Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Lakewood (Denver), CO, USA
I would agree with Brian. If you do buy something with liners, they aren't very practical for rain situations where you get caught in the rain. A $40 set of rain gear takes up very little space, but gives some good versatility. Easy to put on in the rain and can also be used when you get caught out in the cold. Of course, if you are riding in the Southern US during the summer and it starts to rain, a set of rain gear is going to get awful warm. There are some GoreTex rain suits out there, I think even BMW has one, and they would breath in the heat.
I just ordered a mesh jacket from MotoPort and I am going to hold off on the lining for now. My Cycloak jacket is great for Fall-Spring, but gets pretty toasty in the summer. I did ride in the Cycloak in 100 degree heat, but it wasn't comfortable at all. I think the newer Cycloak stuff has some pitzips, but I don't know if that is enough. I found that with the cuffs and neck loosened up, I could do the Michelin Man routine and stay cooler. Doesn't feel as bad when the jacket isn't touching your skin.
It just doesn't make sense to me to have a waterproof liner. I guess I have never tried it, but I keep things in my pockets. If rain comes up suddenly, then you have to stop, undress, don liners, and don pants/jacket. If you buy some kind of rain gear, you just slide it over what you have on and everything is still dry when you get where you are going. Unless it is warm enough for you to sweat like crazy inside the rubber suit.