I have a Revit Sand suit that I'm fairly happy with - good protection for a crash, good ventilation in the heat, and good protection from rain WITH the rain liner installed, zipped up and snapped. For summer touring where rain is frequently brief, I think I'd be happier to leave the rain liner at home and don a light (thus packable) but waterproof jacket when the rains come. (I leave the rain liner in the pants year round. Think the extra layer - and the air between layers - minimizes heat from the road and engine. Works for me on my bike - probably not universal advice.) The problem with the Revit jacket (and probably all Cordura jackets) is they gain SERIOUS WEIGHT in heavy rain. And they don't dry out over night in a motel, much less a tent. So the questions:
1. Can someone remind me of the thread which deals with how to wash Cordura fabrics and also make them "water-resistant?" My suit has never been washed, certainly needs it, and I'd be happy if it just didn't gain so much weight in the rain in the cooler months when I can leave the rain liner in.
2. Are Frog Toggs still the "gold standard" for waterproof, light, and packable and are there models which are better for riding and come in bright colors? I have Field Sheer jacket and pants rain gear which I took on a recent trip. The black pants were great for fishing in the rain. The jacket leaked through the arms into my light down jacket when fishing, (there are a number of seams there) though it kept my riding jacket from getting soaked. It also has a very light busted zipper which wasn't a problem as there are also Velcro fasteners. But the jacket takes up too much space and is far from good.
Any answers are most welcome.