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post #1 of 44 Old 05-16-2014, 05:33 PM Thread Starter
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Waterproof rain gear

I am planning a trip to Yukon/Alaska and would like to stay DRY. I was looking at Klim which is "guaranteed" to be waterproof. The product and material appears to be of a very quality and finish. It is made with Gortex and comes with body armour, full ventilation, padded liner and pockets. Very pricey....$1000+ for jacket and pants. I don't want the cheap plastic slip over rain gear.

Can anyone recommend other good quality rain gear that is waterproof and rugged?

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post #2 of 44 Old 05-16-2014, 05:38 PM
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KLIM...

I pulled the trigger and bought the KLIM bright yellow Badlands jacket and pants. After having all "other" stuff all I can say is that it is worth the money. No more taking on and off rain gear.
Also, when you see how well the stuff is made...the crash protection/padding...you see what you are paying for.
After breaking a few ribs, in my Baja treck, if I had had this jacket on I doubt I would have broken anything.
Great stuff. if you buy it I have a great store that I have dealt with and they are great!

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Great testimonial. Where did you buy it?

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post #4 of 44 Old 05-17-2014, 08:22 PM
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I like frogg toggs. It is very light, feels like paper but much stronger. Breaths. Dosent take up alot of room in my luggage. And it is like $70.00.

http://www.froggtoggsraingear.com/Motorcycle.shtm
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I pulled the trigger and bought the KLIM bright yellow Badlands jacket and pants. After having all "other" stuff all I can say is that it is worth the money. No more taking on and off rain gear.
Also, when you see how well the stuff is made...the crash protection/padding...you see what you are paying for.
After breaking a few ribs, in my Baja treck, if I had had this jacket on I doubt I would have broken anything.
Great stuff. if you buy it I have a great store that I have dealt with and they are great!
Have you worn it in hot weather yet? Just wondering how tolerable it is in the heat.
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post #7 of 44 Old 05-18-2014, 04:40 PM
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Aerostich rocks!

Kruzzin5:

I own a two piece AeroStich Roadcrafter that is nearly 20 years old (one re-build) , is still waterproof and is still extremely functional. It has over 150K miles on it too. It does leak a small amount in the crotch area but when riding at 80 mph, in the rain, for hours, {that is riding in a hurricane}, a small softball sized amount of leakage, to me, is more than tolerable. I am unsure whether the new ones still have this problem, but to us old IronButters who wore them, that was never, ever an issue. The protection they provide is top notch too, and they were also allowed at most instructional track days on most tracks back in the day. Full leathers or a Stich, that was it.

Here's their link: Home :: Aerostich/RiderWearHouse Motorcycle Jackets, Suits, Clothing, & Gear

While you are there looking, order one of their catalogs. They have so much cool stuff in there for riders (and non-riders) I guarantee you that you WILL buy something out the catalog. ;-)

https://www.aerostich.com/index.php/catalogrequest/

Uncle Fester recommended Frogg Toggs and allow me to let you in on one thing. First, yes, I have owned Frogg Toggs, and so has my wife. They are light, they pack up nicely and they will keep you dry. The only drawback to them is this. You have to stop and put them on, and then stop again to take them off. Repeat. Repeat. Etc. I don't like to stop when riding. If I am on an IronButt type run, I just hate to pull over. Sometimes there's no good place to do that when the rain hits, and you are getting soaked in the meantime.

With the Stich, you just keep riding. The rain stops and the sun comes out? You just keep riding. It gets chilly when the sun goes down? You just keep the throttle twisted. Plus, in the case of a get-off, the Frogg Toggs will give you no protection...no padding in the shoulders, hips, knees, elbows. They are what they are....a very decent rain suit that does the job of keeping you dry but for me, the Stich is the way to go.

I will have another one too...IF this one ever wears out! :mrgreen:

I have no info about the other suit recommended, but I plan on looking at it to learn more about them.

One more thing.....a trip to Alaska is the trip of a lifetime. Get a full suit for an adventure like that. Have a great trip, take lots of pictures and share with us the stories you live out while riding up there. :biggrinjester:

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I have Tourmaster jeans and they have kept me perfectly dry in many hundreds of miles of superslab rain. They can be a tad warm in summer, I also have a Sliders jacket that has kept me very Dry. It's HI Viz yellowish (Ugly greenish/yellowish) with kevlar and padding. It has two liners, one for rain and another that combines with the rain liner for warmth. In Florida's humid summers it's too hot with liners. Although it has lots of mesh it can be hot even with no liners. Heck, anything is hot. In that weather I just let it rain through if I'm passing through rain as it just cools me off. If I'm heading into hundreds of miles of rain I'll use the liner. In summer I don't mind wet as long as my drawers stay dry. Although a tad warm I generally just leave the Tourmaster jeans on as they have the armor/padding. The Sliders jacket was cheap. It's been good to me. They run small.

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I gave up on the over gear waterproof stuff because of the hassle and went with Tourmaster Jacket (epic - not expensive) and Caliber pants. Both have seen plenty of rain and work fine. I am OK with this set-up til 85-90F. If hotter than that will try drenching synthetic shirt with water and trying evaporative cooling. I expect the more expensive gear lasts longer.
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I have to give a to Frogg's Toggs. I had a set of them and they worked better than nothing at all but the last time I used them (probably only the 3rd time I'd used them at all) I wound up getting SOAKED so badly that when I stopped again I took the whole set off and threw it in a parking-lot trashcan.

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