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I just finished 300 miles in the rain and want to pass on a tip. I am not sure if I read it on this board or another one.

In the summer I like to ride with one of the mesh/armor jackets. The issue is the normal summer rain storms. Someone suggested that by removing the armor from a Darien it can be folded into a smaller package, then stowed, and used as an over liner for the armor/mesh jackets. I know some individuals have issues with Darien’s, but mine has always been dry and other than a small leak around the neck (caused by user error) is a good wet weather jacket. I had an opportunity to use it this week over my Venting Machine. Five hours in the rain from torrential to drizzle from FL to GA and I remained dry and comfortable.

I have used the liner provided by other mesh/armor jackets and they always seemed to leak or were so restrictive that my body heat made them clammy. With the Darien over my jacket, instead of inside it there was room for airflow and I never felt the clammy feeling I had experienced before. I also believe the Darien will provide a nice over jacket for the early morning commute, and then fold it up and wear my Venting Machine for the return ride home.

This is just an idea to expand the range of your wardrobe and save a few dollars on other items.
 

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this past sunday riding home from harrisburg i started to wear my joe rocket liner on the outside of my jacket and i stayed very dry
 

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Yup. the inner linings of summer jackets are okay for "misting" / light drizzle. When it RAINS, I just use a TourMaster rainsuit.

Perspiration is a defeater of comfort.

Growing up in Louisiana I learned when riding my HD I would get caught in the rain so I'd stop and pull out a large garbage bag, poke a hole for my head and arms and stay fairly dry.. of course the arms got wet, but I could keep most of the torso dry.
 

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In warm weather I don't even bother with rain gear. Just ride, it feels good.
 

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I just finished a trip to thye northwest and prior to the trip I bought some Frogg Toggs for $50. They work. Over 6 hours in the rain and my feet, hands and face were soaked but my body was dry as a bone. They are breathable and my wife HATES rubber rain suits. Hell half the time she left the pants on because they added a little wrmth and she did not mind them at all.
 

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Frogg Toggs

I bought mine from Miami Cycle Works near Cincinnati. The owner Oscar is a real nice guy and I am sure he can hook you up. They have a web site:
www.miamicycleworks.com
They are going to be moving to a new physical location this next week but will be operational by July 5th. They are still open this week.
 

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RiderRay said:
Where did you find Frog Toggs? I tried finding a website and couldn't.

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Ray - a lot of the sporting goods stores now carry Frogg Toggs. I bought a set at an Academy Store in San Antonio, and they had a nice selection of sizes and various colors. One suggestion - either buy a size larger than you would normally wear so that it fits over your regular riding gear, or do a 'try on' in the store with your gear on. HTH.
 

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Frogg Toggs

Frogg Toggs have a website: www.froggtoggs.com

Just what I'm looking for! I have a older Aerostich Roadcrafter that doesn't shed water like it did when new. The Angler Frogg Toggs looks like the ticket. The Bib pants should keep you dry!
 

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Frogg Toggs have a website: www.froggtoggs.com

Just what I'm looking for! I have a older Aerostich Roadcrafter that doesn't shed water like it did when new. The Angler Frogg Toggs looks like the ticket. The Bib pants should keep you dry!
The Frogg Toggs will keep you dry. The bib pants are hard to put on in a hurry with your boots on. Frogg Toggs (the paper looking kind) do not hold up very well in windy conditions - as in low wind protection bike riding. The jackets hood can be used under your helmet and completely stop all rain down the neck or will keep you warm on a cold day. Also - the material can be ripped - as in catching the center stand lever with your pant leg.
 

