Winter is upon us here in Cape Town and you can bet on the fact that at some stage you’ll need decent rain gear.Â I already have a RST textile suit with removable waterproof lining, but I decided to see what’s currently available on the market.
I went out looking for a pair of waterproof gloves with knuckle protection and found that they can cost in excess of R800. I already have a decent pair of Karl Wolf gloves that I trust, so I opted for glove covers which I picked up from Trac-Mac in Paarden Eiland for R100.
Next I set out to find boot covers and this proved to be quite tricky.Â The most common boot covers where Pro Rider boot covers with a sole.Â I really liked them but getting them to fit over my Berik boots were an issue.Â I could not get my boot into the sole of the boot cover, there wasn’t enough stretch at the back of the heel on the boot cover for my boot to properly fit inside.Â Trying on even bigger XXL boot covers did not help.Â I really tried everywhere in Cape Town I could find and eventually gave up the search for a few days.
Then I saw World Of Accessories in Bellville advertise a rainsuit with boot covers for R550.Â I went to look at it and it wasn’t bad at all. It’s made by Langston Motorsports. It’s made from nice and thick waterproof material and feels like quality material. The suit is wind- and waterproof to keep you dry and warm on your journey.
You also get a set of boot covers, but unfortunately, they also, do not fit 100% over my Berik boots, but I can live with that.Â The legs of the pants will cover the top part of the boot where the boot covers don’t close properly.Â My only other concern is the durability of the elastic band underneath your boot sole, that will definitely get damaged from walking around with them on your boots and there is no reinforcement around the gearshift area on either boot covers.Â Only time will tell how long they will last.