Breathable rain ware, views purchasing?

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  1. justin case

    justin case New Member

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    Breathable rain ware, considering purchasing gorebike (goretex) cycle trousers & jacket any views?
     
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  2. boudreaux

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    Waterproof/breathable stuff is typically not that breathable under heavy exertion,and can result in moisture buildup on the inside. Make sue it also has a number of proper vents to help get rid of moisture.
     
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    I have a gortex suit I got from performance a while back. If its cold and rainy than its fine. You can sweat alot wearing one though. Better than a wet ass though I think. I also use it on really cold days its toasty warm in January.
     
  4. el Ingles

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    Any thing that´s really waterproof is going to get a bit steamy when you exercise , question : how waterproof does it have to be , can you live with showerproof and use a racecape as well when the weather is really bad ? Goretex is good but very expensive , the lesser materials Windtex/ Windstopper are more economic and will help keep out the rain for a period but leak at the ( non-sealed ) seams . There are now lightweight racecapes that are breathable , to a degree , and may be a better bet combined with mudguards for winter riding . Windtex can be a great help in cold weather to stop wind chill while still being breathable enough to ride normally but I think that you may have to live with wet legs if your going to work hard enough to keep in training for the racing season or resort to a cycle trainer when the weather turns evil , but don´t forget to protect your head ,hands and feet , you lose more heat that way and cold hands and feet are a misery .
    ps do think about one of the specialised pre-race massage oils that are made to heat and waterproof the legs in bad weather .
     
  5. stevek

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    look at burley. it is cheeper and may be better. goretex only does so so keeping out the rain. the burley has really good venting. ithink this is far more key then anything else. the more vents the less you will sweat like a roasted pig (G) I have not bought rain pants yet.
     
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    I have been wearing gortex since it came out. So so hardly. I guess thats why Marmont, Northface and others continue to use it in there premium garments. White water rafted in my Marmont Jacket Cat 5 rapids everything was wet but what was under the jacket.
     
  7. stevek

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    I have had several gortex jackets. after a good amount of rain they get wet on the inside. not much but some. I can't remember if my goretex militarty coat let moisture through. once i waterproofed them with nikewax they are better. Maybe I have not tried the highest end goretex.
    but for biking ventelation is the key thing. the more you can vent the less sweat on the inside.
     
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    I use a goretex jacket, made by mountain designs, which cost alot (AUS$450) but i have had it for 3 years now and it is indestructable. I used it daily for 2 years as a bike courier in the winter and yes, it can get sweaty, but hey, you are wearing a jacket, so you have to expect some sweat. Its better than getting wet from the rain. Remember to wash it and spray it every year (and iron it every so often) and it will last for years.
     
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    What do you spray it with? When I iron mine I get some white beads coming up even at low temperature, is this normal? My jacket is about 15 years old, but has served me well.
     
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    Actually,gortex needs sprayed with nothing,and I would not iron it either.
     
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    Properly made gortex in good condition does not leak,unless subjected to extreme and possibly unusual circumstances. nikewax or whatever,only works on the outside fabric.If the gortex has become worn or the seams come unsealed,which happens with use,it will still leak.
     
  13. stevek

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    my goretex gets wet through the coth after a bunch of rain. this is on a coat I would be wearing when caught in the rain. I was still warm but the coat was not just wet on the outside.
     
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