I've certainly had my share of rides in pouring rain while wearing rain gear, however I just don't think my gear has what I need.
Riding in high summer heat and having some water get through might actually be welcome, while on the other hand, riding in cold weather really demands staying dry.
This past weekend I had to get home from Hot Springs, Arkansas on a Sunday so I had no choice but to ride in bad weather. The first hour was light rain, however we ended up in hard driving rain for about 3 hours on the interstate. The kind where drivers had their windshield wipers on max. By the time we stopped for fuel, I just felt damp in places like my butt, super wet gloves, and just parts of my rain suit as well.
Currently I'm using a First Gear jacket and bib rain pants, but I'm not sure these cut it.
I'd really like a suit that can be put on easily. Yes the pants on mine have a zipper at the bottom, however the zipper only goes up to mid calf at best. When you have to pull over due to sudden rain, it would be ideal to have a zipper go all the way up to the mid thigh to get the pants on an off easily over riding boots. It's one thing to set out wearing rain pants, however it's a whole other story wearing riding gear and trying to pull rain pants over riding boots while standing along side a road. Secondly, my pants have no fly. That means you have to be innovative in the rest room. Add a winter touring jacket and a heated jacket liner and the whole scene gets comical.
I realize zippers add more potential leak points, but a Velcro flap should solve that.
Pockets are another must. It's a pain to have to reach underneath your suit to get something like a credit card or glasses.
I prefer the rain suit to fold up easily so as not to take up too much room, yet be waterproof and breathable. Probably asking for a lot though it should be possible.
Anybody have suggestions for anything close? Also after this weekend, I'm in the market for something that covers gloves if anyone can suggest a solution. Haven't seen "Glove covers" so I just bring extras.