Wet weather gear?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Faust29, Dec 22, 2015.

  1. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve Macko
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    As I sit here drinking my second espresso, I should be heading out the door soon. But, with almost 2 inches of rain in Harding, and .75 at Santiago Peak in the last 12 hours, I'm going to pass.

    So... It looks like we may finally have the wet winter we've needed for so long. That's great for the water table, but what about us guys who like to get out there? I'm not a fish.

    What rain/snow gear do you guys recommend? I may have been a polar bear in another life, and I survived 3 hurricanes in 6 weeks (20 inches of rain in 24 hours), but I am a real wimp now. California weather has ruined me. I need something to keep me dry and warm... I'm going to be in the market (Dec. 26th) for at least a jacket and probably gloves. I've had too many hand injuries over the years, and a lot of the fingers get really sore when cold.

    What'cha got?
     
  2. doublewide

    doublewide iMTB Rockstah

    Name:
    Mark
    Current Bike:
    Ride Life Ride Giant
    I like these videos.

     
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  3. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve Macko
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    Informative, no naked women, no pigs in the mud... You ok?
     
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  4. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash
    The hard shell conundrum...the more you keep out wetness, the more you keep it in.

    The lightest hard shell hooded jacket with big pit zips and pants with full length side zips. Full shoe covers, hard shell gloves and a helmet cover. A generous visor (helmet or hat underneath). I used that setup on the divide and CT and would not change anything.
     
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  5. rossage

    rossage iMTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball

    What mike said!!!!

    Unfortunately, the good stuff doesn't come cheap. But, quality usually means durable so you can get your money's worth. Check out Gore wear, Endura, ShowersPass and others.
    I also like dedicated, Gore-Tex lined shoes like the Shimano MW-81 or similar. Keeps your feet dry and warm....
     
  6. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower
    I finally broke down last year and bought the Shimano MW-81....keep my feet all warm and toasty. Can wear them down into the 20's with normal cycling socks.....wool socks were not necessary.

    Otherwise, with Maple Springs being closed, I don't see a whole lot of opportunities to ride in the rain.
     
  7. Danimal

    Danimal Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Mission Viejo
    Name:
    Dan
    Current Bike:
    Rocky Mountain Altitude
  8. singlespeedrider

    singlespeedrider Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Irvine
    Name:
    Mark
    Current Bike:
    On One Lurcher Single
    Just like J said no maple no rain rides. When it's open and we had rain I would B line to maple and have the best rides.
     
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  9. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve Macko
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    Is this where I admit I've done Trabuco Creek Road from the wash to the gate at Trabuco... Just to get some miles. :whistling:
     
  10. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower

    No......Trabuco Trail is really not that bad in the rain. Would actually be a decent ride from the wash to the WHT split and back.
     
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  11. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve Macko
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    Yeah... I don't see my plan working out for tomorrow. I was thinking to go up Trabuco to see the Christmas tree, and then over to San Juan to see the gang. It looks like we're supposed to get some more before then... And Caspers and the Bell Trail will be a muddy mess.
     
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  12. Rumpled

    Rumpled Well-Known Member

    Location:
    OC
    Name:
    Jim Martin
    Current Bike:
    2003 Giant Rainier

    Where are you seeing that rain data for Harding?
    As of 2pm; Santiago Peak has 2.45 inches.
     
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  13. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve Macko
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    Right from the rain gauges... http://ocwatersheds.com/rainrecords/rainfalldata/stormdata/stormrainfallframe

    Or... Table form: http://ocwatersheds.com/rainrecords/rainfalldata/stormdata/rtddatatable

    I prefer the map view, because you can play with the time period, and go back a full 72 hours. It seems like they are getting it the hardest around Motorway, Modjeska, and Harding, which is exactly where they don't need a lot of rain... :thumbsdown:
     
  14. Rumpled

    Rumpled Well-Known Member

    Location:
    OC
    Name:
    Jim Martin
    Current Bike:
    2003 Giant Rainier
    Thanks for that, always looking for good resources.
    I use airsites2000 for the SA mountains and wunderground for most other.
     
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  15. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash
    I have Marmot Precip gloves. They are not cut super well for biking, but are pretty decent at keeping rain out. As long as you don't melt em drying by the fire...

