Recently when cycling from Camden to a cinema on Finchley Road there was a huge downpour. One of those where you feel like you are standing under a very powerful shower! Or like you’re under attack from a mob of super soaker carrying youths. Fortunately I had come completely unprepared. The result was arriving at the cinema truly drenched. I was far too soaked to watch the movie so I jumped on my bike and cycled back home to dry off.
When I got home I decided enough was enough and I was going to look around for a pair of waterproof cycling trousers. I reasoned I could shove them in my bag on a day when it looks like it was going to rain and pull them out in bad conditions to throw over my trousers.
Here are some of the well recommended waterproof cycling trousers I came across in-case you’ve ever found yourself in a similar situation..
Providing waterproofing the Altura Nightvision waterproof cycling trousers are a good pair of overtrousers to have in case of rain. One of the best parts of the design is the zipped lower leg that allows you to slip in and out of them easily without taking off your shoes. The cycling specific design means that even as your leg is bending during pedalling they still remain comfortable. The Velcro at the bottom means that you can tighten them and keep them out of the cranks. Finally the reflective strips help you be seen.
The Wickham waterproof cycling trousers provide more breathability than the Altura Overtrousers. Hence the steep jump in price due to the more expensive materials used. Apart from that they offer much the same benefit as the Altura cycling trousers.
Any waterproof trousers
Taking a quick look on Amazon.co.uk or any outdoor shop you’ll definitely find cheaper alternatives than cycling specific waterproof trousers. Unfortunately you do miss out on some of the benefits but if you’re only going to use them rarely then it may be worth saving some money.
Take a look here at the Amazon.co.uk waterproof trousers.
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