Stay Dry, Stay Safe with The Best 10 Motorcycle Rain Suits of 2018
The western hemisphere has been polluting the atmosphere for decades, before collectively deciding put the brakes on. Unfortunately, the emerging industrial nations of the Far East are now turning the air black too, and Mother Nature is still getting a good kicking.
What does this have to do with motorcyclists I hear you say? Well, just this, the world’s weather systems have gone haywire and the number of soakings per year is definitely on the rise.
Obviously, we can’t stop riding but we can limit our exposure to the dreaded soggy bottom, by investing in some good rain gear.
A decent waterproof suit doesn’t just keep you dry either. By keeping the worst of the weather at bay, it’s allowing you to focus on the task of piloting your bike in tricky conditions.
With more people enjoying outdoor leisure pursuits, there is a plethora of wet weather gear available on the market. As effective as these may be, a waterproof suit that’s motorcycle specific, is designed for your particular requirements.
So, to give you a good idea of what to look for in a waterproof suit, here are a few quick pointers. Firstly, always try them on over your normal riding gear. There’s nothing worse than pulling out your new kit to find you cant get it over your leather.
Next, sit down. The back of the trousers should not expose any part of your back and they should be long enough with the knees bent, to cover your boots. Similarly, with your arms outstretched in front of you, the sleeves should cover your whole arm.
Also, check out the arms and ankles for elasticated cuffs or for anything that’s going to make it easier to put them on over boots. Finally, have a good look at the inside, are the seams taped or welded and as odd as it may sound in a waterproof suit, is it vented?
The Best 10 Motorcycle Rain Suits of 2018:
This two piecer from Viking Cycle has more features than you can shake a wet stick at! Made from a polyester shell backed with PVC, the jacket gets a full-length zipper and Velcro flap.
The hem, cuffs and waist are all elasticated and the trousers also get an elasticated cuff as well as removable stirrups. The black suits come with grey, orange or hi-viz green accents and all feature reflected stripes.
Scoyco is better known for their pro-motocross gear, and this waterproof reflective suit is a fine addition to their range. Made from lightweight, breathable polyester, the suit can fold down into a tiny space, so is easy to stash.
The back of the pants and jacket are adjustable, as is the bottom of the trousers, which have three Velcro straps to allow for boot coverage. Sizing goes from Medium to XXL, but the pants look like quite a slim fit.
A serious two-piece, size matched suit for those long wet trips. The nylon shell has a polyurethane backing, and all seams are sealed. The Defender features an under the helmet hood to stop back of the neck drips, and the jacket has a dual wind flap and underarm vents.
The pants come with a high-density panel around the seat, an elasticated waist and a personal fave of mine, removable suspenders and stirrups. Sized to fit over your regular gear, The Defender 2 comes with extensive hi-viz panels on the jacket.
The RS-2 consists of polyester outer body backed by PVC, to give a waterproof finish. A full-length zipper secures the jacket, which has a Velcro fastening storm flap closure, and an inner collar lined with corduroy.
The back of the jacket comes down good and deep at the rear and has some great features. These include an elasticated waist section and a full width variable flow vent. Two gusseted pockets on the jacket hold plenty, and the suit comes in black with four contrasting color options.
One of the few rain suits that go from Small to 4XL, so Nelson-Rigg deserves some kudos for this alone. Going with the usual Polyester outer, PVC inner combo, the suit is 100% waterproof.
There’s lots of tape on the inside seams, and both the pants and jacket feature plenty of elasticated cuffs and bands at all the wind-blown-rain access points. You also get a corduroy lined collar with a folding hood; trousers come with stirrups.
This ultra-light one-piece suit by Xtreemgear is designed to stash away in your luggage, and at just one pound in weight, you won’t even notice it’s there. It may be light, but it’s plenty sturdy, with a Polyester and PU, coated outer and PVC inner, making it 100% waterproof and breathable.
Storm cuffs at the ankle, neck, and wrist, keep the wet stuff out, while the diagonal zipper goes from the neck all the way down to the knee. The extra long zip gets a double storm flap and allows the suit to be put on in seconds.
I was slightly concerned that Nexgen list this as merely ‘water resistant’ but judging by the positive feedback, it keeps the rain out along with the best of them.
This well made two-piece suit is 100% Oxford Nylon. The suit features a heat guard on the lower trouser leg for all you cruisers out there and reflective piping on the front, back and arms. Ankle and wrist cuffs are elasticated, and the trousers come with suspenders.
State of the art rain gear with a crazy name. This suit consists of non-woven polypropylene with taped seams, which makes it waterproof and breathable. The jacket comes down lower than the waist, and a draw cord makes it adjustable.
The reflective piping is effective without being intrusive and runs down both jacket and pants. The pants also feature a 1″ adjustable belt, and the 16″ leg openings make it easy to get them on over a booted foot.
As the name suggests, this Weise one-piece suit is capable of keeping you both dry and warm. The suit’s nylon construction comes with the seams taped and welded, and the inside has a full quilted lining.
Twin 3M reflective stripes take care of low light duties, and the neck to thigh zipper should make it easy to get in and out. An elasticated waist will stop you blowing up like a Michelin Man. The leg openings have nice long zips, and the suit has a smart tailored look to it.
A top 10 of rain suits wouldn’t be the same if a BMW item didn’t sneak in somewhere, and why not? This 100% nylon suit with PU coating is wind and waterproof. The body is hi-viz already but also has reflective print along the legs.
The seat is reinforced and non-slip, and there’s even a heat resistant inner leg panel. The long front and leg zippers make on and offs a cinch, and there’s a high collar with foldaway hood.
The Best 10 Motorcycle Rain Suits of 2018: Conclusion
One-piece waterproof suit or two-piece rain gear, it doesn’t matter as long as the suit has the quality and materials to do the job properly. So Stay Dry, Stay Safe with the Best 10 Motorcycle Rain Suits of 2018 and you will be able to give your full attention to the road.