Don’t Rely On The Weather: Consider A Motorcycle Rain Suit

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Once upon a time, I was coming home from my first-ever motorcycle trip abroad.

With broad shoulders and my chest puffed out, I was gallantly returning from the Alps like a soldier returning from war.

Until I hit the Netherlands.

The rain started to come down gently at first. And then it came down harder until it reached the point where it actually became dangerous.

Eventually, I decided I’d suffered enough. So I pulled over to stick on my one-piece rain suit.

Finally, after what felt like hours, the rain suit was on, and I was once again on my way to the ferry port.

Within seconds – literally, seconds – the rain stopped, and the sun came out.

As calmly as I could, I pulled over to the side of the road (again) and went through the whole charade in reverse as I removed the suit, folded it up, and packed it neatly in my top box.

This happened THREE times in a row. Every time I put the suit on, it stopped raining. And every time I took it off again, it started.

Finally, I reached the ferry port – pissed wet through. I was wet on the outside due to the rain. And I was wet on the inside – due to over-heating in the suit.

Either way, I was wet – and it wasn’t a pleasant experience. And since that day, I vowed never again to get caught in such circumstances.

Of course, I couldn’t help the rain. But I could help how I would deal with it if this situation happened again.

So in this post, I want to through some of the best motorcycle rain suits to help you avoid a similar fate!

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Our Top 3 Picks

Oxford Rainseal motorcycle rain suit

Best Budget Motorcycle Rain Suit:

Oxford Rainseal

Oxford Stormseal

Best Mid-Range Motorcycle Rain Suit:

Oxford Stormseal

Rev'It Pacific 3 motorcycle rain suit

Best Premium Motorcycle Rain Suit:

Rev’It Pacific 3


Budget Rain Suits

I’m a big fan of budget rain suits. Mainly because they don’t need to be expensive to be effective.

Hell, strap yourself into a bin bag, and it’ll do the trick.

As long as your rain suit is made from some form of waterproof construction and the zips and seams are taped, it’ll do the job.

For this reason, I see no reason why most people would need to stretch beyond the budget or mid-range rain suits on this list.

Oxford Rainseal All-Weather Motorcycle Rain Suit

I like the Oxford rain suit. After the nightmare above from a cheap one I found on eBay, I returned home and purchased this one from Oxford.

Impressed with its performance, my dad also bought one – an item he used almost constantly on our recent trip to a very wet Norway.

The suit covers the basics in that it’s waterproof and has water-resistant seams. It has adjustable cuffs and ankles that stop seepage around your gloves and make it easier to get over your boots.

You’ll also find an elasticated waist to prevent flapping whilst adding an element of comfort.

Finally, the Oxford Rainseal comes oversized. This means that if you usually take a size Medium, you won’t need to buy a size or two bigger to accommodate your riding gear. Buy a size Medium, and it should be fine.

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Spada Eco One-Piece Rain Suit

As with the Oxford rain suit above, this offering from Spada does exactly what it says on the tin – and at a very reasonable price.

It’s fully waterproof and windproof, and the top half is mesh-lined for added comfort and ventilation.

The diagonal zip (which makes it easier to put on and take off), and the leg zips (that make it easier to get over those clunky boots), are two features we like.

As with the Oxford rain suit, the Spada Eco has an elasticated waist to minimise flapping whilst improving comfort.

This rain suit also has an outer pocket for added convenience.

Lastly, this rain suit is also oversized. This means your regular size should fit over your riding gear.

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Thor Rain Suit

This rain suit by Thor has had a bit of a bad rep – but that’s because people keep buying it for the wrong type of riding! If you’re an off-road rider, you’ll know Thor makes gear predominantly for off-roading – not motorway (highway) riding.

Off-road riding requires (generally) slower speeds and more movement on the bike. Therefore, this ‘baggy’ rain suit is NOT made for 120 mph blasts on the autobahn – it’s made for slow speeds and lots of movement.

