Kev Ray­mond

Fea­tures writer

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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.

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