BMW Dry suit

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by matthelimech, Mar 8, 2013.

  1. TuonoBiker

    TuonoBiker Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the great review, cliffy! Thats more like it!!

    Makes me even more happy about purchasing the rp3 on clearance. Might be a bit overkill, but a good choice in the long term I believe.
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  2. hamiamham

    hamiamham Been here awhile

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    sorry for the dumb question but does this suit go over one's normal riding jacket and pants or is in lieu of it?
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  3. TuonoBiker

    TuonoBiker Been here awhile

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    It is meant to be worn alone.
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  4. cliffy109

    cliffy109 Long timer

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    The GS Dry suit is just another option for a riding jacket and pants. They require no liner to be zipped in for it to be waterproof which is clearly and advantage. However, it is my guess that it will be a good bit hotter in the summer but that's a trade-off no matter what you do.

    So in answer to your question, no, you do not use this suit over another riding jacket. It is a riding jacket.
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  5. giganova

    giganova Been here awhile

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    I had the GS Dry Suit for about three weeks now and use it daily. The quality of the suit is outstanding. It's 100% waterproof in rain, the armor fits nicely, and I love it.

    The only thing that bothers me is that when temp rise above 80 degrees, it can get very hot inside the jacket and pants because there are not many vents.

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  6. modalsaliency

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    I've had the jacket (and gloves) for a few days now. Women's version, embarrassingly, because it fit my narrow frame better and I liked the color scheme more anyway.

    As mentioned it doesn't vent as well as could be hoped, but for a waterproof jacket without a removable liner that's par for the course. I'm actually really happy with it, even more so than the rallye suits I've seen.
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  7. kumakahn

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    I just posted a review on ADV Rider of the GS Dry Jacket that i just bought. It comes up on a search for a review of GS Dry Suit Jacket. Honestly, I love it, and it has a wider temperature range than I expected. If you look, these can be had for much less than MSRP, and I think they are a good deal.
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  8. John Bentall

    John Bentall Been here awhile

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    These flaps were put in to comply with a proposed French law that was rejected only a couple of months before it was due to be introduced.:1drink
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  9. Bill-66

    Bill-66 Hencho in Kansas

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    My wife bought one..so far really likes it..probably has 1000 miles on it. Yes it's hot..not as much venting..but here in the Northwet..that's a problem, 25 days a year.

    I love my old Rally 2..but the liner suituation makes it a no go where it rains all the time..the GS Dry wasn' out when I needed to get somethin after moving up here, I ended up buying an Aerostich Darien set up..it's nothing compared to the Dry..has already been sent back to fix 15 or so soholes worn thru the liner..it had about 8000 miles on it when it went back.
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  10. scubasimon

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    Anybody knows how this compares to the street guard 3 jacket/pants in terms of waterproofing and temperature range? I wear the SG3 today and in Singapore it gets quite warm but the waterproofing is FANTASTIC. Thinking of the GS Dry...how does it compare?
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  11. WooHoo

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    I've had a grey, black, white with red highlights GS Dry jacket for a couple of months now down here in Sydney Australia and would say it's a great jacket.... unless you need an only jacket for a lot of hot tropical riding (such as Singapore).

    The good -

    I find it fantastically comfortable (I'm 5'11'', broad, 95kg, in a size 52). I leave the adjustments in the one 'setting' and it fits well, snug but not at all constricting.

    It's usually BMW quality. I have had a few of their jackets over the years and never been disappointed except when I get the wrong size. My fault.

    It sits well, the armour sits on my shoulders and elbows and does not feel at all loose and 'floaty'. Reassuring.

    The collar does not ride up and rub my helmet around the back of my head. I find this in some jackets and it is very annoying.

    On the two occasions I've been caught in the light rain I was dry. I carry a light rain jacket anyway as a precaution (Aside - I can't understand the appeal of internal removable rain liners, and so some degree thermal liners. I prefer a raincoat and warm layers I can use off the bike without the bike jacket shell).

    The bad -

    I find the vents quite ineffective... I rode home last night, about an hour at 5 degrees Celsius, and didn't even notice I had all the vents open. If they worked I would have frozen solid in the light shirt I was wearing underneath. Heated grips on the BMW F800GS help there.

    On the plus side the corrugated liner used in the inside back section is great to aid circulation and stops too much sweat building up. I leave the gym sweaty and are fine by the time I get home on more temperate commute.

    In cooler climates, say up to 20-25 Celsius, it'll do fine, up from there it'd be getting warm, over 30 degrees Celsius I would be tempted to leave it at home.