If you’re a road rider, this isn’t the rain suit you need. But if you’re an off-road rider looking for protection against the elements when on the trails, it’s a decent choice at a fair price.

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Mid-Range Rain Suits

If you tour in colder, wetter climates, perhaps a mid-range or premium rain suit would suit you best.

With these mid-range options, you’ll find additional features such as waterproof zips (rather than water-resistant), quilted linings for warmth, and even integrated hoods.

Some also have more tactile openings for ease of use when putting them on or taking them off.

These are our favourites in this category.

Weise Siberian Waterproof 1 Rain Suit

Okay, so you’re never going to win any fashion awards wearing this thing! But looks aside, I really like this mid-range offering from Weise.

Whilst even the budget suits are waterproof, they often include water-resistant zips – rather than waterproof. With the Siberian, however, the YKK zips and seams are as waterproof as the rest of the garment.

Unlike the cheaper suits above, the Siberian also offers warmth and insulation – thanks to the polyester thermal quilted lining. It’s definitely suited to winter rides rather than summer ones.

At first, I disliked that the cuffs and ankles were zips and velcro – rather than elastic. But then I realised that the zips and velcro make it a damn sight easier to get on and off – a benefit that far outweighs the benefits of elasticated cuffs!

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Oxford Stormseal Rain Suit

As mentioned above, I’m a big fan of the Oxford Rainseal suit in the budget section. If you are, too, you might love the mid-range offering by the same company.

It’s pretty much twice the price of the budget version, but you get quite a few upgrades for the extra cash. And at around £70, it’s still good value for money.

As you might expect, it’s fully waterproof. But unlike the Rainseal suit, this Stormseal option is fully mesh lined. Another nice feature is that it has an integrated hood which can be folded away – an underrated feature in my book! Hoods on bikes work wonders.

As with the Spada suit above, the Stormseal has velcro ankles and cuffs for ease and fit and an extra long easy-on zip fastening.

Oxford Stormseal

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Richa Typhoon Rain Suit

As with Oxford and Weise, Richa offers some great products at reasonable prices. As it goes, we’re big fans of their gloves – which are fantastic value for money!

Anyway, back to the suit.

The Typhoon is fully waterproof, thanks to its PVC construction. It’s incredibly well sealed, too – and you can notice considerable protection from the wind when you ride with it.

Richa went for elasticated cuffs and ankles. This makes it more protective from the elements but harder to get on and off.

That said, the Typhoon features a clever knee-to-neck entry zip which makes getting it on and off a whole lot easier.

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RST Waterproof 1-Piece Suit

This offering from RST is a great mid-range option for those looking to spend around £50.

It’s made from 100% PVC construction and is fully waterproof. And where most brands go for either elasticated or velcro cuffs and ankles, RST has used both. So you’ll find elasticated cuffs to keep the rain out but velcro ankles that make it easier to get over boots. Pretty clever.

I also like the soft fabric around the collar, which gives additional comfort.

For ease of use, a diagonal zip reaches from the mid-thigh to the neck. But where all the above rain suits are purposefully oversized, be aware that this one from RST is standard size. So you will need to go up around two sizes to accommodate your riding gear.

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Premium Rain Suits

The premium rain suits are next on our list.

There aren’t many more features in the premium rain suits over the mid-range ones, but there’s a noticeable step-up in quality and feel.

From soft shell linings to laminated detailing, these are our favourite premium rain suits.

Rev’It Pacific 3 Rain Suit

Moving into the premium options, this offering from Rev’It is of noticeably high quality.

As you’d expect, the item is fully waterproof. And the long, diagonal zip allows for easy on/off, whilst the Hydratex Lite waterproofing and taped seams keep the driving rain from finding its way in.

Where most rain suits are harsh to the touch, the upscale softshell material used on the Pacific is soft-to-the-touch, and noticeably quiet when moving around.

I also like the attention to detail. Even the reflective details are laminated – ensuring no leakage where the stitching would usually occur.

