Motorcyclists are a finicky bunch. We talk a good game of hardcore two-wheeling with the barista, but as soon as the skies darken and a few drops fall most of us swap saddles for windshield wipers and six-way adjustable seats. Riding safely in the rain takes a special level of concentration and skill, and it takes dedicated gear to stay dry. Nobody likes to ride hard and put themselves up wet — but armed correctly, we don’t have to.
Any full-face helmet will stave off facial monsoons and most textile jackets and pants out there have some built-in level of impermeability. But where most of us fall short is with our footwear. Instead of sliding into a full-length riding boot with proper gusseting, Gore-Tex and sealed seams, we opt for our favorite riding shoes or, worse yet, those trusty Horween, heritage kicks. Trust me, it only takes five miles for every ounce of H2O that hits you to turn those six-inch boots into an aquarium. These boots, however, will keep every little piggy warm and dry while you cut puddles on your hog, so slide into a pair and take advantage of El Niño’s unseasonably warm and wet winter.
Instep and Achilles accordion panels ensure comfort while a Gore-Tex membrane and CE-certified armor keep you safe and dry.
Alpinestars Super Touring Gore-Tex Boot $399
D-Axial anti-ankle-twist protection, a non-slip sole and a padded shifter insert will keep you focused in the canyons when the thunder rolls.
Dainese TRQ Tour Gore Tex Boots $330
Track-ready impermeability available in widths up to double-E.
Sidi Vertigo Mega Rain Boots $350
Lightweight and crafted using full-grain leather with a vintage oiled aesthetic.
Gaerne All Terrain GTX $320
Microfiber and Cordura construction coupled with Gore-Tex make these extremely breathable for summer storm runs.
TCX AirTech Evo Gore-Tex $289
Elasticized upper cuff, top-grain leather construction and Sidi build quality make these the last pair you’ll ever need.
Aerostich Combat Touring Boot Lite $347
Full Body Weather Protection
Stepping into an Aerostich one-piece riding suit is like wrapping yourself in a cocoon of comfort. Completely waterproof, this Cordura onesie fits over your favorite duds so you can arrive at the office looking like 2 million bucks, no matter what mother nature throws at you. Aerostich R3 Light One Piece Riding Suit $1,147+