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post #11 of 30 (permalink) Old 12-05-2012, 03:08 PM
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I've given up on finding a truly waterproof jacket. I mean one that will stay totally dry on long hauls in torrential rain and do that for several years. I know that Rukka gear has a great reputation but it's also fearfully expensive. All I do to stay totally dry on a long run is to pull my $150 Spool 2 piece plastic oversuit over my old Arlen Ness Gore-Tex gear in winter or my leathers in the summer. It's not stylish, but does the job cheaply.

Have also given up on truly waterproof gloves and use Rain-Off overmitts (http://www.rain-off.com/). Thin enough to not lose any feel but tough. They do the job 100%.
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The choice is quite obvious .. Another Kilimanjaro .

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The choice is quite obvious .. Another Kilimanjaro .
Yes, perhaps or as Goeff said a rain jacket/suit. The Kilimanjaro is still serviceable and has that worn, dirty biker look

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I am currently using a cheap (& nasty) Bilt waterproof jacket that works really well so far this winter, riding my Tmax scooter. The inner removeable liner is pretty crappy with sleeves the length of a gorilla's arms, but the outer jacket is rubberised material and is waterproof in a downpour.
I used to have a 2009 Tmax, the faster yellow one.
I see advertising for the Bilt line of gear, but have never seen any, I seems, like a brand that is "good for the price", but is not top tier.

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Hey Guys - just an update. Santa is bringing me a new ICON PDX rain jacket in Hi Viz

Stand by for the full report as it will be well tested here in the PNW

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Hey guys - here is a belated gear update. The ICON raincoat did not work out and was returned. It had a funky roll up collar that I could never store right.

I got another Kilimanjaro that was working great but within three months one of the main zipper storm flap snaps has pulled out of the fabric

The jacket has a one year warranty and I hope that FG will follow through and do the right thing by either replacing or repairing this jacket. I ride almost every day so my gear gets a good work out for sure.

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Mark,

You might want to consider a BMG jacket if the Kilimanjaro doesn't get replaced http://www.britishmotorcyclegear.com/Jackets.asp. I tried on the Mercury and Challenger jackets at the Seattle Motorcycle show and liked them. I was lucky enough to find a new old stock Belstaff jacket similar to the Mercury for a steal. I have not ridden with it in any soakers yet, but it's kept me warm/dry so far.
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I recently invested in an Aerostich 2 pc suit, I have not received it yet, but it maybe a good idea to have a look at their website. They seem to have "waterproof" figured out.

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Mark,

You might want to consider a BMG jacket if the Kilimanjaro doesn't get replaced http://www.britishmotorcyclegear.com/Jackets.asp. I tried on the Mercury and Challenger jackets at the Seattle Motorcycle show and liked them. I was lucky enough to find a new old stock Belstaff jacket similar to the Mercury for a steal. I have not ridden with it in any soakers yet, but it's kept me warm/dry so far.
Thanks Rich and yes I have seen the Mercury by BMG and it looks nice. I was disappointed with my Kilimanjaro having the snap pull out of the storm flap

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