Choosing a Raincoat for Quad Riding

choosing a raincoat for quad riding


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When quad riding, it’s essential to have basic equipment to protect you from the rain. Over the last few years, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know and learning what’s needed. Mother Nature often gives us a hard time. Dust, rain, wind and snow get in our way. Every good quad rider knows that a raincoat is an asset. We want to be well protected and stay dry.

I was interested to find out what qualities are required for a reliable and affordable water-repellent raincoat. In general, raincoats work well when you’re standing in the rain, but things get tricky when you’re moving at 50 km/h. Not all raincoats are waterproof. In fact, not all raincoats are designed for intensive use, caused by the air pressure brought on by fast travel combined with water.

The wind seeks to push water through the interstices of your armor’s weakest points. It’s easy to offer a waterproof textile, but it’s the implementation of the entire clothing system that’s uncertain. Here are just a few points to check when making your purchase that will put the odds in your favour:

  • Zippers in the crotch are to be avoided because they’re almost impossible to seal. 
  • Flaps in front of zippers. Is there a waterproof lining behind the zippers? Do the zippers have a rubber seal when closed? Is there a flap over them, secured by Velcro or other means?
  • Are the sleeves adjusted with elastic or velcro straps?
  • Does the collar rise high under the chin and protect the neck and chest? Water seepage through the neck is a critical issue.
  • Is the fabric abrasion-resistant, and are the seams (or bonds) strong? Are the seams adequately waterproofed?
  • Does the raincoat allow for adequate ventilation through judiciously placed air vents.

With these principles in mind, I had the pleasure of testing two waterproof ensembles: Scott Ergonomic Pro, and the Oxford Rainseal.

Oxford Rainseal distributed by Kimpex 

Oxford Rainseal distributed by Kimpex 

First of all, we find this two-piece model on the Kimpex website. The jacket is available in two colors: black ($75.99) or high-visibility black ($94.99). Black pants are also available for $59.99. What I like best of all is that they come with little waterproof bags. They take up very little space in the trunk.

Oxford Rainseal distributed

You can choose the size you usually wear. They come with several reflective strips. Multiple adjustments ensure comfort. You can adjust at the waist with an elastic waistband, and at the wrists and ankles with Velcro. Seams are fully taped to prevent water ingress. The zipper is ultra-long and the leg gussets are wide. Finally, the crotch is fully sealed.

Since I’m a cold person, I like the option of adding or removing pieces. 

They’re fully lined. They provide excellent wind protection and keep the body warm. Inside the jacket, there’s a handy little accessory pocket. It’s a less all-purpose model, but its visibility in difficult weather conditions is a considerable asset. We tested the raincoat in an episode of rain mixed with snow, and I stayed dry inside. The expected efficiency was fully achieved, with an appreciable level of comfort.

Strong points

  • Affordable price 
  • Waterproof carry bag 
  • Keeps you warm and dry 
  • Great visibility 

Weak points

  • Unisex model 
  • No hood

Scott Ergonomic Pro

Scott Ergonomic Pro

A model I like for its utility and lightness. I also love the look Scott gives to this raincoat kit. They’re available in two pieces at all retailers, as well as online. The jacket comes in two color choices: black or yellow ($109.99). The pants come in black for $104.99. They come with small carrying bags. Offering minimum storage volume. This is a regular fit, so your usual size will suffice.

minimum storage

The jacket features a waterproof labyrinth closure system. Elasticated waistband, cuffs and collar. Some reflective elements are included for enhanced visibility. The pants feature a high-waisted back area with elastic waistband adjustment. Scott Ergonomic Pro features a stretchy, breathable outer material with a laminated membrane in DRYO sphere triphase.

Having tested it several times in heavy rain, the clothes underneath stay dry. When riding, it dries very quickly, and you can easily take them off and put them back in their little bag. The fact that it’s tight around the neck ensures that no water enters upwards. I love the very high pants that tighten at the waist with an elastic band. I’m a go-anywhere kind of girl, and this set doesn’t look like a raincoat, but provides excellent protection. 

Strong points

  • Lightweight
  • Stylish and beautiful 
  • Very waterproof
  • Easy to clean
  • Quick-drying
  • Available in women’s cut

Weak points

  •  Expensive 
  • Unlined 
  • No hood

Care recommendations 

When we think of waterproof clothing, we think of care. We put them on to stay dry, and we want to maintain their property. Purchasing a waterproof suit is often a significant investment when buying quad equipment. It’s essential to take care of it to prolong its life. Here are a few maintenance tips. 


 It’s important to follow the washing instructions provided by the manufacturer. Do not use fabric softener, detergent powder or bleach. They can be machine-washed in cold water and dried on a rack. Cleaning is not necessary after each use. If wet or damp, simply hang to air-dry. If it’s muddy, let it dry and shake off most of it. You can then clean roughly with a damp cloth.


Over time, the treatment of a waterproof clothing item can wear out. It is possible to re-waterproof using a specific product. It’s very simple and easy to use. This can considerably prolong its main appearance. 


We must avoid storing our equipment in a wet or very hot place. This could damage the fabric and affect its waterproof properties. Be sure to take them out of their compressible bag from time to time. This will allow them to air out and check for tears or abnormal changes in the fabric. 


It’s essential not to sew or apply an iron-on patch. Do not create a hole in the fabric. This will allow water to enter directly. I recommend repair adhesives. Easy-to-use patches in a variety of sizes can be found in any outdoor store. This will make the fabric watertight at all points without damaging the fabric.

In a few words

The most important thing to remember is that no raincoat is perfect. They all offer similar features and each has its own style. Price is another important factor. Is it sold as a set or individually? After that, we have a small part to play in keeping our set waterproof and in good condition. Small gestures that will make your outings easier and more comfortable.