Just because the roads are a little wet doesn’t mean that prized motorcycle needs to remain sheltered in the garage. On the contrary, you’ve got the rain tires and the GPS at the ready so why not hit the asphalt like you normally do? The only missing piece of the puzzle is, of course, the rain gear — those protective outer layers and equipment built specifically for encountering wet weather at highway speeds without worry.
Luckily, the need for motorcycle rain gear is common so there’s a handful of reputable brands out there building key products poised to last season after season. Brands like Velomacchi, Alpinestars and Dainese — all reliable players in this world offering products that boast key fabric technology and comfort to make these outer layers as user-friendly as possible. Here’s a brief roundup of our favorites.
REV’IT! Acid H2O Rain Pants
Easy to slip on and slip off, the Acid H2O Rain Pants are an ideal element to keep on hand in case you find yourself in a sudden downpour. Each pair offers a PVC-free and PU-coated exterior for 100% waterproofing, high-vis reflectors on the legs, a comfortable tour fit, and adjustable tabs at the ankles.
Dainese Rain Overgloves
As you may have noticed, the key word here is “overgloves.” Meaning, these aren’t gloves in their own right. Instead, these handy pieces turn an ordinary pair of motorcycle gloves into anti-windchill and anti-rain must-haves for cooler wet weather. Each pair cinches tightly around your sleeve, hosts rubberized panels for a sturdy grip, and offers coated waterproof nylon fabric construction.
Alpinestars Hurricane Jacket
Sometimes, a name just says it all. Like the Hurricane Jacket from Alpinestars. Here, this ultra-light poly-nylon rain shell not only packs down for simple storage on that tourer or adventure bike of yours but also hosts taped seams and a PU-coated exterior for superb waterproof capabilities. Inside, a light poly-mesh offers internal air circulation/comfort while reflective detailing keeps you visible in all manner of low light.
Bell Qualifier Full-Force Motorcycle Helmet
Vintage moto helmets are fun and all but most of them lack a key characteristic, a shield from the elements. Not the Bell Qualifier, however, for this trusty helmet not only hosts a lightweight polycarbonate/ABS shell build but also includes a Click Release Shield with NutraFog II anti-fog, anti-scratch, and UV protective treatment. Additionally, a padded wind collar drastically reduces wind and road noise for a more pleasurable ride altogether.
Alpinestars Hurricane One Piece Rain Suit
For those favoring convenience over one or two separate items, there’s the one-piece rain suit from Alpinestars to keep you bone-dry. It’s constructed from ultra-lightweight PU-coated 100% waterproof poly-nylon fabric, fully tape-sealed seams, a light poly-mesh lining for comfort, twin slider main zips from thigh to chest for easy access in and out of the suit, and a waterproof compartment on the inside chest area for easy access.
TCX Airtech EVO Gore-Tex Boots
Utilizing a microfiber and Cordura construction in conjunction with a Gore-Tex membrane, these breathable, comfortable, and waterproof boots are a game changer for those commuting in wetter climates. The latest version, seen here, has also been updated for a refined fit — enhancing comfort in the process — while continuing to provide the reliability riders have come to expect from TCX.
Velomacchi Speedway Hybrid Duffel
Ideal for both wayward travelers and daily urban commuters, this handle-all 50L Speedway Hybrid Duffel Travel Backpack is built from 1000D competition fabric that’s waterproof, stable at high speeds, and abrasion resistant. It also hosts a beefy and watertight main compartment accessible via a #10 YKK zipper, a tuck-away travel harness that converts the bag from a backpack to a duffel, tie-down anchor points, and a handful of internal and external pockets to house all the necessities.
Garmin Zumo 396LMT-S Navigator
Just like the larger GPS market, Garmin plays just as pivotal a role in the moto world. Each Navigator hosts a rugged case resistant to fuel vapors, UV rays, rain, and other harsh weather conditions while offering a handful of internal functionality for riders including a built-in trip computer complete with a digital fuel gauge, a compass display, speed limit indicator, and free live traffic and weather updates. You can also adjust your route based on local features or how adventurous you’d like to get, and the device syncs with a compatible smartphone or Bluetooth headset to make and receive phone calls on the go without worry.
The Best Motorcycle Gear for Every Rider
Need some dry weather options as well? Not a problem. Simply check out this roundup of the best motorcycle riding gear for every rider — fit for any individual preference.