Which waterproofs to buy – the hose down part 2 | FEATURE
Last week we introduced you to the 14 sets of waterproofs we painfully tested in the middle of January. Tested on a freezing wet, snowy and uncomfortable day, as we were sprayed by a couple of sadistic women for hours on end whilst sat stationary on two scooters in a bid to recreate the riding position.
Not that I’m bitter or anything and pneumonia isn’t as bad as they make out but here are the results. Hopefully, it’ll help to keep you dry this season.
Having tried each suit on for size, fit and looks it was time for me and Andy Gillard from ScooterNova to get outside and take the punishment metered out by our two over-zealous partners. When you’re faced with a manic looking woman, powerful hose in hand and you’re playing waterproof Russian Roulette it’s a bit daunting. Thankfully for me I tend to be fairly lucky.
If you need a quick reminder into each suit on the test you can have a look at part one here.
Macna Hydra v Spada 408
Andy was unlucky straight from the start. I wore the Spada 408 1-piece suit for the first hose down, whilst Andy had the Macna Hydra 1-piece. Five full minutes of well-aimed hose is enough to test the most vulnerable areas of any suit. Andy’s Macna failed miserably in less than one minute*.
I felt like I’d remained completely dry for the full five minutes but had a very small damp patch on my leg when I took the suit off. That patch could have been caused by water entering as I unzipped it but I’m not sure. My only other issue with the Spada suit was that it was easy to trap the linings whilst zipping it up, other than that it fits well, looks good and feels quite substantial so should be good for regular use.
*Macna sent us a replacement suit to test again. I was hosed down it in at the weekend and I’m pleased to say it worked as it should. It just goes to show that if something doesn’t work as it should it’s worth complaining, it may just be a faulty item rather than flawed design.
Givi Ridertech v Furygan Neptune 2-piece
Both of these two-piece sets look good and are easy to get on and off. Sizing is conservative on the Furygan so it’s worth going up a size if you’re a bit larger than a large, this one also has a detachable hood, has two pockets and comes in separate compact bags. Likewise the Givi is easy to get on, quite compact when packed into its own bags and the chicks dig it so it looks good on.
Both of these suits lasted the full five minutes with no leaks and are well recommended.
Spada Aqua Brite 2-piece v RST 1-piece
Personally, I prefer a 2-piece set of waterproofs because I’ll usually be wearing a waterproof textile jacket anyway so most of the time you’ll only need a pair of overtrousers if you’re caught out by the weather. The jacket can be used if the weather gets really bad to give some extra protection.
The Spada Aqua Brite are good value for money at £39.99 for the jacket and £24.99 for the trousers and as the name suggests they are very bright. The RST 1-piece is a nice looking suit, it fits very well, comes in a fairly compact bum bag and costs just £59.99. Andy had a slight dribble in this one, which was unfortunate. I use and recommend RST kit so I was a bit disappointed that it leaked slightly.
Tucano Urbano Diluvio Rex & Tuta Nano Plus
Both me and my other half have been using these for a while, Andy & Ann have also been using the Nanos and we know they work. For every day use the Diluvio is a bit more substantial, it comes in two separate bags that Velcro together and it fits well, is easy to get on and off over boots and has enough high-viz. The Nanos are a really thin and lightweight set of waterproofs but they’re much tougher than they look. Both of these sets of waterproofs are rain tower tested to EN 14360: 2004, they’re breathable and really do keep you dry. I’ll be packing Nanos for my Euro adventures this summer when space is at a premium. They pack up to a size that could fit into a jacket pocket at a push.
Oxford Products Rain Seal & Storm Seal 2-piece
If you have thunder thighs the Rain Seal is perfect because the trousers are ridiculously sized, you’re as well going for a size down than your usual if you’re buying these. The Storm Seal are also quite generous but they’re a more substantial set than the Rain Seal (as reflected in the price, they’re £59.99 for the jacket, same for the trousers, as opposed to £31.49 and £22.49 for the Rain Seal). Both sets kept us dry during the test but the Storm Seal front flap doesn’t seal as well as it could and I’ve had issues with previous Oxford ‘Bone Dry’ not-very-waterproof waterproofs in the past. A wet trip to Scotland still gives me goosebumps. Taken at face value though both these sets survived our testing.
Bike Tex 1&2 piece suits
Another budget offering, this time from Bike Tex. If you read the first part you’ll remember Andy put his foot in it, quite literally, when putting the 1-piece on. His foot ripped the crotch, the bad news for me was that I’d be wearing that one for the wet testing. I strategically tucked the rip in as best I could and actually stayed dry during the hose down. Both of these sets kept us dry in fact. Ok they’re not pretty to look at, probably one step up from the black bin liners we used in the 1980s but other than ripping they did work.
The 1-piece costs £44.99 and the 2-piece is £33.99 for the top and £29.99 for the trousers.
Richa rain 1-piece and Alpinestars Hurricane 2 piece suit
We finally got our revenge on the ladies when it was their turn to try a couple of suits out. Ann had the Richa for the hose test and it fits and looks good. It also performed perfectly and only costs £42.99 so is great value for money. The Alpinestars come with an Astars price tag, £56 for the jacket and £53 for the trousers but they’re stylish, are well made and feel to be good quality. They also keep you dry (Ann has been trying these out for a few months). If budget isn’t an issue they’re a very good choice.
We were quite surprised to find that out of the 14 sets of waterproofs on test only three of them actually leaked during the test. The Macna was the worst offender, drenching Andy within one minute. We’ve since re-tested a replacement set and these were perfect. It just goes to show that if you buy waterproofs that leak like a sieve it’s well worth returning them and trying another pair.
Waterproofs have lots of parts, stitching, flaps, zips and openings so it’s quite easy to get a badly made set. The other two fails were only very minor leaks so weren’t worth retesting, a badly stitched or sealed seam could cause a dribble so it doesn’t mean those waterproofs would ordinarily leak.
The tests also gave us all a few clear favourites, with performance, ease of use, storage, looks and value for money all being taken into account. Here are our top three choices in both 1 and 2-piece sets and a money off Tucano offer. You can click on the brand logos to go to their respective websites.
Our top three 2-piece waterproofs
1st: Alpinestars Hurricane, quality fit, good looks and we know it works. Not too pricey either at £108 for top and bottoms
2nd: Tucano Urbano Diluvio Rex, this is the set Linsey is currently wearing. They’ve been 100% waterproof, are heavy duty for regular use and look good too. At £114.99 they’re not cheap but staying dry is worth paying for. We sell these through the SLUK Shop and we’ll give a discount at the end.
3rd: Givi Rider Tech, surprisingly good waterproofs for the bargain price of £55. Well worth having in your glovebox
Our top three 1-piece waterproofs
1st: Tucano Urbano Tuta Nano Plus, these are the best all-around 1-piece waterproofs if you’re a rally going scooterist and space is important. They pack up small enough to stuff in any space, they’re also very good at what they’re meant to do. Well recommended. I’ll be using these myself this year. They cost £79.99 and can be bought from our SLUK Shop by clicking this link. We’ll also have an offer on these at the end.
2nd: Richa Typhoon, this was a hard one to call. Over all (pardon the pun) I preferred the RST Waterproof suit, I thought looked good on, it’s also cheap enough at £49.99but Andy got mildly damp in it so second goes to the Richa Typhoon. At £42.99 it’s great value for money as well.
3rd: Macna Hydra, Although it failed the first test our replacement suit behaved itself so we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt for the leaky version. It’s a good looking, easy to get on (and off) suit. At £93.99 it’s not the cheapest though.
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