Men have it easy, across the board it seems, with cycling. Clothing fits them easier, they don’t need specially designed bikes normally and most men don’t care what rain gear looks like or how it fits on them.
I’m different and it seems like, in the few emails I received, you are to! I’ve scored many places trying to find a suitable rain gear outfit for women and I still haven’t nailed down the colors but sizing seems to be getting better.
Suggestions for rain gear :
Not very cheap, but good waterproof and breathable rain gear isn’t. This jacket has tons of ventilation through out, including zippers under your arms and a vent on your back side. With a catching blue color this may change your idea of how a rain jacket should look.
A jacket made by the company that brought us Gore-Tex. Could you not ask for more? This jacket is in the Paclite family so it can be packed in a jersey pocket. A flip down tail will also add extra protection from road or dirt spray on your behind. With the slim fit, it is true, you need to be pretty slim to wear this jacket.
Gore Solid Lady Pants
I still have not been able to find a women’s cut, non-black, pair of decent rain pants. The closest I have found are these from Gore. Unfortunately no other colors but I guess that’s how it is for now.
Keen is one of the leading shoe companies for casual & lifestyle wear. There is no doubt why after wearing their Commuter Sandals for a few weeks.
In 2009 Bontrager released their first ever cycling shoe line. After teaming up with Esoles in order to get thousands of foot scans. The result was a well fit shoe, with replaceable arch support and a bargain compared to other shoes. The line was very in depth with women, men and triathlon shoes. (Personally, I have two pairs and I love them!)
For 2010 they are going even deeper with the line and adding more color. The women are staying pretty subtle but the mens line have a lot of orange through out.
Harlot Habit Shorts - Size MD, Color Black.
The shorts have an amazing material, stretchy but feel very durable. Sizing they seem to be pretty true & the length is perfect. I am very excited about the fact they didn’t mess with the padded liner that many shorts do. Normally you aren’t happy with the liner and tear it out, or if its built in you are stuck with it.
Back of shorts. Seamless crotch in center.
Shorts have two closures. Velcro and snaps. Easy to take off in a pinch but very secure while in use. The shorts also have belt loops if you want even more backup.
Tidbits from the company :
- Seamless and unlined crotch.
- Shell fabric is a stretch nylon/poly with Dryon finish. The Dryon is water and strain resistant.
- 4 way stretch inseam
- Available in multiple colors and sizes
The shorts are subtle enough to wear out after riding or I plan to wear them in the shop. The black color is perfect to hide grease and I can commute in to work with them on! Give me a week or so for a good ride report.