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MCN  says:

You Ask/You Answer: Cheap winter riding kit

I can't afford super-expensive winter riding kit, but my cheap all-weather gear leaves me soaked to my pants if I ride for more than 30 minutes in the rain. I can't afford new kit, so what works for less than £50? Are oversuits more effective than waterproofing my kit regularly? Any tips would be great. Your answer could help. The best...

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Feb 12

Posts: 242

Titosfuneral says:

Oversuits make a huge difference. Keeping the wind and the wet from your normal suit makes a much bigger difference than just re-waterproofing your kit. Alternatively, heated vests are fantastic.

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Jul 11

Posts: 47

DrWorm says:

Warm & Dry

Cheap oversuit as already mentioned but get one that fits well or the flapping will drive you insane.

I also recommend thermals from the nation's favourite cheap sports shop.  For £14 you can get top and bottoms and they are toasty warm & at that price if they aren't warm enough for you buy two and layer up. 


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Jan 11

Posts: 8426

snev says:


Bin Bags and String .

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Apr 08

Posts: 8

dg3007 says:

Winter riding kit

One piece waterproof over suit is best bet. Hein Gericke has got 30% off their own brand range at the moment. That puts their basic rain suit well under £50, that will leave you change to get the thermals from the high street sports shop. Nice.

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May 10

Posts: 26

d0nkeychop says:

Forget fabrics

Unless you spend considerable wedge (klim, halvarssons) forget your textiles. Richa rain warrior kit is good value, fits well and unlike a one piece you can keep it on when you're off the bike without feeling like too much of a fashion disaster.

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Sep 11

Posts: 3

astar0012 says:


oversuits work well, and for £20 I got some HELD waterproof trousers from get geared got ride magazines best buy, and I can tell you these work had them at motorway speeds in pouring rain, and I kept dry as a bone. Not the warmest trousers though so need some layers underneath

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Mar 12

Posts: 21

oscarman says:

Moove here, it never rains. Problem solved...

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Dec 09

Posts: 32

cbr9429 says:

+1 for richa

having owned their kit for 4 years i would buy them again. best compromise between value and quality i have come across .a cheap waterproof mac from sports direct or similar works well over your jacket if you want to save a few pounds over a bespoke bike one.

the kit has to keep your warm aswell. if not a newspaper tucked into your jacket down the motorway helps!

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Jan 11

Posts: 304

TomRR says:


Never rains here in Kuwait ,, haaaaa

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Jul 08

Posts: 22

R30Paul says:

Spada 911 / 912 Combo

I prefer a 2 piece to an all in one...
I have found the water always pools in your lap in a 1 piece... especially if your kness are higher than your lap with ya feet on the peg...
Spada 911 trousers and 912 Jacket have not let me down in 8 yrs - although they are not breathable...

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