    The front large pockets are not good for cold hands when standing around, being top-entry, and the pocket lining is annoying when you hands are wet, it grabs and feels like the packets are turning inside out. Other pockets are fine.

    Small point - I tried swapping the back protectors between my BMW Venting Machine and the GS Dry and while they could be jammed in the pocket it was not a good fit. Shame, as if one back protector could be taken on a ride and swapped between jackets I could more easily carry a mesh jacket and the GS Dry on longer rides, swapping armour as weather required.

    The ugly -

    ... not to me. ...and more importantly, not to my wife. Apparently the colours match the 30th Anniversary BMW colours. Go figure.

    When I bought the Dry jacket I tried the new Rallye (sp?) and tossed it up. As an only jacked I would have got the Rallye but already owning a Venting Machine I thought I could afford to lose the ventilation and pick the jacket based on the weather. I'm happy with my decision.
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  12. kencc

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    Would like to hear more on the waterproofness of the jacket. I am trying to get away from jackets that have a separate liner for waterproof seems they never work in a heavy rain.
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  13. zegm

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    I would also like to see the recommended temperature ranges for the Rally and GS jackets, which is better for lower temps? I love the new blue color on the new rally suit but the GS suit looks like a better Florida winter jacket. I already own the BMW Airshell jacket and love it but below 50F degrees it isn't enough. Yes we Floridians are cold weather wimps!
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  14. DimitriT

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    Old thread but it's here so there's no need to make a new one :p

    I recently bought the jacket and I've ridden for about 1k miles in the cold (?) weather of Colorado. I am quite surprised by how well the jacket fits. Piece of advice: when you think you found your size, try one smaller. And then rinse and repeat. I went 3 sizes down from where I thought I was...

    I'm extremely satisfied by the warmth of it. I like the upper pockets (phone and wallet). I like the back pocket, I like the adjustments, I like the BMW quality (as well as the logo) :) What I didn't like is that I felt a slight breeze just in my arms when I was riding at 26F.

    Most importantly: it IS dry! I kid you not, i was not expecting that... I found my self in a sudden storm in New Mexico (you know which ones I'm talking about) wearing my jacket, GS dry gloves, all around boots and my jeans (don't ask). After arriving at the hotel, I realized my underwear was soaking wet but NOT my torso or hands!

    Well done BMW! Well done! :clap Now I'm going to complete the set and buy the pants. :D
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  15. jle84

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    You mention that these can be had for much less than MSRP - where are you looking? I checked my local BMW shop and they're right at $399 for the pants. Same for the online retailers I'm looking at.
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  16. turnerm

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    I tried on the BMW Dry Gloves at the dealer this week and loved them!
    I bought a pair.
    The sizing was a little troubling for me. I seem to fit both the 9.5 and 10.5 sizes.
    The 10.5 feels better but the fingers are a bit long. The 9.5 are snug and not sure how they will feel after many hrs.
    But the build is great. Great materials. Water and wind proof.
    They have leather, corder and gore tex.
    They are the best pair Ive had. I usually buy the cheap kinds that you find at other moto dealerships.
    I hope they last a long time. Thats my only concern, once I got over the price.
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  17. TuonoBiker

    TuonoBiker Been here awhile

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    10k miles on my GS Dry gloves and no signs of any wear yet. The only spot i could mention is a small amount of "pilling" on top of index fingers where it rubs the brake lever as i transition from gripping to braking....

    Love goretex extrafit. No inner glove sewn in to the glove.

    :freaky
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  18. Simonhantler

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    i agree about the liner. i have the rally 2 and it pisses me off that the outer gets soaked and its mostly dry inside, but getting the outer wet makes you feel cold and damp, and then you have to make sure its dry for the next days riding. I'm going to sell it and look for a really good jacket, don't care about price , that is waterproof (nothing is) on outer and has the long cut of an adv jacket. venting not that important here in nz as we just open it up on hot days. its not humid or too hot here anyway.
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  19. Simonhantler

    Simonhantler Been here awhile

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    waterproof plus don't work, stupid idea
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  20. gatitaBonita

    gatitaBonita Right meow.

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    I know this is an old thread, but in case anyone out there is still wondering about the waterproofing... I've been wearing the GS Dry Suit this season, and have been in some heavy rain a few times, and have found that it keeps me 100% dry.

    The outside of the suit gets soaked, but the waterproof layer kept me completely dry on the inside.
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