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waterproof jackets(10 posts)

waterproof jacketsdustin
Sep 5, 2001 5:05 PM
does anyone know of a mfg. that has a good waterproof jacket for cycling? i can't seem to find any and i need a waterproof jacket 'cause mine has lost it's waterproof-ness. not just resistant, but waterproof.
re: waterproof jacketsDINOSAUR
Sep 5, 2001 6:24 PM
I have a Pearl Izumi Activent Sprint Jacket. It is water and wind-resistant and has gore material in the chest and the front of the arms. I've got caught in heavy rain showers and it has kept me dry. It's meant to be worn as a third layer as a base system (I beleive that's what P.I. refers to it). If you want something that is completely water-proof you have to go to a Gore-Tex rain jacket. The trouble with a complete Gore-Tex jacket is that #1 they are expensive, and #2 they don't breath well so you are too warm. You might just try to treat your jacket with a water repellent first. But I wouldn't wait too long, winter stuff is on sale now but soon it will be full bore...
re: waterproof jacketsdustin
Sep 5, 2001 10:02 PM
thanks for the advice. i don't know if you're aware of the rain in texas right now, but it's rained almost every day since last wed. both wed. and thurs. consisted of huge downpours that usually occured as i was walking across campus. actually got caught in the rain on my bike 2 days ago. wasn't fun 'cause i got pretty soaked.
re: waterproof jacketsLone Gunman
Sep 5, 2001 6:24 PM
Was it gortex? Nashbar sells a product that puts the proof back into Gortex.
re: waterproof jacketsmr. cheap
Sep 5, 2001 7:07 PM
Clear plastic ones are cheap- $8 at Campmor- and windproof. The only thing cheaper would probably be a garbage bag. I've found that good waterproof jackets are either too expensive, too bulky, or eventually lose their waterproofness.
Ditto on the plasticzelig
Sep 5, 2001 11:54 PM
I've used plastic capes for years. They last for a few seasons and then you buy a new one. The most recent one I bought was a Garneau, primarily because I was moving to the UK and yes, I do use it although less than one would think. It has mesh seams on the sides of the torso and along the sleeves for some ventilation. It does all I need, keeps my torso warm and dry.

The Assos Clima jacket is supposed to be great although it's quite expensive. Waterproof and yet breathable. Good thing to ask for Xmas.
re: waterproof jacketsJay
Sep 6, 2001 4:05 AM
I use a whole Marmot precip ensemble as my rain gear (Also doubles as lightweight hiking raingear also). The jacket is $99 retail (can be found for $80 if you shop around) and the pants are about $75. The pants are a bit baggy but nothing that a simply reflective band doesn't fix. I have the "citrus" color which is sort of like a mixture of schoolbus yellow and orange color... and black pants. Both are waterproof and breathable and the jacket has pitzips..

try Nashbar or Performance (nm)Rusty McNasty
Sep 6, 2001 5:18 AM
Try Bass Pro Shops $15!!!Alpedhuez55
Sep 6, 2001 9:39 AM
I bought this rainsuit from Bass Pro Shops for fishing but also love it for cycling. It is a light weight durable and packable shell and pants for $15 each. I think I am going to buy a yellow or red one as well since the days are getting shorter and cooler. It is not goretex but it does offer a small degree of breathability. For the price you cannot go wrong.
garbage bag, with holes for arms?alex the engineer
Sep 6, 2001 10:28 AM
Hey, it worked for me on a tour once!