There are lots of reasons why we might find ourselves wearing clothing on our bikes that isn’t waterproof; we’re riding in leathers, either on the road or on the way to or from a trackday, for example.
Whatever the reason, unless you’re staying within a stone’s throw of home, then you will probably want some waterproofs with you in case your dry ride turns wet – let’s face it, it’s a distinct possibility in the UK and various other riding favourites, such as mountainous regions, for example.
And like other forms of clothing – leathers, in particular – waterproofs come in two varieties; two-piece or single-piece suits.
While many like the flexibility of two-piece waterproofs, a single-piece suit can offer great waterproofing while also providing a closer and snugger fit with less billowing and flapping.
And though it can appear contrary, they can also be easier to get on and off and to store on the bike, with just a single garment to worry about.
Most over suits will be in simple waterproof material and not something like Gore-Tex or a similar membrane.
This means that they may not breathe and if you’re inside them for a long period of time, they may start to get a bit sweaty.
However, they will keep the cold rain and wind from outside out and it’s generally accepted that a little moisture inside from your body is far better than a soaking from outside.
Here is a selection of top single-piece motorcycle waterproof suits
JDC One-Piece Suit
This simple one-piece suit gets good reviews on Amazon and is a straightforward design; a single slanted zip that extends from the collar to the thigh and is available either in black or black with a hi-viz top half. It has a deep, Velcro-fastened collar to keep the rain out and elasticated and Velcro cuffs as well as tabs on the ankle cuffs with long zips to the bottom of the leg.
An elasticated waist and waist belt helps prevent it flapping in use and it has a mesh lining to make it more comfortable and help with ventilation. It also comes in an integral bag that can be worn around the waist.
Richa Typhoon Rain Overall
This is Sportsbikeshop's best-seller in 'Waterproofs' and was also a Best Buy from sister title RiDE when it tested waterproofs a couple of years ago. Completely waterproof, it comes in black with hi-viz sections to help you stay visible in poor weather conditions.
This suit gets good reviews at Amazon and is available in black with reflective piping to increase visibility. It has a long, slanted zip for access and an elasticated waist for a good fit on the bike, along with an adjustable belt to keep it secure.
There is adjustment at the cuffs and ankles as well as deep zips to make access to the legs easy. There is also a full lining to help air flow to prevent moisture getting the clothing damp and it is designed to be worn in the same size as your normal clothing.
If you want to stay warm as well as dry, this thermally-lined suit from Weise is just the job. It is completely waterproof thanks to impervious material as well as sealed seams and has a quilted lining for warmth.
It has a neck-to-knee zip for access as well as a deep collar and Velcro fastenings to the cuffs. It also has Scotchlite reflective strips on the arms for visibility and external pockets on the thigh and chest.
This suit from Oxford is full of features. It has a mesh lining for air flow when worn and comes with a hood as well as a fleece lining in the collar for comfort. It has a long neck-to-knee zip to make putting it on and off easy and there are long zips at the leg to get it over the top of boots easily.
In addition to adjustment at the ankles and cuffs, there is also a Velcro tab on the upper arm and an elasticated waist. It also has reflective detailing to maximise visibility in poor conditions.
This suit from Held gets excellent reviews at Sportsbikeshop and is a relatively straightforward waterproof suit, with an outer in nylon and a mesh lining on the upper body to help with air circulation when wearing it.
It has a diagonal zip from neck to thigh and a deep collar to keep wind and rain out with zipped expanding panels at the lower leg. It has an elasticated waist and cuffs and it also features Scotchlite reflective sections for visibility.
A-Pro One-Piece Suit
Another budget suit that gets very good reviews at Amazon, this one from A-Pro is made from polyester with reinforced stitching which is taped for waterproofing. It has a zip that goes from the neck to the thigh and elasticated waist and cuffs.
It doesn’t appear to have lower-leg zips so it may be a bit of a struggle to get on in a hurry but it will keep the rain out. Reviews suggest going one size larger than your usual clothing size to make room.
Macna Hydra 2.0
This suit from Macna is not cheap but it is waterproof, with a nylon outer coated with polyurethane to keep the rain out. It also has a Taffeta lining for comfort, though you're probably already wearing outer clothing, and a neck-to-thigh zip for access.
It has Velcro-adjustable cuffs and ankles with zips in the lower legs and it also has a pocket on the thigh. There are heat shields on the legs to prevent damage or burning and it also features reflective panels for improved visibility at night.
It has a long slanted zip to help you get in and a deep collar to keep rain out. It has wide, Velcro-fastened cuffs and ankles and is plenty baggy enough to make getting in easy while not being overly flappy on the bike.
The Oxford Rainseal is waterproof and fluorescent with reflective detailing for night time visibility. The upper body of the suit is lined and there are adjustable cuffs and ankles too. An elasticated waist offers added comfort and the suit can be folded into a supplied waistpack.