Waterproof clothing any good?

fossyant

Ride It Like You Stole It!
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South Manchester
The Altura stuff is very good and you won't go far wrong with those.
 
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davidwalton

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fossyant said:
The Altura stuff is very good and you won't go far wrong with those.
Thanks. As an x Biker, I found that even stuff that said it was 100% waterproof wasn't, and that which was lasted perhaps a year before water got in. Trousers always went first at the crotch.

Is this not the case with these?, or have things improved?
 

Peyote

New Member
Never been convinced about waterproofs, I always end up sweating so much in them that it would probably be better just to get rained on. It would certainly be more fragrant! These days I just wear stuff that is quick drying and warm when wet, e.g. merino wool base layer with a fleecey type top, I believe most marketing folk these days call them 'softshells'.

Hope that's useful.
 

Tynan

Veteran
Location
e4
sure thing, this one has pit vents and some sort of vent on the back, and hopefully the relative expense means a better performing fabric

sometimes when it's really not nice and I'm not really in the mood I genuinely do want to be kept more or less dry though

and I'm as much interested in it being a warm and very visible top for the evenings
 

Tynan

Veteran
Location
e4
Disgruntled Goat said:
I find that there is no such thing as waterproof and breathable. A jacket always comes somewhere in between the two
granted, although I'm hoping things have moved on a lot since my last top, for £12 about fifteen years ago ...

I certainly don't mind the waterproof being compromised rather than sweating to death
 

tomb1960

New Member
Location
Birmingham
I have a night-vision jacket, it is waterproof, and it does light up brilliantly in car headlights, but it doesn't completely keep up with the moisture I sometimes produce! I doubt any fabric (with the possible exception of a string vest) can 'breathe' quickly enough to keep up with the moisture a middle-aged man can pour out when under effort!
 

Noodley

Guest
davidwalton said:
As good as the Endura Superlite waterproof Jacket maybe, I need something larger to get my shoulders in as well.:biggrin: Chest = 45, but shoulders require 48

Has nobody told you to take the coathanger out? :biggrin:;)
 
I was looking at cycling waterproofs today. Can't decide whether to get a cycling specific one or a multi-activity one which I used to have and has mysteriously disappeared (cue X-file music). This one Good for summer walking and running. I think they had some Enduras, might go back and have another look.
 

Noodley

Guest
IME anything designed for "multi sports" is too heavy/warm for cycling. Even many cycling specific jackets result in much sweat and, as has previously been stated, you'd be as well getting wet from the rain and just wearing something warm. Which is what I did until I got the superlites.
 
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