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Rain Suits: 1-Piece or 2-Piece?

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Motorcycle Rain Suits

WHICH KIND OF RAIN SUIT IS BETTER?

Some bikers avoid riding in the rain like the plague. But if you have the proper rain gear, you might look at riding in the rain as merely the inconvenience of having to clean your bike more thoroughly. Which, by the way, IS a real inconvenience! I have ridden in every kind of rain condition all over North America and the main reaction I have when faced with rain is that it’s going to be more work than usual to get my bike clean.

Riding in the rain while you are cold and wet is a miserable experience.

But it DOES NOT have to be that way. You just need some good quality rain gear. And a rain suit is an integral part of that. (As well as waterproof gloves and boots, and of course a helmet).

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN 1-PIECE and 2-PIECE RAIN SUITS

What’s the essential difference between one- and two-piece rain suits, from a motorcyclist’s perspective?

  1. One-piece rain suits are a lighter and smaller to pack, compared to two-piece (jacket and pants suits), because there is less material.  (Jackets overlap the pants. Some pants, with “bid” fronts, even cover the chest).
  2. One-piece rain suits tend to keep the rider warmer, because there is less opportunity for rushing air to find its way into one-piece suits, compared to two-piece rain gear or protective suits.
  3. A one-piece suit offers a safety advantage.  In the event of a crash, a one-piece suit will more likely keeps its form, compared to a jacket and pant combination, where a jacket could be ripped away from the rider more readily.  Note, this advantage is relative to the strength of material of the gear.
  4. The main advantage of a two-piece suit is that it is easier to put on and to take off.  This advantage is more pronounced if you are on the road and tend to put on gear at the last minute, when it’s needed.  If you are a commuting rider and putting on your gear at home and taking if off at work, this ease on putting on and taking off the gear may still be relevant for some riders but is less of an issue than if you might be on the side of a road with some very dark clouds spitting a few drops at you as the prelude to a more dramatic adventure.

BOTTOM LINE FOR RAIN SUITS

Bottom line: Either a one-piece suit or two-piece suit can offer good rain and/or safety functionality.

Which is best for you boils down to a point of personal preference.

More importantly though, a higher quality suit of either type, will keep you dryer and better protected than the cheapest selections available.

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