After years of drought, California is finally getting some rain. Reservoirs are up, rivers are flowing and snowpack is accumulating in the mountains. Rider staffers have gotten reacquainted with riding in the rain and, best of all, we no longer have to stand in the shower to test waterproof gear!
With so much riding apparel having removable rain liners or waterproof membranes and zippers, a dedicated rain suit may seem like a thing of the past, like shopping in a record store. But if you wear a leather jacket and riding jeans, or wear mesh gear during the summer, then a rain suit can be a lifesaver in the event of a sudden downpour. Even the best “waterproof” apparel will eventually soak through, and if the waterproof liner or membrane is on the inside, the outer material can become waterlogged and heavy, not to mention very cold due to wind chill. Just this morning I rode in heavy rain during my commute and the “waterproof” suit I was wearing leaked at the zippers, so now I’m sitting in a cold office with wet jeans on.
Had I been wearing Fly Street’s 2-Piece Rain Suit ($79.95), Glove Rain Covers ($24.95) and Boot Rain Covers ($29.95), I’d be warm and dry. The Rain Suit, which comes in sizes S-5XL and Black, Black/Red, Black/Blue or Black/Hi-Vis, is made of polyester and has a slippery inner liner that make it easy to slide on over riding gear. The three-quarter length jacket has a drawstring hem at the bottom and fits over the high-waist pants to ensure water doesn’t creep in from underneath, and the pants have removable stirrups to keep the cuffs securely in place. The jacket has a storm flap over the main zipper, adjustable waist and cuffs, two cargo pockets and a fleece-lined collar. The pants have an elastic waist, a cargo pocket, a reinforced seat and inner cuffs and wide zippered gussets to get them on over boots. I wear large-sized riding apparel; the XL-sized rain suit is a net fit over my gear and is even a bit tight in the waist (making it hard to throw a leg over a motorcycle seat), so consider buying a size or two larger than normal.
Fly’s Glove Rain Covers (black only, S-XL) are three-fingered polyester mittens that fit over gloves. They have a long gauntlet with a cinch cord, elastic at the wrist, a reinforced palm and grippy silicone on the ends of the fingers. The Boot Rain Covers (black only, S-XL) are tall gaiters with elastic at the top, a Velcro closure at the back, an adjustable ankle strap and a rubber half sole that leaves the heel free to grip pegs or ground.
When used all together, the suit and covers keep rain out and block wind, ensuring my riding apparel stays dry. Reflective stripes and logos increase visibility, and each item comes with its own drawstring carrying pouch. I haven’t figured out how to fold up the suit and covers as neatly as they came from the factory, so putting them back in their pouches is a challenge.