12 two-piece rain suit in the test

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12 two-piece rain suit in the test
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12 two-piece rain suit in the test

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Full steam ahead? No, but during the wet test the combos are exposed to steam jet rain.

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Hein Gericke Blizzard; MOTORRAD verdict: satisfactory.

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The integrated hood can be rolled up in a few simple steps; …

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well positioned reflectors on the pants.

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Hero Wet Tour; MOTORRAD verdict: very good (MOTORRAD test winner).

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Waterproof: front zipper with rubber seal easy to use …

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… Airy: transport bag made of mesh.

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IXS Waterford Dropy II; MOTORRAD verdict: satisfactory.

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The hood should be zipped off before driving, otherwise it will flutter …

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… Handy: Velcro straps on the leg ends.

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Modeka Xeric Evo; MOTORRAD verdict: satisfactory.

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The breast pocket serves as a practical carrying bag for the jacket …

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… Aaargh! It’s annoying to get stuck at the bottom of the leg.

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Proof Type III / Aqua Zip II; MOTORCYCLE rating: good (MOTORCYCLE purchase tip).

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Super grip: rubber tab on the collar fastener …

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… Comfortable: the trouser leg can be completely zipped open.

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Road Rain-Lite; MOTORRAD verdict: satisfactory.

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Somewhat poor: just a small inside pocket …

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… Fiddly: thin Velcro straps on the leg ends.

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The end can be adjusted properly, but the sleeves are a bit too short …

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Since fully protected racing leather differs significantly from casual cruiser gear, it is almost a feat to combine a body-hugging fit with comfort and good handling when putting on and taking off.

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Alpinestars_Quick Seal Out; MOTORRAD verdict: good.

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Very small: two-piece with mini pack size …

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… Really big: the simple but functional Velcro leg width adjustment.

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Buse 4016/4014; MOTORRAD judgment: sufficient.

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Annoying when getting dressed: Insufficiently fixed lining …

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… Scratchy Velcro on the collar.

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Difi Terra East; MOTORRAD verdict: very good.

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Generous: long zippers on the cuffs …

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… and trouser legs make it easier to put on and take off.

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FLM Stormchaser; MOTORRAD verdict: very good.

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Good against wind: arm width adjustment with Velcro …

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… and the possibility of coupling the upper and lower part.

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Germas Douglas; MOTORRAD verdict: satisfactory.

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There it is: a cozy, lined collar …

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… There it flows: airtight PVC coating ensures a sweaty climate.

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Germot Oslo / Dublin; MOTORRAD verdict: good.

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… Play it safe: The long reflectors are very noticeable.

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12 two-piece rain suit in the test

12 two-piece rain suit in the test
Which offers the best protection?

Topless? Free below? Or would you rather be completely protected? Rain suit two-piece suits lively change. But want to offer the best weather protection.

Thorsten Dentges

09/10/2014

The sun shines through dark storm clouds. Throw on the rain suit now? Oh no, there are still a few kilometers to go. Only when the first drops fall is it worth driving to the right. But hey presto, you’re already wet. On the other hand: If you fumble too early in the rainwear, which is unfortunately not exactly breathable, it is no better. Sweaty inside, outside it flutters like stupid when you pull on the cable. Anything can happen if the rain suit doesn’t work well. The poor little tailors of such garments don’t have it easy either. After all, the rain gear has to fit over normal motorcycle clothing.

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But since fully protected racing leather differs significantly from casual cruiser clothing, it is almost a feat to combine a body-hugging fit with comfort and good handling when putting on and taking off. And one more problem: the cost. Rain suit buyers are, as the saying goes: price-sensitive. This means that the product developers often only have to fall back on simple polyester or polyamide fabrics with air-impermeable coatings for targeted sales prices of less than 100 euros. That doesn’t exactly make it more comfortable to wear.

Surcharge for climate membrane is worthwhile

But there is another way. With a climate membrane, for example. Newer models have it, but cost significantly more due to the useful feature. Considered soberly, this comparison of twelve rain combinations between the most expensive and the cheapest station wagon is just 92 euros. Three full tanks for a normal touring machine cost more. And the investment is worthwhile, as the test shows: five station wagons are equipped with a membrane, three of which are right at the top of the podium. Because a sweaty climate in the station wagon not only feels uncomfortable, it also cools down too much, which also reduces active safety.

