Fight the effects of Winter: If you are in a market for new gear this autumn you should consider garments using laminate outer fabrics. These used to be hugely expensive and almost exclusively featured Gore-Tex Proshell (hence the price point). Over the last couple of winter seasons, new styles have been introduced that perform comparable enough to outfits sporting the Gore-Tex Proshell label.
Here are 5 reasons why these laminate jackets and trousers should be part of the winter motorcycle clothing you consider:
- Jackets and trousers do not get heavy in the rain: Rain water cannot penetrate and soak into the outer fabric layer, meaning your gear stays lighter
- You stay warmer: As the fabric does not soak up rain water, the effects of windchill on you are minimised
- Never put on a wet jacket again: As the rain water beads off the surface, your gear dries in a less than a quarter of the time
- No puddle next to your desk: Same reason as above, the jacket will not drip on the floor for the coming hours as the rain has already run off the surface before you stepped through the main entrance
- Finally, put an end to the clammy feeling: Garments using laminate fabrics are more breathable, which means to you that you stay fresher inside
Outer fabric is a combination of the outer fabric you see and a bonded waterproof membrane to the back of it.
Rain water cannot penetrate. Therefore it runs off the surface.
By making the shell fabric and waterproof barrier “one layer”, these garments are far more breathable with only one layer needing to wick moisture to the outside.
The added bonus is that a bonded laminate allows for vents to be cut through the waterproof membrane. In summer this means these jackets then allow airflow direct to your body (keeping you cooler!); Other winter jackets with vents allow the airflow only to the waterproof and windproof membrane – that’s just simply not effective enough to keep you cool in town traffic.