|Polo Rain Suit
I bought this rain suit many years ago after I lost my old one in Ireland. It was absolutely waterproof, but now after many years, some seams leak a little when riding for hours in the rain. A one piece rain suit has the disadvantage that it is a little complicated to put it on or off, but it is more waterproof and warmer than rain jacket and pants.
The zipper goes diagonal down nearly to the knee, which makes it a little easier to put it on or off. In the upper part the suit has inside a textile mesh, which I don't know what it is for. By putting it on I often get caught with my fingers in the mesh, also zippers and
Velcro of my jacket constantly get caught in it. The rain suit rolls quite small, but is heavy. There are thinner rain suits available that roll smaller and are lighter, but I don't trust their durability.
Conclusion: A good rain suit, recommended.
|First Gear Rain Jacket
Since I'm not getting younger and not more flexible either, I decided to retire my one piece rain suit and get a rain jacket and rain pants instead. For the rain jacket i didn't chose a very thin and light one, because I was worried about their durability, even though this one is not as light and doesn't fold as small. It is absolutely waterproof and has two waterproof outer pockets and one inner pocket. Reflective material seems to be very expensive, as all manufacturers use it only very sparingly. I decided to go with a blue jacket, because neon yellow ones are much more expensive and there are not that many different models to chose from.
Conclusion: A very good rain jacket, not cheap, but
|Aldi Rain Pants
These rain pants are actually bicycle rain pant from Aldi, that I have already for some years now. The pant legs open entirely with zippers and
Velcro, which makes putting them on much easier, but I usually open them only half way. The pants are waterproof and have a few reflective stripes at the legs. Finally something cheap that actually works.
Conclusion: Good and cheap, absolutely recommended.
|Hein Gericke Rain Boots
Since my boots are not waterproof I needed something to keep my feet dry while riding in the rain. These rain covers from Hein Gericke have a thin rubber sole in the front, they open completely on the side, and close with
Velcro. They have a rubber band to close tight at the leg, but it is best to wear them under the rain pants to avoid water running in from the top.
Conclusion: Good material, absolutely recommended.
|Polo Rain Gloves
These rain gloves get worn over the normal gloves and are absolutely waterproof, but they are so bulky that it can come to dangerous situations if one can't reach the brake lever because the glove is in the way.
Conclusion: I can't recommend them, they are too dangerous for me, I rather have wet fingers.