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post #1 of 15 Old Jan 5th, 2011, 9:53 pm Thread Starter
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Rode about 80 miles today in a pretty hard rain at about 40 degrees and stayed bone dry in my new Tourmaster Sentinel suit. It's the best I have had so far.
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Glad you like your Tour Master suit - but I've never understood the logic of paying $80 to $150 for something most riders use a couple of times a year. I guess if you're a daily commuter in a rotten climate that makes sense and is probably a great investment.

The best rain suit I've ever used is generic one piece WHITE painter's coveralls made from waterproof and breathable Tyvek. $3 each and they pack incredibly small - the size of an 8 X 12 envelope.

When grungy after a few uses I toss 'em.

They are cut very generously and easily go on over top all of your protective gear - in sizes up to XXL - which will fit King Kong.


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I can see your point of the two times a year deal Ron but I do use mine a lot. It's a pain putting them on for a short ride but you can't beat them for sustained riding. In fact for short rides I just like the Firstgear stuff I ride in all the time but after a while in heavy rain the crotch always got soaked.Tried the Frogs Toggs before that and didn't like them. They were too bulky and floppy.
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Glad you like your Tour Master suit - but I've never understood the logic of paying $80 to $150 for something most riders use a couple of times a year. I guess if you're a daily commuter in a rotten climate that makes sense and is probably a great investment.

The best rain suit I've ever used is generic one piece WHITE painter's coveralls made from waterproof and breathable Tyvek. $3 each and they pack incredibly small - the size of an 8 X 12 envelope.

When grungy after a few uses I toss 'em.

They are cut very generously and easily go on over top all of your protective gear - in sizes up to XXL - which will fit King Kong.
Are you serious Clark? Where do you get these?
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I keep an inexpensive rain suit from Walley World on the bike and use it occasionally when it it cold and I just need something to break the wind on a cold day when I'm wearing my summer jacket. It takes up very little room and can make the difference between being cold or toasty..

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I commute in Phoenix year round and for my commuting gear, I wear an Olympia Stealth 1-piece suit over my work clothes. Since it is a summer mesh suit, it is not rain proof and so when the skies open up, I put a Revit Titan rain suit over it. Bought it at a nice discount. For day rides and trips mu Olympia AST keeps me dry if it should rain.

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Are you serious Clark? Where do you get these?
Lowes carrys them and I'm sure others.

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The best rain suit I've ever used is generic one piece WHITE painter's coveralls made from waterproof and breathable Tyvek. $3 each and they pack incredibly small - the size of an 8 X 12 envelope.
Ron,

You must have either purchased your 100 years ago or bought a case.... They are now almost $11.00. Still better than zip in an emergency or occasional use..

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You must have either purchased your 100 years ago or bought a case.... They are now almost $11.00. Still better than zip in an emergency or occasional use..
$9.52 each at my local Lowes.

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Just bought them in a two pack a few weeks ago at my local Finishmaster auto body supply store for $7.00. I store one under the seat in all my bikes and on the boat - they also do an excellent job of functioning as a wind blocker. The XL fits me great over top my riding gear - I'm 6' and 225 lbs.

They would never be a substitute for purpose built rain gear if I had an Armani suit underneath but they're 90% up to the job and the visibility factor is huge.

If only they made them in dayglo green with a BMW logo. But then they would sell for $24.99 each....


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I can see your point of the two times a year deal Ron but I do use mine a lot. It's a pain putting them on for a short ride but you can't beat them for sustained riding. In fact for short rides I just like the Firstgear stuff I ride in all the time but after a while in heavy rain the crotch always got soaked.Tried the Frogs Toggs before that and didn't like them. They were too bulky and floppy.
Good point - I never understood how the Frogg Toggs got so popular, they're just plain weird.


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Good point - I never understood how the Frogg Toggs got so popular, they're just plain weird.
Just for the record, I like Frogg Toggs. They have kept me completely dry while riding at freeway speeds through many hours of heavy downpours. They were a good value, come with built-in reflective bands and piping, and store in a compact bag that fits easily in a side or top case (or strapped to the pillion).
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Good point - I never understood how the Frogg Toggs got so popular, they're just plain weird.
I always thought so myself.

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[QUOTE=RonKMiller]Glad you like your Tour Master suit - but I've never understood the logic of paying $80 to $150 for something most riders use a couple of times a year. I guess if you're a daily commuter in a rotten climate that makes sense and is probably a great investment.

Spoken like a true desert dweller! I am riding through Tucson in two weeks and I plan to bring my rainsuit.
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Got the same GoreTex stuff I've been using for 20+ years on and off the bike. Figure its extra cost easily offset by longevity if you are a year round rider in more typical climates than AZ. Packs very small.
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