Sunday, June 01, 2008
My rain suit I ordered from NewEnough in the USA has arrived. Shipping from NewEnough was only available via USPS express which added a little extra to the cost and may put me off shopping with them again since motorcycle apparel isnt something you would normally require urgently. Certainly have it as an option but not the only choice. My items ended up sitting at the post office for a week before I got there to collect them and I am sure many people would be in a similar situation with work commitments. (perhaps I should have used Ride Gear however they didn't appear to have this particular suit)
Now to the suit itself. I chose a two piece suit to replace my worn out 1 piece Dryrider item, with ease of fitting in mind since getting into or out of the Dryrider was always difficult. The jacket is well designed and seems up to the task, the pants however have a couple of flaws. Firstly they have shoulder straps that are permanently affixed to the waist and which are totally unnecessary since the waist is elasticised. I will have to cut these off. Then the ankle of the pants is also elasticised which is a problem since you want the pants to drip water away from your shoes sitting over them rather than making direct contact.
I use 'overshoes' - covers that strap on quickly over your shoes/boots and so the elasticised ankles will sit over the outside of these however if the pants ride up then there may be a problem. Its a stupid design no matter what way you look at it and so I am a bit disappointed. It should do the job ok I think and given I rarely have to ride in rain then its probably something I may not use more than a few times however could have been a little better thought out.
Update: OK well there are hidden zips in the pants to expand the ankle area, I didnt find this until caught in my first storm and trying to pull the pants down over my shoes I discovered the zippers - with these open the pants fall over the shoes and work ok.
The Jacket needs close attention paid when putting it on or you will get leaks quickly. I was in two storms in Japan and the jacket did a reasonable job however after a couple of hours in rain I could feel my shirt was damp at upper chest level and my pants were wet at belt level where the jacket folded over and water seeped in.
So ok I think for light rain or short use but not up to the task for touring.