Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Augusta, GA, USA
I use the newer model Tourmaster rain jacket (yellow and black) that has a fairly effective hooded neck protector built inside the collar. The hood part that goes over your head is very thin and the material that protects the back (and sides) of your neck is a waterproof material. I had the older model that held up very well and kept me dry - it just did not have the hood.
My rain pants are my winter riding over pants without the liner. Firstgear from New Enough for $99.00 a couple of years ago on special. I keep them coated with Camp Dry just to keep the outer shell from getting soaked in a heavy rain.
I can stop and have my rain gear on in no time, because the pants seal up the sides of the legs. The other rain gear I have tried make you do the one foot hop or you have to sit down to get them on over you boots. I also like the idea that I can unzip the upper part of the pants while riding if I get too hot - as in after the rain stops and the sun comes out and you start to roast (or steam) and you don't want to stop to take everything off at that moment.
For the life of me, I cannot understand the practicality of rain gear you have to remove all your gear to install INSIDE your riding gear - and then re-dress.
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