You’ll also find removable boot straps, arm and waist adjustments, and, for convenience, a stash pocket on the leg.

Rev'It Pacific 3

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Alpinestars Hurricane

You could argue that better rain suits are available at this price point, but that doesn’t mean that this offering from Alpinestars doesn’t deserve to be on this list.

This product doesn’t scream for attention – but it does everything it’s supposed to and does it well.

It’s 100% waterproof thanks to its polyamide construction and features Velcro adjustments at the waist and arms for improved fit and reduced flapping.

As mentioned numerous times in this post, getting rain suits over boots can be challenging. So the Hurricane features a wide opening at the bottom of the leg and gussets for ease of use.

You’ll also find an inner mesh pocket should you need it.

 Alpinestars Hurricane motorcycle rain suit

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Held Splash 2 Rain Suit

If quality is your thing, the Splash rain suit from Held might be your cup of tea.

It does everything you would expect from a premium rain suit and offers some nice features.

As well as keeping you dry, Held has focussed on fit and quality for a better-feeling suit. The arms are nylon lined for comfort, and the entire upper body is mesh lined.

Elasticated wrists ensure no rain seepage at the gloves, whilst velcro/zip ankles ensure ease of use when getting the suit over boots. An elasticated waist also helps with comfort and fit.

Finally, the large thigh-to-neck zip helps with the on/off of the rain suit.

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Considerations When Buying A Motorcycle Rain Suit

Temperature & Conditions

If you’re a touring rider, the environments you face could change almost daily.

One day it might be wet and windy. The following day it might snow. And then a ferry ride later, you could be riding in 35 degrees. 

For this reason, it’s worth paying attention to the insulation properties of the rain suit.

Something like the Weise Siberian has a thermal liner – which would make it great in colder climates but a nightmare in the South of France in July!

Try to match the rain suit with the riding gear you already own. You can probably forego the thermal-lined rain suits if you have well-insulated riding gear. Or vice versa.

Consider Rain Suits As Part Of Your Layering System

There’s nothing to say you can’t wear a rain suit when it isn’t raining. I’ve used them on summer rides where the temperature has dropped, but I hadn’t packed any warmer layers.

Sticking a rain suit on over summer gear is a superb way to warm up if you don’t have any layers to wear.

Equally, you can use rain suits to regulate your temperature on hot (but wet) days.

Putting a rain suit over summer/mesh riding kit (and then controlling the temperature by opening zips and vents) is a great way to stay dry whilst not overheating.

Buying A Motorcycle Rain Suit: Fit & Sizing

By nature, motorcycle rain suits tend to be on the baggier side. This is largely because they need to go over your riding gear.

As mentioned in our list, some rain suits are already oversized – so you won’t need to go up to accommodate your riding gear. Simply buy the size you usually do.

However, some brands do not oversize their rain suits – meaning you will need to accommodate this by going up a few sizes.

Storage

Most rain suits come with a dedicated pouch for storage. But some don’t! 

If yours doesn’t come with a pouch, find a dry sack (or a compression sack) to keep it in.

Not only will it take up less space in a pouch, but it will also protect it from getting accidentally damaged in your top box. The last thing you need in a downpour is a ripped rain suit!

The On/Off System Of A Motorcycle Rain Suit

As mentioned at the top of this post, getting your rain suit on/off is a priority.

Try a few on, and see if you prefer elasticated or velcro cuffs/ankles – or a mixture of the two.

There’s no right and wrong here. It’s whatever suits you best.

One thing worth mentioning is that whatever system you go for, you should ensure the suit pants go over your boots, whilst your gloves go inside the sleeves.

Consider A Hood & Neck Snood

Hoods on motorcycle gear aren’t really that popular. But I can tell you from experience that they ought to be!

A rain suit with a hood means you can put your helmet over the hood – preventing any rain from getting down the back of your neck or leaking through gaps in your helmet to wet your head/face.

A neck snood (in combination with a hood) is another great way to prevent water from seeping in around your neck.

Top image: Finn Whelen


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