When you buy motorcycle gear, you want the best to protect you in case of an accident. That means where you purchase your motorcycle gear is important, especially waterproof gear. Water-resistant and waterproof are two different things – and water resistant is not as comfortable or as safe as waterproof gear. And, who wants to be soaked through if you are caught in an unexpected and sudden rainstorm? Here's why a motorcycle shop is the best place to purchase your gear.
Shop at Motorcycle Shops
Motorcycle shops, unlike outdoor stores, buy gear that has been tested thoroughly. Outdoor stores use drop tests to test water resistant and waterproof gear, while the gear at Renegade Classics is fire hose tested for high impact water contact that you get while riding in the rain. Even gear advertised as “waterproof” is not entirely waterproof if all of the seams are not treated. When you purchase waterproof gear at a motorcycle shop, you can be sure that you are getting waterproof items.
The Difference Between Waterproof and Water Resistant
If the gear is water resistant, it is designed to resist a certain amount of water. Jackets and pants generally have a durable water repellent finish that is supposed to wick moisture away. Water resistant clothing works well for a light rain or snow, but not for heavy weather.
Additionally, if a jacket advertises that it has a waterproof membrane, but none of the seams have been sealed – or maybe just critical seams were sealed – the jacket is not truly waterproof since water gets through the seams, which is the weakest part of the clothing. Since seams have lots of tiny holes, water is able to penetrate through those seams and get you wet. If the jacket advertises that the critical seams are sealed, only the upper body of the garment has seams that have been sealed. The rest are not, and that allows water to seep in.
If the seams are sealed, they may be taped or “welded.” Taped seams use a waterproof tape to cover the seams. A welded seam is a seam that has been joined by a means other than stitching. Welded seams are more waterproof than taped seams. The fabric is usually joined with sonic bonding or glue.
Which Jacket is Best – Waterproof or Water Resistant?
The decision is up to you and should be based on your riding habits. If you ride often and are bound to be caught in heavy rains, you'll probably want to get a waterproof jacket. If you are a casual rider and watch the weather, a water-resistant jacket may be all you need. Also, keep in mind that waterproof jackets may not be breathable and may not be suited for hot summer days, though they may be great for those days you might run into a cold rain.
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