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lnowell said:
The Frogg Toggs will keep you dry. The bib pants are hard to put on in a hurry with your boots on. Frogg Toggs (the paper looking kind) do not hold up very well in windy conditions - as in low wind protection bike riding. The jackets hood can be used under your helmet and completely stop all rain down the neck or will keep you warm on a cold day. Also - the material can be ripped - as in catching the center stand lever with your pant leg.
I've been using Frogg Toggs the past couple of months. I've worn that at highway speeds for hours and I stay dry. I did buy them a size larger, but should have two sizes larger -- depends on what you're putting them over, of course. The pants are several inches too short for me; I find it hard to believe that the XL pants are as short as they are -- just beware.

They also "pill" easily from contact/abrasion on the bike, and they will melt if they contact a hot surface, of course. But for $50 and up (depending on model) they work very well. I would have bought the bib-style pants if the dealer had them. Next time I'll buy directly from them.
 

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I use Gore-Tex over my vented ride wear. It really works well and keeps me very dry. Living the great North Wet you need to have Gore-Tex It really is amazing stuff. Needless to say it comes in all sizes and lengths.
David Shealy, Jeff Mitchell and I all had that setup on a little ride we did. It worked well for all of us.
YMMV...but I doubt it:D
 

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Coni, what specific brand/manufacturer GoreTex suit are you using?
 

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Coni, what specific brand/manufacturer GoreTex suit are you using?
Ken,

My Jacket is Eddie Bauer but it is over 15 years old. I bought a black one and a tan one at that time. I have recently been into Eddie Bauer looking for a replacement and I could not find one. I know that there are many manufactured NOW, that make them, so that is on my (never ending) list of things to do.

The pants I purchased at REI this year. I will no doubt go to REI to find a replacement jacket. The jacket works just fine, it is just getting a little worn. I like black cause it does not show the dirt. (Tan, not so good)

Another thing I like about Gore-Tex is you can wear it out golfing, boating or just running errands. Needless to say it never pills up and you save a bundle by not spraying Scotchguard on everything, not to mention the toxic fumes.

HTH:)
 

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Frogg Toggs are great on the LT but a word of caution. My buddies wear them on Harleys and Honda Shadows with very HOT pipes. The Frogg Toggs do melt on the right leg where they touch the pipes. Frogg Togg makes a heat resistant protector patch for the inside leg, don't forget to ask for one if you are riding something with HOT pipes.

I use the First Gear gortex... great stuff.
 

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Thanks, Coni.

I'm still hoping for a waterproof riding suit that has enough well-placed vents that actually work in the heat, but so far, no luck. Why can't someone make a true four-season jacket & pants? I can bring a heated liner and cool vest for those extremes, but I hate fussing with rain gear, and I do find myself in 90-100 degrees fairly often. They're getting closer, but just not there yet. Guess I'll keep looking.
 

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So.. Chann.. Was that one of those "leaf" bags or just a trash bag? Did they make Hefty bags back then? :)



cfell said:
Yup. the inner linings of summer jackets are okay for "misting" / light drizzle. When it RAINS, I just use a TourMaster rainsuit.

Perspiration is a defeater of comfort.

Growing up in Louisiana I learned when riding my HD I would get caught in the rain so I'd stop and pull out a large garbage bag, poke a hole for my head and arms and stay fairly dry.. of course the arms got wet, but I could keep most of the torso dry.
 

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cfell said:
Yup. the inner linings of summer jackets are okay for "misting" / light drizzle. When it RAINS, I just use a TourMaster rainsuit.

Perspiration is a defeater of comfort.

Growing up in Louisiana I learned when riding my HD I would get caught in the rain so I'd stop and pull out a large garbage bag, poke a hole for my head and arms and stay fairly dry.. of course the arms got wet, but I could keep most of the torso dry.

In AZ we call that a Mexican rain coat!
 

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cfell said:
...Growing up in Louisiana I learned when riding my HD I would get caught in the rain so I'd stop and pull out a large garbage bag, poke a hole for my head and arms and stay fairly dry.. of course the arms got wet, but I could keep most of the torso dry.
I saw this being done just a few days ago by a guy on a cruiser. I couldn't believe what I was seeing... first time for me to see that. But I guess "any port in a storm"...
 
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