Reviewer: Mikko Nieminen
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It won’t win any fashion prizes, but if your riding jacket and trousers aren’t waterproof, this rain suit from Richa will keep you dry on two wheels.
This is a one-piece suit (think waterproof overalls) that’s designed to go over your normal riding gear. It has no safety features or clever tech up its sleeve; the only thing that this suit was designed to do was to keep the rider dry – and that it does well.
Zips on the legs help you get the suit on – even when wearing boots. I tend to use the suit when it looks like it might rain, so I put it on before I get on the bike. Another benefit of putting it on at home before setting-off is that the whole world doesn’t get to see me wriggle into it (not a pleasant sight, I guarantee). Apparently, wearing carrier bags over your boots when squeezing into the waterproofs helps the process, so I’ll try this next time.
There’s a stretchy waist band and the cuffs are elasticated to stop water getting in and these work really well. In order to keep the suit as waterproof as possible, there’s only a single chest pocket. Everything is streamlined to maximise waterproofing and minimise bulk and weight.
The Typhoon is very good at what it’s designed to do, so if you’re looking for a relatively cheap way to stay dry on your bike, this suit is worth considering.