Looking for an ultralight wateproof suit for commuting

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by mlarivie, Mar 31, 2013.

  1. mlarivie

    mlarivie Adventurer

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    Just picked up a Concours this weekend and I'm looking to use it as a full time commuter rain or shine. My work commute is 20 miles. I've got a Joe Rocket Alter Ego 2.0 Jacket/Pant combo right now but I'm looking for something simpler to commute to work in New England rain or shine. I'd say what I hate about what I've got now is the zippers suck on the pants and the pads move in the jacket making it hard to get in and out of. I was thinking the Kathmandu would be a good buy but I didn't want to end up with another big jacket. I'm looking for a light suit that does it all and I can wear to work, preferably with no armor. I've got a a firstgear heated jacket and gerbing gloves so I'm covered with heat. What has worked for you guys? I'm not ready to throw down on an aerostich suit yet. Any advice on what to get?
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  2. AlanCT

    AlanCT The Byronic Man

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    You could keep an eye out for a used Aerostich suit, or maybe an Olympia Phantom?


    The Concours has awesome weather protection.:clap
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  3. ak bike

    ak bike Been here awhile

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    I purchased a pair of frog tog rain pants and since I want to be as visible as possible bought a hi viz la crosse rain coat and am very satisfied with them . I have a number of heavy rain days behind me some in excess of 200 mile days and have no complaints with the products. I am sure there is a number of adequate rain gear available . For the price the gear I have works for me .
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  4. lmychajluk

    lmychajluk Long timer

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    Doesn't sound like you're an ATGATT type of guy. Are you looking for just raingear or a riding suit? You may want to check out TourMasters line of rain gear and riding suits.

    Centurion Riding Suit
    http://www.revzilla.com/product/tour-master-centurion-1-piece-suit

    Elite Rain Suit
    http://www.revzilla.com/product/tour-master-elite-series-ii-1-piece-rainsuit

    BTW, I used to ride with the JR Alter Ego 2.0 jacket and pants. I liked the gear, but you're right the zippers were finicky. I went down in a lowside at around 45-50 and it the gear did it's job. I screwed up my knee because I tried to put my foot down, and fractured a few ribs from an impact, but didn't have a scratch on me, even though parts of the jacket and pants were shredded. I replaced it with a Cortech GX Air jacket and First Gear overpants (which are much easier to don than the Alter Ego pants).
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  5. burmbuster

    burmbuster Long timer

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    Light and cheap equals Frog Togs. I dont use them but I have friends that do and they swear by them.
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  6. Cerberus83

    Cerberus83 The Wingman

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    Frogg's 2-piece suit for $50-$60. Rained for 4 days straight on my ride in the Ozark's last year and I was completely dry. It's a good windbreaker suit as well.

    The only issue with the Frogg's rain pants it that they do not have pockets, but they do have opening (which is covered and has a button) so that you can reach into your riding pants pockets. If you leave it open, there's a chance you might get some moisture/water on your riding pants underneath, but nothing terrible. I learned early on just to keep the "pockets" closed and it was all good from there on....

    Definitely recommend them!
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  7. Jim K.

    Jim K. Long timer

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    The ultimate weatherproof commuting suit is the Aerostitch Roadcrafter, but light & cheap it most def. is not.
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  8. MillCreek

    MillCreek ADV Risk Manager

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    I own an Olympia Phantom, and it is heavy and stiff.
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  9. SloMo228

    SloMo228 World Class Cheapass

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    Another vote for the Frogg Toggs. I have a 2-piece suit and it is absolutely waterproof, provided you keep the through-pockets closed as mentioned above. And it doesn't get much lighter or more packable than that. My only issue with them is that they are not cut for tall people so I have to have an XL for the right length sleeves and pant legs, but way too much extra material around the midsection, so it's kind of a flappy, noisy suit. If you don't have gorilla arms or are of a more average stature, they'll probably fit better.
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  10. mlarivie

    mlarivie Adventurer

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    Thanks for the heads up I was going to pull the trigger on one of these suits but I've already got a 300lb leather jacket..
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  11. mlarivie

    mlarivie Adventurer

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    Thanks Lee, I may check out Firstgear's jackets their heated jacket liner rocks, I sold my gerbing for one and just rode to work with it snowing and 30*F :D
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  12. mlarivie

    mlarivie Adventurer

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    Can someone link me to the riders Frogg Toggs?
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  13. neo1piv014

    neo1piv014 ADV in training

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    If you're looking for the rain suit to pack up light and small, I'd check the camping supply section at Walmart. Before I got waterproof riding pants, I just picked up a pair of Coleman overpants for $10 that I could put on over my boots and jeans. They're not stylish by any means, but they fold up to the size of a can of coke. I believe they also made a waterproof jacket that you could wear on top of your existing riding gear.
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  14. NJ Moto

    NJ Moto Long timer

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    Google "Frogg Toggs Road Toads".
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  15. lmychajluk

    lmychajluk Long timer

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    I just got the Powerlet jacket liner and am pretty happy with it as well. 30 degrees is no problem with my JR Ballistic jacket and this liner.

    But please clarify - are you looking for a one-piece riding suit, raingear, or just general recommendations for commuter wear? It seems most in this thread seem to think that you're looking for a rainsuit, but I didn't get that impression from your OP.
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  16. Botch

    Botch Been here awhile

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    Another warm, dry, happy Frogg Togg user here.
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