Plenty has changed over the years I’ve been riding — bikes, tyres, kit, roads — but rain hasn’t got any less wet. And so waterpoofs aren’t any less crucial. But which suit to go for? One-piece or two? Cheap or premium? I’d like a test of, say, 19 of them…
ONE OF THE biggest downsides of riding a bike is getting wet. It’s uncomfortable, it’s a distraction and it makes any journey feel so much longer and more unpleasant. No-one likes it. But if you choose the right waterproof suit, you need never get wet again. For less than fifty quid, you can make every ride a dry ride and never have to worry about what the weather’s doing.
There are many waterproof suits on the market and, just like leathers, they come in one-piece and two-piece options. Two-piece suits are quicker to get on, and they offer you the chance of wearing only the jacket (if it’s just a light shower and you already have leather trousers on) or only the trousers (if, say, you’re wearing a textile jacket but have jeans on your bottom half). One-piece suits have fewer gaps for the rain to get in and can be less bulky to roll up and store away. So first you’ll need to decide which suit suits you.