Need really, REALLY waterproof textile clothing - recommendations?

Discussion in 'UK Motorcycles' started by TMack, Jan 17, 2011.

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    TMack Guest

    It was a tad damp this morning. I dropped the strom off at my friendly
    local dealer for its 28,000 mile service (re-shimming the valves involved
    so I didn't feel like doing it myself0. They gave me a naked SV650 as a
    loan bike so no windscreen for protection. There then followed a 30 mile
    trip to work in monsoon conditions.

    I wasn't surprised that my textile trousers leaked a bit as they are a
    few years old. I WAS surprised by how much they leaked - enough to start
    filling my boots with the water that trickled down my legs. My H-G jacket
    also leaked. Due to the slightly different riding position
    the water also leaked down my arms into my gloves (this has never been a
    problem on the strom). By the time I got to work I was a soggy mess.

    So...I am in the market for new textile clothing. Jacket in particular as
    I already have some nearly new goretex textile trousers (I wore the older
    ones because they are warmer in the winter but I won't take them out
    again if there is any prospect of serious rain.). The main criteria are:
    a) Doesn't leak. Not at all. Never.
    b) Won't require a second mortgage to fund purchase

    TMack, Jan 17, 2011
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    ogden Guest

    Heinz Gherkin. Whatever their current one-down-from-top-end Goretex kit
    is. They were doing Cruise II GTX kit at a discount a few days ago,
    might still be.

    I bought the last of the Cruise GTX suits at clearance price a couple of
    years ago and it's astoundingly good kit. Dry as a bone inside, even in
    a monsoon. Wish I could say the same for my boots, which clearly need
    ogden, Jan 17, 2011
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    wessie Guest

    Aerostitch - might fail b

    US made Belstaff kit is all the rage on ADVrider - nothing to do with the
    fashion Italian stuff.

    HG Master V - may fail b again

    HG Cruise (seems to be in dayglo green only in the catalogue online, mine
    is a nice grey). It's been warm & waterproof (jacket only) riding 35 miles
    to Cardiff.

    If you go to HG, haggle. I got 10% off, although I was spending £500.

    No idea about trousers - the Swift pair I bought from M&P years ago are
    still going strong but were an end of line thing. Ace vale at £20!
    wessie, Jan 17, 2011
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    Thomas Guest

    Hie thee to a yacht shop.
    Thomas, Jan 17, 2011
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    TMack Guest

    None in my size unfortunately
    Hmm...the leaking Jacket is HG. Although admittedly only a "Travel" so
    not quite as well specced as a Cruise. Mined ewe it wasn't bottom of
    the range either - it cost about £180 when I bought it a couple of years
    ago. Interestingly, the £60 jacket from Lidl that it replaced was dry
    and warm and did everything I needed. I only replaced it because one of
    the fasteners got damaged.
    TMack, Jan 17, 2011
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    Hog Guest

    I know it sounds a bit off the cuff.... coming from me, but I tried on just
    about everything in the marketplace before going to the Elefantentreffen. I
    didn't like the Gore HG stuff, too bulky and stiff.

    In the end this came out tops. Cheap as chips. Apparently well made.
    Technically nice. Performs brilliantly. I wouldn't have touched FT in the
    past but this was worth the exception.
    [ Xtreme Sport Jacket]
    [ Xtreme Trouser] £119
    and they also make a longer version of the jacket.

    Supplied from J&S
    Hog, Jan 17, 2011
  7. Using the patented Mavis Beacon "Hunt&Peck" Technique, ogden
    What he said.

    I have HG "King" jacket and trews, and they have been totally dry today
    in monsoon conditions.
    Wicked Uncle Nigel, Jan 17, 2011
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    Hog Guest

    Ewww I have yachtie clothing. Heavy and bulky, even on a boat.
    Hog, Jan 17, 2011
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    TMack Guest

    Hmm. I have seldom heard anything good about FT in the past but that
    sounds interesting. I will put it on the list of contenders.
    TMack, Jan 17, 2011
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    Steve Guest

    Rukka - mine have been in some really shit weather and never leaked a
    They replaced Hein Gericke stuff when I discovered the HG jacket
    watered my fags for me.
    Mine came off Ebay so met criteria B.

    Steve, Jan 17, 2011
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    ogden Guest

    There are advantages to being as buff as me.

    The trick is to go with proper Goretex kit - the QA and design work is,
    generally, far superior to the imitation kit. Gore know that, which is
    why they have such a superb reputation. There's more to keeping water
    out than fitting a waterproof membrane.

    In the case of HG, if it doesn't have GTX tacked on the end of the name,
    move along.

    It's the attention to detail I like. Not only is my jacket warm and
    waterproof, it has a credit-card sized zip-up pocket on the left wrist
    that's perfect for plastic at péage booths and petrol stations. It has
    two exterior pockets that are inside the waterproof membrane so stay
    dry. It has an extra collar that keeps the shitty weather out, zips to
    the trousers and has storm cuffs that do a pretty good job of keeping
    the rain out of gloves too.

    I'd be surprised if the Lidl jacket had the same features.
    ogden, Jan 17, 2011
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    wessie Guest

    I doubt Tony is svelte enough to fit onto james's Rukka cast offs,
    appearing a few posts below
    wessie, Jan 17, 2011
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    Steve Guest

    Damn. There goes my commission.
    Steve, Jan 17, 2011
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    Pete Fisher Guest

    My Dainese Goretex trousers seem OK, not that they get much use TBF.
    I suspect my pikey Spada jacket may no longer cope with serious deluges,
    and a zip has bost on one sleeve. I may take a trip up Duggerlie to the
    HG shop.

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    Pete Fisher, Jan 17, 2011
  15. .....says your girlfriend.....
    The Older Gentleman, Jan 17, 2011
  16. There's a surprise ;-)
    The Older Gentleman, Jan 17, 2011
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    Ben Guest

    Hein Gericke Master V suit.
    Ben, Jan 18, 2011
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    Hog Guest

    Well, we look incredibly large, to them...
    Hog, Jan 18, 2011
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