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Best rain jacket?(8 posts)

Best rain jacket?cydswipe
Sep 2, 2003 12:59 PM
I'm looking for a good cycling rain jacket. It has to meet these requirements:
1. Waterproof (duh)
2. Breathable
3. Visible in low light conditions.
I've looked at some catalogs but can't find one that meets all 3 standards. CC has some that are way steep in price, are they worth it? PI stuff to me seems overpriced, I've tried some on. Any suggestions?
Sep 2, 2003 1:03 PM
Sugoi Bosui Urban Vapor is expensive but it breathes, packs down to jersey pocket size, is waterproof, and has survived several crashes. Opt for the cheaper ~$150 flavour as the $300 version doesn't pack down small enough.
I like BurleyPdxMark
Sep 2, 2003 1:13 PM

They have 2 jackets. I like the cheaper rain rider. It is waterproof & breathable, with big front and rear vents. The lower section (black) is a nice long tail made from coated nylon, rather than breathable fabric. A little velcro tab allows you to fold the tail up to make the jacket more conventional looking (tail-less). It fits well - not too loose and not too constrictive. I've worn mine commuting through 5 or 6 wet winters and it's going strong.

They are the jacket of choice here in the soggy Northwest. Made at a co-op in Eugene, Oregon.
yep nmgtx
Sep 2, 2003 2:31 PM
I'm a Burley fan too. Why do you like the cheaper one? nmMB1
Sep 2, 2003 4:04 PM
I'm a Burley fan too. Why do you like the cheaper one? nmPdxMark
Sep 2, 2003 4:33 PM
The fabric on the cheaper one seems a bit more compressible. When I'm not wearing it, the jacket rides in my pack. So I like it for the (perceived) reduction in bulkiness.
My takeAtombomber
Sep 2, 2003 7:24 PM
I don't commute by bike so my rain jacket is for keeping the rain off and the wind from howling through. When I ride, I sweat, and even with a breathable jacket, I would be damp inside. I use Sugoi's clear over jacket made of plastic. It has mesh vents under the arms so there is some breathing. They are cheap, so one became a vest for when it is not too cold.
Rain Shield 02winstonc
Sep 2, 2003 9:53 PM
A few months ago I bought a yellow Rain Shield O2 cycling jacket for $30. I almost didn't get it because I thought anything that cheap couldn't really work. But I tried it out, and yes, it's totally waterproof and very breathable -- more breathable than a jacket I own made of Gore-Tex XCR. It's served me well in downpours and is infinitely more comfortable than the $20 plastic cycling jacket I had before.

One of the reasons it's so inexpensive is that it's made of a polypropylene-based fabric instead of a Teflon (PTFE)-based fabric like Gore-Tex. Another reason is that it has a simple construction. The seams are sewn, not taped or welded, and there's only one layer of material, instead of having the waterproof fabric sandwiched between layers of nylon. This makes it very lightweight and compact when folded, but it also means that it's not a rugged jacket. It's more of a stowaway kind of jacket -- it even comes with a little storage pouch.

I think the O2 is far and away the most bang for the buck available. It keeps you from getting wet from rain and from sweat, it's lightweight, and it's dirt cheap. Maybe it could look a little prettier, but for $30, I'm not complaining.

The company makes another, more expensive jacket, but I've never seen it in person so I can't vouch for the quality. I think you can get them both at REI.

If you're looking at other jackets: the eVent fabric they use in the PI jackets is far and away the most breathable waterproof fabric available. There's quantative data available here for a number of different fabrics.