One-piece waterproofs are a favourite for riders for know they’re going to be spending a lot of time in the saddle getting rained on.
Fortunately for us, when it’s raining and we’re on the bike, unlike the image above, we don’t have to worry about the family getting wet.
An all-in-one is a great option as there are no gaps for rain to get in, unlike a two-piece where your jacket can ride up at the back.
Whether you’re after a high-vis rain suit or one that’s got an extra layer for warmth, we’ve created this handy guide to help you choose; be sure to check out the top tips section full of useful advice on choosing the best motorcycle one-piece waterproof suit for you.
Some things to remember when you’re buying new waterproofs:
When you’re putting waterproofs on, you tend to be in a bit of a hurry (or a mild panic) or a mixture of the two. So it pays to have a quality set as you’re likely to force your boots through them – if they’re of poor quality, they’ll just tear on any rough edges and be rendered useless.
We’ve created this review of the current range of waterproof motorcycle suits that tick all these boxes and are worth your money.
Rich’s a quality brand and they make a top-notch range of waterproofs. This waterproof rain suit features a lengthy knee to neck zip for easy entry, elasticated waist and cuffs, comes with a mesh storage bag and features reflective detailing.
If you’re riding in Europe these are the ones we’d go for as they meet French reflective standards without being too hi-vizzy. It is pricier than Richa’s offering but they’re perfect for a day in the saddle. The Held Monsun features a lengthy diagonal zip designed for easy entry, there’s adjustment in the form of a waist belt, zips with Velcro straps in the ankles and cuffs.
This is the cheapest motorcycle rain suit we could find on Amazon with half-decent reviews.
Cheap isn’t always the best option when it comes to rainsuits. Cheap stuff from eBay will probably rip within a few uses and then it’s useless. With the cheapest motorcycle specific ones costing around £30, is it worth spending £15 to get lesser quality set? It’s up to you.
While the cheap ones will probably do the job, if they’re not designed for motorcycling, they tend to be made from thinner material, so they can easily tear. They often don’t have elasticated hems, meaning they flap around when you’re riding and most won’t have that additional material you need to go over your gear without being too restrictive.
We’ve picked a good-looking cheap motorcycle-focused option:
Spada Eco One-Piece / £39.99
With a diagonal zip entry system and zips to the legs to allow easy access, this waterproof suit from Spada features a mesh-lined upper and an outer pocket. It’s about a fiver cheaper than our top pick, but if your money’s tight this is a good option.
An all-in-one suit is a great option if you’re riding in winter or you know you’ve got to ride in the rain. But if you just want a bit of security against a downpour then a waterproof top might be a better option.
They’re smaller, easier to carry, quick to get on and they’ll keep a majority of the rain off.
This Held Wet Tour Waterproof Jacket is a top bit of kit, with excellent user reviews and as a bonus, it’s Recommended by RiDE magazine.
Taped seams help prevent water from entering the little holes left by stitching.
Make sure you get the sizing right, so it can fit over any riding gear, you don't want to be uncomfortable on long trips, slightly baggier is better as it allows more movement on the bike.
A neck tube will help seal your neck and keep water out
Wear the suit OVER your boots and your gloves INSIDE the sleeves to stop water trickling in.
If you want to pack up your rain suit, some come with a carry sack but if they don't you can buy a cheap compression sack online.
The last thing you want is a ripped suit. Always get a motorcycle specific waterproof suit, they're designed to prevent rips if you get a boot caught in the fabric and from over wearing in the knee region
There are rainsuits to suit every budget. One thing you notice about the pricier options is that the material they’re made from feels more like material used on an inflatable rib boat than the thinner, tent-like fabric of the really cheap sets.
Obviously budget is important but we haven’t listed any sets under £30 as they just won’t stand up to the abuse. If money is super tight you might be better off going for a waterproof top instead.
JDC Over Suit 1PC / £32.99
Designed with your clothing in mind, order your usual size without worrying you won’t get the right fit. Taped and welded seams stop any unwanted leaks.
RST Waterproof 1 Piece / £49.99
If you’re after a hi-viz option this is the one to go for. All over fluorescent yellow, you won’t be missed out on the road. Elasticated waist and cuffs, the soft fabric collar adds a bit of comfort. Added reflective piping, in case the colour isn’t bright enough for other road users.
Spada Eco One Piece/ £39.99
Sporting a mesh-lined top half and an elasticated waist to prevent billowing, this suit is fully waterproof and windproof. Our budget pick.
Texspeed One Piece / £29.99
This one also gets great reviews by customers. The large front zip is covered with Velcro for added waterproofing – go a size up for extra comfort.
Wiese Siberian / £84.99
Long zipped for easy on and off, it’s made of tough taffeta nylon with a thermal quilted lining to give you added warmth.
Are leather motorcycle trousers waterproof?
No, but they can be rain repellant. Most leather trousers will withstand a light shower but a prolonged downpour will saturate the leather and soak in. Once they’re wet, they take a long time to dry.
You can buy products like Nikwax Fabric & Leather waterproofing which will hugely improve the waterproofing of your kit, from leathers to textile jackets or gloves but if you are caught out in a downpour and want to stay dry, you’ll need a pair of waterproof trousers.
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