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Really? I have an inexpensive two-piece rainsuit ($65) that fits over the leathers and Totes over the boots. Easy and positive.

Mixed success with waterproofing, virtually none work 100%.
 
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I don't have any experience water proofing leather - but I used a 30 dollar wal-mart rain suit, combined with my normal gloves, helmet and boots. I always stayed perfectly dry, and I rode through some heavy ran this past summer.
 

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I don't have any experience water proofing leather - but I used a 30 dollar wal-mart rain suit, combined with my normal gloves, helmet and boots. I always stayed perfectly dry, and I rode through some heavy ran this past summer.
its going to start rainign here pretty soon, and this is EXACTLY what i plan on doing about it. i mean, granted shops sell rain gear for motorcyclists, but why??? a slick yellow suit will work jsut as well for a fraction of the price, plus itll get you noticed.
 

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A regular rubbery rain suit does work well. I've got a bright yellow Columbia jacket and pants, works great except for the pass through pockets on the pants, those have to be taped up or you can get some water in them in a really hard rain. Other than that though I was riding to school in some pretty bad weather, through some pretty deep standing water at times too and never got wet.

Well, except for my hands, through my 'waterproof' gloves.

Only downside to that is you've got another layer of clothing to put on / take off. And the high visibility is also kinda goofy looking :)
 

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if you want water proofing go to your nearest adventure store Rei Gander mountain, etc etc and get a set of frogg toggs. you can also find them on ebay. i wear them my friend wears thems, combine them with a set of gaiters from tour master and you got it made. there light weight, fits into their stuff sack really well and compresses down good. i ride year round, i've worn them in rain cold mild snow, doesn't matter i'm always dry as a bone when i'm done riding.

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In the old days , it was a bad Idea. Because once you filled in the pours of the leather with some sealant, you lost it's thermal insulation quality. Maybe today there are new chemicals that work differently. Silicon?
When racing in the rain we just put cheap yellow rain gear over top or our leather. We looked like a bunch of fire Hydrants on bikes.

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In the old days , it was a bad Idea. Because once you filled in the pours of the leather with some sealant, you lost it's thermal insulation quality. Maybe today there are new chemicals that work differently. Silicon?
When racing in the rain we just put cheap yellow rain gear over top or our leather. We looked like a bunch of fire Hydrants on bikes.

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Get GORTEX boots (never leaked) Get some SEALSKINZ gloves 100% waterproof. I use them as undergloves.
Leather doesn't last too long under pressure when you're riding. Stationary it will repel water.
 

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Get GORTEX boots (never leaked) Get some SEALSKINZ gloves 100% waterproof. I use them as undergloves.
Leather doesn't last too long under pressure when you're riding. Stationary it will repel water.
Understood that leather isn't the best product for foul weather. All my trips are 15-20 minutes or less & I already have some boots with rubbery lower parts & leather above that... so wanted to see what might help.

With the practical ideas mentioned already... some riggedup plastic "gators" would do the trick w/ none of the mess of less-effective leather treatment.

So HURRAH for practical advice!
 

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Really? I have an inexpensive two-piece rainsuit ($65) that fits over the leathers and Totes over the boots. Easy and positive.

Mixed success with waterproofing, virtually none work 100%.
Second that motion.

I offer this advice to my customers all the time. As leather is, by nature, more absorbent.
 
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