    Can you guys suggest a good storm glove? The ones that are like mitts but with a free index finger seem like a good bet. I've used GTX mitt shells over gloves with success for snow sports, but the mitten style obviously ain't happnin for MTB.

    TIA.
     
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  16. rossage

    rossage iMTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    I use the Pearl Izumi PRO WRX Barrier gloves/liner combo. Waterproof, lightly insulated,fleece lined outer glove,can be used with a microfleece liner for extra warmth.

    P.I. has the one-finger, lobster claw type shell also.
     
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  17. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    My biggest issue with riding in the rain is that I can't freakin' see...I'm nearsighted, so if I want to see where I'm going I'm wearing glasses. Which is problematic in rain. Even worse in drizzle, actually.
     
  18. knucklebuster

    knucklebuster Well-Known Member

    Location:
    34.2295° N, 117.2257° W
    Name:
    Dave
    Current Bike:
    Guerrilla Gravity Megatrail
    I was just about to type in something similar "How do you see?" My eyes won't take contacts, so rx glasses are required to see the trail, but are pretty useless with rain/mist hitting them and mud be thrown up on them. I try to avoid riding in rain.

    A couple hints I've heard and usually do if I know it will be wet.... tape over the shoe vents to keep the toes warm. Carry one or two sets of dry gloves and a dry jersey along with a shell. Switch out as needed. But agree, if you do a lot of sloppy weather riding it's best to get the dedicated high quality goretex/rain/slop stuff to start with, and hopefully it's not used that much so should last a long time.
     
  19. StrandLeper

    StrandLeper Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Timothy M. Ryan
    Current Bike:
    SC Bronson 1x/Pivot 429 1x xtr
    Troy Lee designs has a great light shell hooded with pit zip vents. There should be some available for CHEAP, I got mine for under $30.00. If you want one, let me know your size and I can have Carmelite put one aside for you.

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  20. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve Macko
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    Great offer and thank you!
    Although I haven't decided on a severe weather option, I did pick up a Canari jacket last night when the wife and I were walking around Sports Chalet looking at other things. It's not the lightweight, and it's not the ultra heavy model... But it has the pit zips and detachable sleeves, and it was $12 on the clearance rack in blazing orange, which matches my handlebars.

    I have to match... Herzalot is pretty picky about that stuff.
     
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  21. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    I think deer season is over, but blaze orange should help make sure you don't get poached. :geek:
     
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  22. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve Macko
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    Last time I went deer hunting, I wore a red plaid wool outfit from head to toe! I still froze my ass off sitting in the tree for hours...
     
  23. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    Whatever you do, just promise me you will NEVER ride with a full-face helmet, no pads and lycra shorts. Please - make me that solemn promise?


    (Who loves you Mikie? We ALL do!!!!! Wear what you want, stud!)
     
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  24. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve Macko
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    I solemnly swear never to wear a full face helmet with Lycra. :thumbsup:
     
  25. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    AAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! :stop::thumbsdown::bang::poop::mad::(:confused::eek:o_O:sick::devilish:

    Wait - I read your post wrong last night. Must've been the adult beverages. I swear the word "never" was not in there when I read it last night. In that case:

    :geek::inlove::laugh::):thumbsup::cool::p:rolleyes:

    THANK you!
     
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  26. MCB2K

    MCB2K Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Castle Rock, CO
    Name:
    Brian Kiggins
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Tallboy LTc
    Fox Downpour Jacket... essential. Works great as a windbreaker too on the long descents.
     
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  27. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash
    Thanks for pulling it on topic, MBC.

    Rossage, thanks for the glove reco.
     
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  28. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve Macko
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    I've been pulling pics of everything mentioned in this thread so far... Some good stuff, and most of it I would have never found. :thumbsup:
     
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  29. rossage

    rossage iMTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    2015-12-24 09.57.47.jpg 2015-12-24 09.57.47.jpg 2015-12-24 09.58.32.jpg Here's a couple of pics of the gloves and liners...
     
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  30. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    I went in to get that nifty lightweight $30 windbreaker that StrandLeper posted. They didn't have it, but I walked out with a Ruckus jacket. Not sure I will actually ever ride in it, unless I'm riding at Whistler. I might take it back. $120 is a lot for a jacket I will likely never wear (trails are closed when it's raining here - sticky, gloppy, unrideable mess).
     
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