In one function, however, all combinations are the same: They are two-part. This has the advantage that you have the free choice whether you can take your rain gear up or down, depending on the weather and the rest of the driver’s equipment. Practical, for example, when you wear a reasonably weatherproof jacket for the way to work and when it starts to rain you just have to quickly slip your rain trousers over your jeans so that you don’t end up looking like a poor man in the office. Or when the rain suddenly surprises you on a sporty road tour and a light, easy-to-stow rain jacket over the perforated race suit offers urgently needed weather protection. From a physiological point of view, the upper body is the more important body zone to be protected from cooling down compared to the legs.

Combined with a proper overlap, jacket and pants should (at least in theory) provide as good protection as one-piece rain suits. If so, two-piece suits are a good option. Also for strict fair weather drivers. Because even in the desert it can rain, and in this country the weather is one thing above all else: changeable.

Alpinestars Quick Seal Out


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Alpinestars Quick Seal Out.

Providers: Alpinestars, phone 00 39/04 23/52 86 (Italy), www.alpinestars.com; Price: 99.95 euros; Sizes: S to 3XL; To dye: Yellow, orange, black; Material: Polyamide; Weight (SIZE L): 470 g

Plus: Sensationally small pack size, even fits under some sports bike seats or in small tank bags; ultra-light, feels like a second skin; excellent proportions, optimal sleeve and trouser leg lengths; very high wearing comfort due to exemplary air conditioning; Zipper cover with small Velcro strips can be opened easily; excellent width adjustment at the leg ends.

Minus: Strong tendency to flutter, thin upper material puffs up, especially with jackets from 130 km / h; hardly any adjustment options except in the waist area; at the cuffs only simple elastic cuffs without adjustment options; in the case of a wet test, water ingress in the collar area.

Conclusion: Ultralight and compact. The top-notch sitting Alpinestars Quick Seal Out is the super athlete among them
tested rain suits. Unfortunately not very tight, flutters at high speed.

MOTORRAD verdict: Good

Buse 4016/4014


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Buse 4016/4014.

Providers: Buse, phone 0 24 71/1 26 90, www.buese.com; Prices: Jacket / pants 34.95 / 24.95 euros; Sizes: XS to 3XL; Colour: Black; Material: Polyester; Weight (SIZE L): 1190 g

Plus: Weather-protected inside pocket and large, practical breast pocket with Velcro fastener to accommodate utensils that should be quickly accessible; Leg width sufficient even for thick boots.

Minus: Flutters uncomfortably even at moderate country road speeds (jacket and pants); Collar does not fit well, feels scratchy; weak elastic as waist adjustment; baggy cut, unsatisfactory fit (sleeves too short); when stepping into trousers, boots get caught in limp mesh lining; leaks in some places in the wetness test; weak elastic in the waistband; Workmanship carelessly, cheap equipment; Sweaty indoor climate even with short refueling stops when there is no cooling airflow.

Conclusion: The Buse 4016/4014 combination costs little, but hardly meets the minimum requirements for a rain suit. Not very dense, extremely volatile, lousy indoor climate. It’s too weak.

MOTORRAD verdict: sufficient

DIFI Terra East


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DIFI Terra East.

Providers: Motoport, phone 0 44 51/91 52 10, www.motoport.de; Prices: jacket / pants 69.95 / 54.95 euros; Sizes: XS to XXXL; To dye: Gray / black / orange; Materials: Polyamide, polyester, polyurethane; Weight (size L): 1230 g

Plus: Body-hugging cut, tight fit; pleasantly firm upper material, does not flutter even at high motorway speeds; good air conditioning; practical Napoleon pocket, well protected against water;
Generous entry aid with zip in the waistband and thigh area; long zipper at the cuffs, practical when bulky glove cuffs have to be accommodated.

Minus: Sleeves and trouser legs cut a little too short, slide too high in driving position; Zippers do not run cleanly and sometimes get stuck with lining material; no outside pockets, overall rather modest storage space.

Conclusion: At first glance it looks like a normal textile suit. But the Difi Terra East is just a “cover-it”, but with a small pack size, a crisp fit and good weather protection.

MOTORRAD verdict: very good

FLM Stormchaser


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FLM Stormchaser.

