We know that for some (like myself) short stints in the rain is fun and adventurous. But for those week long rainy days or long road trip kilometres in pouring rain we all need a proper rain suit. By proper I mean something that will keep you dry for hours on end…..specifically that strategic crotch area. When a rain suit fails you in that area it has the potential to spoil a good ride or a fun trip.
Now there are many good rain suits available on the market. A peek at your local motorcycle shop will quickly point you to brands such as Spidi, Dianese, Alpinestars, Tour Master, Oxford (some of these have served me well in the past) and many others in varying price ranges. For me, when the heavens open and I need to decide between scuba gear and a rain suit for the trip on the bike, I choose the unisex BMW RainLock 2 rain suit. So, about two years ago I was out looking for a new rain suit when I discovered what was to be the best rain suit I have ever owned to date.
So what is this rain suit like you wonder? Well for starters, it is a two piece suit made from 100% nylon with a waterproof PU coating. It has two outer pockets with drainage on the jacket as well as two inside waterproof chest pockets (from 2018). The jacket has a removable hood in the collar, which I prefer to remove for a more comfortable fit. Especially when riding with a rucksack and/or neck brace. The collar zips up high to keep the rain and spray from other vehicles out. Both the pants and the jacket has strategically placed reflective print on the legs, sleeves, back and chest to enhance visibility in those low light rainy conditions. The pants has non-slip material on the butt are, so that your cheeks will properly grip the seat in wet weather. The inner leg area has heat resistant material and long leg zips for a quick and easy fit without struggling or need for removing your boots. It goes without saying that all the zips are waterproof/sealed. What I like about the pants is the elastic cord in the waist which makes for a comfortably tight and secure fit and the long legs that will keep your boots covered (at least up to your ankles)when seated on your motorcycle. This helps of course keep the water from creeping into your boots.
Velcro straps at the sleeve and leg ends are designed to ensure easy adjustment and that everything stays in place as you pick up speed in the rain. These two piece RainLock 2 suits are available in sizes XS-4XL from your local BMW Motorrad dealer. It is advisable to go in your full rider gear when purchasing your rain suit to be certain that it easily fits over your rider gear and that sleeves and legs are long enough when seated on your motorcycle. Oh and this RainLock suit folds up really small.
This simple, breathable rain suit will keep out wind and water. This jacket and pants are built to withstand just about any intensity of rain mother nature can through at you. A few weeks ago I spend close to an hour in pouring rain that resulted in numerous floodings and rivers of water on the road. The BMW RainLock 2 kept me dry the entire time and bright blue (orange for 2018) jacket with reflective strips I believe kept me visible and safe.
The only negative aspect of this jacket and trousers is the price. At close to R3 000 for the set this is no budget rain suit, but then again you could argue that you get what you pay for in superb quality and craftsmanship. A rain suit that keeps the water out while at the same time keeps you from overheating with its breathable technology.
So if your wallet agrees and you want to invest in a rain suit that will last you for years to come, then I strongly recommend purchasing the BMW RainLock 2 pants and jacket.