I’ve tried many different waterproof cycling pants with varying levels of success. The two major problems I’ve experienced are:
1) that any pant that is actually waterproof makes me so sweaty that I might as well have just let my pants/shorts get wet
2) getting rain pants on and off over your cycling shoes is a real pain in the butt. This means you wait too long to put them on hoping the rain won’t last and in the process get your pants/shorts wet. It also means you leave them on too long when the rain stops or you just leave them on between showers getting hot ‘n sweaty in the process.
So this year I’m going to try out a pair of Rain Legs. These waterproof rain chaps go on and off in a few seconds without a lot of hassles which should solve one of my problems. They don’t seal your legs in, but they do keep the parts of them [thighs and knees] that get the most wet dry while letting your legs breathe. They also look like they’ll be great for cool mornings and chilly mountain descents – keeping me warmer without adding a lot of bulk to my gear.
The compromise of course is that they are not full pants and my legs are bound to get wet where they are not covered.
Time will tell if the Rain Legs end up being keepers or not. I’ll report back this summer once they’ve seen some action.