Providers: Polo motorcycle and sportswear, phone 0 21 65/8 44 03 00, www.polo-motorrad.de; Prices: Jacket / pants 69.95 / 44.95 euros; Sizes: S to 3XL; To dye: Black-and-white; Materials: Polyamide, polyester; Weight (size L): 1060 g

Plus: Holds tight, passed the wet test with flying colors; only slight tendency to flutter (only noticeable from 130 km / h); easy entry; Width adjustment on upper arms; integrated hood to roll up; good collar finish; Sleeve length sufficient even with disproportionately long arms, cuffs (Velcro plus cuffs) very successful; good overlap in the seat area, jacket and trousers can be coupled with a zip; comfortable fit, very light; waterproof hand pocket.

Minus: Zippers on leg width adjusters pinch the upper material; Cover strip with Velcro on the front zipper difficult to use.

Conclusion: the FLM Stormchaser is an all-round success: uncomplicated, confident on motorway stretches, rainproof and with an excellent fit. Very good: the interior climate in the jacket. Great part!

MOTORRAD verdict: very good

Germas Douglas


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Germas Douglas.

Providers: Germas, phone 09 11/63 50 08, www.germas.de; Prices: Jacket / pants 34.95 / 22.95 euros; Sizes: XS to 3XL; To dye: Black yellow; Materials: Polyester, PVC; Weight (size L): 1310 g

Plus: Two large, easily accessible outer pockets with zippers, neatly positioned inner pocket with large storage space made of sturdy fabric; very acceptable moisture protection; fluffy, warm fleece trim on the collar.

Minus: Bulky cut, moderate fit; jacket has a very strong tendency to flutter even at moderate country road speeds, trousers flutter uncomfortably at higher speeds; Labyrinth Velcro fastener on the front of the jacket is difficult to use; Suit bulky for transport, heavy weight; Sleeve ends with weak elastic cuffs, airflow penetrates; cheap zippers, moderate workmanship; nasty sweating indoor climate.

Conclusion: The cheapest combination in the test offers proper rain protection. Great. But that’s it, because the comfort of the Germas Douglas is only very mediocre when stationary and moving.

MOTORRAD verdict: satisfying

Germot Oslo / Dublin


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Germot Oslo / Dublin.

Providers: Germot, phone 0 61 03/45 91 00, www.germot.de; Prices: Jacket / trousers 49.90 / 29.90 euros; Sizes: S to 4XL (trousers from XS); To dye: Jacket black / yellow, trousers black; material: polyester; Weight (size L): 1300 g

Plus: Very little tendency to flutter, only annoying from 160 km / h; wide, very functional Velcro straps at the cuffs, close tightly; good waist adjustment; wide, very handy front zip; comfortable collar finish; Getting in and out of jacket and trousers is very easy; very good rain protection; four large, easily accessible and waterproof outer pockets.

Minus: Fit somewhat unbalanced, sleeves too short, jacket pinches in isolated places; only thin reflective strips; Velcro fasteners get caught in the mesh lining and permanently damage it; Velcro straps on legs that are too small; very sweaty indoor climate; high weight.

Conclusion: The Germot combination Oslo / Dublin offers good value for its price. The cut: old school.
The inside is rather humid, but the rain protection is great.

MOTORRAD verdict: Good

Hein Gericke Blizzard


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Hein Gericke Blizzard.

Providers: Hein Gericke, phone 02 11/9 89 88 88, www.hein-gericke.de; Prices: Jacket / pants from 39.95 / 29.95 euros; Sizes: XS to XXXL; To dye: Jacket black, black / yellow, trousers black; Materials: Polyester, polyurethane; Weight (size L): 870 g

Plus: Good collar fit with firm Velcro fastener; two transport bags; thin but clearly visible reflective stripes; Overall comfortable fit with balanced proportions; Sleeves also suitable for long arms; light weight; large front pocket on trousers, large Napoleon pocket; integrated hood.

Minus: Upper material flutters heavily, the jacket puffs up uncomfortably at high speed; in summer temperatures sweaty indoor climate like in a plastic bag; Outside pockets with side access are insufficiently secured with a small Velcro strip; cheap-looking zippers, carelessly processed; Collar and outside pockets leaky in wet test.

Conclusion: Hein Gerickes Blizzard cannot exactly trigger a storm of enthusiasm, because during wet and driving tests
major weaknesses were revealed. Even the low price is of little help here.

