Waterproof clothing that's waterproof

Colinthecop
Colinthecop Posts: 996
edited April 2014 in Road general
Just wondering if there is such a thing as waterproof cycle clothing that is actually waterproof...?

I was begining to get some good rides in then the downpours started a couple of days ago and my rides have come to an abrupt hault.

And i'm falling behind on the Specialized challenge on strava. :roll:

I remember as a biker (motor) spending hundreds of squids on an all singing and dancing waterproof jacket that still managed to leak. :oops: So I was wondering if a wateroof outfit on my bike is a nirvana type myth.

I've got a pretty smart drysuit for my kayaking but I doubt it'll be much use on my bike. :shock:

Comments

  • homers_double
    homers_double Posts: 8,019
    Your skin is 100% waterproof but in terms of clothing I doubt there is anything 100%.

    Seal Skinz socks are 100% waterproof (I tested them in our bath) but the water runs down the fornt of your legs and fills them up.

    Gore tex jackets will have weak spots, cuffs etc so I doubt you'll find anything thats guaranteed to keep you dry.
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  • Garry H
    Garry H Posts: 6,639
    It's a myth. Just settle for wet, but comfortable.
  • e999sam
    e999sam Posts: 426
    Anything that's anywhere near 100% waterproof will make you sweat to much even if it's surposed to be breathable. Best advice is to get wet and keep going don't stop and get cold.
  • chris_bass
    chris_bass Posts: 4,913
    do you want me to send you some gpx files so you can catch up? I have plenty of miles to give away!
    www.conjunctivitis.com - a site for sore eyes
  • Colinthecop
    Colinthecop Posts: 996
    Chris Bass wrote:
    do you want me to send you some gpx files so you can catch up? I have plenty of miles to give away!

    Could you just send me the T shirt instead.

    Size large, cheers. :lol:
  • jscl
    jscl Posts: 1,015
    I'd give a big recommendation to the ProVision Aqua Repel jacket - it's totally awesome. They do it in black or white - http://www.provisionclothing.com/winter-gear/
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  • chris_bass
    chris_bass Posts: 4,913
    Chris Bass wrote:
    do you want me to send you some gpx files so you can catch up? I have plenty of miles to give away!

    Could you just send me the T shirt instead.

    Size large, cheers. :lol:

    I'm not on strava so as much as I'd love to I'm afraid I cant!

    what is the challenge anyway?
    www.conjunctivitis.com - a site for sore eyes
  • homers_double
    homers_double Posts: 8,019
    I'll post a write up on my Gore Tex Alp X jacket after tomorrows ride, if I haven't drowned.
    Advocate of disc brakes.
  • chris_bass
    chris_bass Posts: 4,913
    Chris Bass wrote:
    Chris Bass wrote:
    do you want me to send you some gpx files so you can catch up? I have plenty of miles to give away!

    Could you just send me the T shirt instead.

    Size large, cheers. :lol:

    I'm not on strava so as much as I'd love to I'm afraid I cant!

    what is the challenge anyway?

    just googled it! by the time i get home tonight i'd have done it! maybe i should join this strava malarkey!
    www.conjunctivitis.com - a site for sore eyes
  • e999sam wrote:
    Anything that's anywhere near 100% waterproof will make you sweat to much even if it's surposed to be breathable. Best advice is to get wet and keep going don't stop and get cold.

    This. I tried some cheap water proof trousers once. You get wetter through sweat. Isnt there a pill or something that can be taken to prevent the body from doing its sweat thing?
  • dsoutar
    dsoutar Posts: 1,746
    Having been equally as sceptical as many regarding the ability of any fabric to be both waterproof and breathable I have been pleasantly surprised by the Gore Oxygen jacket which has kept me dry in various prolonged downpours as well as doing so by not just acting a glorified bin-liner and replacing the drenching from without by one from within.

    On the two occasions I've used it over a hard 50km ride my jersey has been no more damp than it would have been normally
  • ellj22
    ellj22 Posts: 122
    I also have a Gore Oxygen Active Shell jacket, it is a great bit of kit. Get your layering right and this will keep you dry all ride. I have ridden it in a few 5-6 hr heavy rain, hail stone and high wind rides and it has performed very well. The cut is brilliant, it packs in rear pocket (just) and all the features are very well thought out. I picked mine up for around £90 new from probikekit.com. Only downside is the zip is hard to use one handed due to it being stiff and only a small pull tab.

    Two of my riding buddies have Castelli pocket liner jacket which also seems excellent but I cannot see what it offers over the Gore and is a lot more expensive.

    If you plan on riding all day in the jacket due to weather remember that you don't need quite as many layers or thinner layers underneath. The reason most people get so wet inside a jacket is due to sweat.
  • Scotter
    Scotter Posts: 52
    I can highly recommend one of these;

    http://endura.co.uk/product-detail.asp?ProductID=19

    I`ve had one for over 12 months and it`s been superb. Kept me warm and dry through a couple of very wet 100 mile sportives and breathable too. Wraps up small enough to easily stash in a jersey pocket.
  • jspash
    jspash Posts: 107
    I've never worn one, but people tend to go on about Gabba this Gabba that Gabba gabba hey.
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  • chippyk
    chippyk Posts: 529
    As long as I'm warm I don't really care about being wet apart from my feet and hands. My most uncomfortable time ever on a bike was when I got caught out in very heavy rain and sleet with a spring/autumn pair of gloves on.
  • e999sam
    e999sam Posts: 426
    e999sam wrote:
    Anything that's anywhere near 100% waterproof will make you sweat to much even if it's surposed to be breathable. Best advice is to get wet and keep going don't stop and get cold.

    This. I tried some cheap water proof trousers once. You get wetter through sweat. Isnt there a pill or something that can be taken to prevent the body from doing its sweat thing?


    If you find one please let me know I'm terrible. I can come home soaked in sweat on the coldest winter days.