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What is with the lack of rain gear?

36" inseam, no one seems to carry rain pants that fit me. I've had to ride in the rain for the last 2 days. Once, on the way home from work, no biggie there, just changed when I got home. The other on the way to work, which is more of a pain because I have to bring spare, dry clothing. I'm about to get a cold weather riding jacket, which will double as a rain jacket, but finding rain pants that are worth a dang is proving to be a chore. Am I stuck with el cheapo pants that are too short and rip at the crotch when I mount my bike?
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These guys are out of texas and do custom sizes...http://store.teizms.com/commute-suit

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I got First Gear Pants! Really nice, but that was three years ago.







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I have the Olympia Airglide Jacket and pants set, which comes with a rain liner, which works quite well I find. I have a 32' inseam, but the pants and liner both extend well below my ankles, where they close with velcro. There is also a zipper to attach jacket to pants at the back to prevent rain running down your back into you pants while riding.
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I was in a similar situation, even most companies "tall" clothing doesn't fit. Standard inseam is 32 and tall is 34 ... since when is 34" a tall?

My solution was just order from AeroStich. I live close so it was easy but they can talk you though taking your measurements over the phone too.

I have a 36" inseam as well. My measurement started with a "tall" in the correct waist size and then they added a couple more inches, some above the knee and some below so that the knee area and pads still fit correctly. My jacket was the same, found the right chest size and then took measurements to get the right sleeve length.

I have a Darien jacket and the AD1 pants. I've put on several hundred rain miles this summer and always stayed dry.

It can get a little spendy, but it fits correctly, and is very well made so IMHO worth it. Plus, not having to carry separate rain gear is nice. My riding gear is my rain gear so no stopping to re-dress if looks like rain, no getting caught without it ... very handy. I see your profile says Texas, I've rode in the low 90's with it and with all the vents open it stayed as cool as could be expected, especially on an undressed bike like the Versys where you can suck a lot of air up an open sleeve cuff.

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I checked both Olympia and Tourmaster both list 35" as the longest inseam. You might want to see if you can find a dealer and try them on. I know as much as I use my rain gear, I wear pants and tour jacket for the most part, I'd wouldn't want to spend a bunch on a set of rain pants. I have a set I carry in hot weather that I have worn maybe three times in as many years. I do ride in rain but like I said mainly I wear the armored tour pants and jacket.

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Fieldsheer Mercury armored textile pants are waterproof. I did 600+ miles one day in about 80% downpour, coming home from an Arkansas trip. Bone dry when I got home. They make them in tall sizes (I'm 6'4). Fit great. Have a removable quilted liner, and a couple of vents in the upper thighs.
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Are you kidding me?

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Over pants were actually what I had in mind. Any sort of gear that doesn't require me having to find privacy to change once I get there.
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My Olympia pants fit right over any pants, even with the liner, and zip right on and off in seconds. The only thing I might need to change is my boots to shoes.
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