As much as I hate to admit it, I’m heavily dependent on synthetic raingear for long distance cycling. Wool forms my core base layer, of course, but it’s a rare day in March, April or May when I’m not carrying a Showers Pass rain jacket and Rainlegs on rides longer than 4o miles.
For the curious, Rainlegs are lightweight, waterproof cycling chaps. What’s nice about Rainlegs is that you can easily fit them over bulky, everyday clothing using a multi-point, velcro and snap-closure system. Also, because Rainlegs only cover the tops of the legs, they ventilate well. For this reason, I think Rainlegs should consider offering a more durable, waxed cotton version for slower-moving commutes and general town use. I’m offering my services as a field tester.