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Offline davesupra

Who makes decent rain gear....
« on: March 08, 2016, 09:56:13 am »
for a tall, skinny guy?  I'm 6'-4" and 175 lb,  36" inseam and 32 waist.  I can't seem to find anything that fits me at all.  Any tips?

Re: Who makes decent rain gear....
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2016, 10:20:22 am »
Showers Pass out of Oregon! Switched to their rain gear about 5 years ago and it solved my rain problems. On my cross-state rides I don't stop if it is raining and I have ridden all day in their gear and been impressed with its waterproofing and interior temp is tolerable. Construction quality is great and they make a universal head covering cut so you have vision side to side. Adventure Cycling handles it.


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Offline davesupra

Re: Who makes decent rain gear....
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2016, 05:44:51 pm »
Thanks, I'll check them out.

indyfabz

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Re: Who makes decent rain gear....
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2016, 04:07:26 pm »
Going to score a SP 2.0 jacket with my REI dividend once their member sale rolls around.

Offline davesupra

Re: Who makes decent rain gear....
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2016, 09:28:34 am »
I checked out Showers Pass, but their pants only seemed to have 33" inseam.  Does anyone know of some good rain gear that has tall sizes?  Something for us 36" inseam dudes?

Thanks,

Dave

Offline paddleboy17

Re: Who makes decent rain gear....
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2016, 12:20:09 pm »
Are you really sure that you need the pants?

I find I can tolerate a lot with a good rain jacket, a pair of tights, and neoprene booties to keep my shoes and socks dry.

Danno

Offline Pat Lamb

Re: Who makes decent rain gear....
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2016, 05:44:57 pm »
Have to agree with paddleboy on the (lack of) utility of rain pants.  Unless it's really, really cold, you're going to be soaked with sweat if you're doing anything more than standing still.

You might want to look at rain chaps.  They'll block the wind (and most of the rain), but your legs can breathe out the back.

Offline jsieber

Re: Who makes decent rain gear....
« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2016, 06:35:57 pm »
I checked out Showers Pass, but their pants only seemed to have 33" inseam.  Does anyone know of some good rain gear that has tall sizes?  Something for us 36" inseam dudes?

Thanks,

Dave

It might be worth checking if Canari makes there rain pants in that size. I've been pretty happy with my pair from them. I agree with the others, that you will really sweat if it is warm out in the rain pants.

Offline paddleboy17

Re: Who makes decent rain gear....
« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2016, 07:20:22 pm »
Down to about 50F, I can make do with a pair of tights.  If was raining and it was colder than 50F, then I would be looking at paints of some kind.  There is a variant of nylon that looks like cotton which I wear in colder weather (supplex nylon?).  I don't know if it is waterproof but it is definitely wind proof. 

My cool weather jacket is made of Gortex.  Yes it was pricey, yes I might never find a replacement, but it is really comfortable.  If you really want a rain pant for colder weather, then Gortex would be a wonderful choice. 

So at what temp do you think you need rain pants.

I do have a pair of coated nylon rain pants (and the matching jacket).  I think I have worn the pants once, and that might have been just to test the fit.
Danno

Offline driftlessregion

Re: Who makes decent rain gear....
« Reply #9 on: March 20, 2016, 10:17:28 pm »
Agree with Showers Pass.
Also agree with tights, if they are indeed tight, not floppy. Leggings for example have no room for water to collect against the leg so I don't get cold, again if it is above 50.

Offline tbessie

Re: Who makes decent rain gear....
« Reply #10 on: March 23, 2016, 03:12:19 am »
After a 2 week trip from the top of Oregon to San Francisco (my home) last summer, where I was rained on for a few days and found my rain gear lacking, well, rainproofness, I did a lot of research and ended up buying Showers Pass pants and jacket.

They are very well made, with 2 problems in my opinion:

1) The jacket (at least the one I got - the Refuge, which I got because it has front pockets) has mesh linings in the pockets, which means that keeping keys or coins, etc. in them will be problematic, as they'll slip through the mesh or damage it, so you'll have to keep small or pointy items in their own little bag.  I think they did this so that you could use the pockets for airflow, but since I don't use them that way, it's annoying.  I wish they had an option to get that jacket pockets lined with non-mesh.

2) The pants (also the Refuge) have velcro straps on the cuffs to make the cuffs less likely to interfere with the crank/gears/chain; however, they only pull the cuffs a very small bit around, instead of tight, which is not great if you're riding in the rain and water is bouncing from the pavement or bike back up into the cuffs.  I don't know why they didn't put the velcro all 'round so that you could cinch them tight.  I might send them up to Rainy Pass (a shop that fixes outdoor gear) to add some more velcro so I can do that.

So the stuff is well-made, with a couple of questionable design decisions.  Also, they're no longer made in the US, if you care about that.

Here's the Rainy Pass website in case you want anything modified.  Very good folks up there...

http://rainypass.com/

- Tim
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indyfabz

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Re: Who makes decent rain gear....
« Reply #11 on: March 29, 2016, 10:17:17 am »
Just put my new Showers Pass 2.1 jacket to the test last weekend during two cold, windy and wet days. Loving it mucho, especially since my REI dividend covered the entire cost when using the 20% coupon. ;)