MOTORRAD verdict: satisfying

Hero Wet Tour


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Hero Wet Tour.

Providers: Held, phone 0 83 21/6 64 60, www.held.de; Prices: Jacket / pants 89.95 / 59.95 euros; Sizes: XS to 4XL; To dye: Jacket yellow, gray, orange, trousers black; Materials: Polyester, polyurethane; Weight (size L): 770 g

Plus: Large, easily accessible outer pockets with neatly sealed zippers, handy, waterproof front zipper; Passed the wetness test without any problems; pleasantly air-conditioned even when the outside temperature is 20 degrees; body-hugging fit, neat overlap; up to 150 km / h hardly any tendency to flutter; easy entry, easy handling; successful cuffs with Velcro and elastic, gloves can be easily accommodated; flat reflectors; light weight; practical, well-ventilated packing bag.

Minus: Trouser leg slips up slightly in driving position; Waistband adjustment on the jacket with elastic bands on the side is a bit fiddly, difficult to adjust with gloves.

Conclusion: the hero Wet Tour wins the test. Well deserved, because for (a lot) of money there is a top fit, great air conditioning, good quality and great handling. And the best protection from rain.

MOTORRAD verdict: very good (MOTORRAD test winner)

IXS Waterford / Dropy II


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IXS Waterford / Dropy II.

Providers: Ixs, phone 0 76 31/1 80 40,www.ixs.de; Prices: Jacket / pants 69.95 / 29.95 euros; Sizes: Jacket XS to 3XL; Pants 2XS to 6XL; To dye: Jacket black / white, trousers black; Materials: Polyamide, polyester, polyurethane; Weight (size L): 960 g

Plus: Neatly finished and properly equipped, jacket with climate membrane; two large outer pockets secured by zippers with easy access; Velcro on the collar closes tightly; Air conditioning of jacket good; Transport bags for trousers; Hood practical for tours away from the motorcycle; comfortable fit; relatively light weight.

minus: The collar is a bit sloppy; Front zipper strip jams easily; Outside pockets leaky in wetness test, water ingress in jacket in wetness test, overall too little rain-protected storage space for important utensils; Jacket with a strong tendency to flutter, annoying from 100 km / h, over 130 km / h hardly acceptable; no reflectors:

Conclusion: Mistakes in the wetness test and reduced driving comfort on fast stages due to the fluttering jacket – the cleanly crafted Ixs two-piece Waterford / Dropy II is a bit limp.

MOTORRAD verdict: satisfying

Modeka Xeric Evo


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Modeka Xeric Evo.

Providers: Beckumer leather clothing factory, phone 0 25 21/8 50 30, www.modeka.de; PriceE: jacket / pants 44.90 / 32.90 euros; Sizes: S to 4XL; COLORS: Black / Yellow; Materials: Polyester, PVC; Weight (size L): 1550 g

Plus: Little tendency to flutter, only annoying on the upper arms from 150 km / h, trousers fit perfectly; very well functioning waist adjustment with wide Velcro strap; Neon color very noticeable, generous use of reflectors, overall very good visibility; large inside pocket made of abrasion-resistant fabric; The breast pocket can be converted into a carrying bag with a waist belt.

Minus: In the wetness test with major weaknesses (strong water penetration at the waistband, pockets not waterproof); Elastic on the waistband is too weak; very hooked zippers on leg width adjustments; very heavy weight; bad collar fit; Sleeves too short; Lining easily catches on boots; uncomfortably sweaty indoor climate.

Conclusion: Good workmanship, decent equipment, practical features – so far good. However, it has to Modeka When it comes to moisture protection and air conditioning, the Xeric EVO has to give way.

MOTORRAD verdict: satisfying

Proof Type III / Aqua Zip II


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Proof Type III / Aqua Zip II.

Providers: Louis, phone 0 40/73 41 93 60, www.louis.de; Prices: Jacket / pants from 29.95 / from 39.95 euros; Sizes: XS to 5XL; To dye: Jacket black / red, trousers black; Materials: Polyamide, polyester, PVC; Weight (for size L): 1460 g

Plus: Top proportions, leg and sleeve lengths well measured, very close-fitting cut, but still comfortable; almost no fluttering, only clearly noticeable from 180 km / h; absolutely waterproof in the wet test; practical and weatherproof Napoleon pocket; great collar fit, fits tightly, closes well; long zips from the waistband to the bottom of the legs make it easier to get in; Arm width adjustment with Velcro on upper arms; Anti-slip material on the seat.

Minus: The Velcro cover strip on the side of the trouser legs is very difficult to open; no outside pockets, little storage space for utensils, inside pocket somewhat difficult to access; only small reflectors; Air conditioning rather moderate.

Conclusion: With the combination of Proof Type III and Aqua Zip II, Louis offers a reliable rain suit for a reasonable price, which is also suitable for fast motorway stretches. Great, best buy!

MOTORRAD verdict: good (MOTORCYCLE purchase tip)

Road Rain-Lite


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Road Rain-Lite.

Providers: Polo motorcycle and sportswear, phone 0 21 65/8 44 03 00, www.polo-motorrad.de; Prices: Jacket / pants from 44.95 / 29.99 euros; Sizes: S to 5XL; To dye: Black / gray, black / gray / yellow; Material: Polyester; Weight (size L):
1060 g

Plus: Comfortable entry and exit; integrated hood can be easily stowed away; firm elastic cuffs at the cuffs close properly; Anti-slip material on the buttocks; highly visible reflectors; good arm and leg lengths, also fits with disproportionately long extremities; good size selection; good rain protection.

Minus: Fit rather baggy and hardly close to the body, pants very wrinkled; Waist adjustment only with a rather slack elastic band; strong tendency to flutter even at high speed; extremely uncomfortable sweating climate; easier in the wet test
Water ingress on the collar.

Conclusion: Solidly made, protects properly even in the rain, and the price for Polos Road Rain-Lite is fair. However, the fit and comfort leave a lot to be desired, and it flutters nastily at high speeds.

MOTORRAD verdict: satisfying

This is how MOTORRAD tests


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Full steam ahead? No, but during the wet test the combos are exposed to steam jet rain.

Stormy and wet and cold

Interns at MOTORRAD sometimes have a tough lot. In any case, Patrick (19) had to serve as a living dummy (see picture). Heavy thunderstorms, spray and splash water were simulated with a steam jet – as is usual with real highway driving in the rain. The twelve rain suit two-piece suits each had to withstand artificial irrigation for a few minutes. It was checked for leaks, weak points (such as a lack of overlap) and moisture protection in any outer pockets.

However, there were also problems with moisture when trying on various testers (fit) and during the driving tests (wearing comfort): If the suit is more passive and breathable, the sweat is literally in the bag. In everyday use, poor air conditioning means a high risk of cooling down for the driver, i.e. points are deducted.

Also critical with the over-pullers: a tendency to flutter, which was experienced on the motorway up to a speed of 180. The cut and adjustment options were evaluated. In addition: How can the two-piece suit be slipped on (for driver equipment: leather jacket, biker jeans, both with protectors, touring boots), how can it be stowed away, how accessible are existing pockets? An uncomplicated handling yielded important points for the overall rating in this test.

Final scoring

  Moisture protection    Fit / comfort     handling  Processing / equipment    total    MOTORRAD verdict * price in euro
maximum number of points 40 30th 20th 10 100
Hero Wet Tour 40 27 17th 10 94 very good 149.90
FLM Stormchaser 40 25th 15th 8th 88 very good 114.90
Difi Terra East 38 26th 13 9 86 very good 124.90
Proof Type III / Aqua Zip II 40 24 12th 8th 84 Good from 69.90
Alpinestars Quick Seal Out 32 23 15th 9 79 Good 99.95
Germot Oslo / Dublin 40 13 13th 7th 73 Good 79.80
Road Rain-Lite 36 14th 11 7th 68 satisfying from 74.94
Ixs Waterford / Dropy II 26th 18th 14th 8th 66 satisfying 99.90
Modeka Xeric EVO 26 19th 12th 8th 65 satisfying 77.80
Hein Gericke Blizzard 29 16 12th 6th 63 satisfying from 69.90
Germas Douglas 37 10 9 5 61 satisfying 57.90
Buse 4016/4014 28 9 10 5 52 sufficient       59.90

* 100 to 85 points = very good; 84 to 70 points = good; 69 to 55 points = satisfactory; 54 to 40 points = sufficient;
39 to 0 points = unsatisfactory

Conclusion: On the one hand, modern, slim-fitting (and mostly more expensive) station wagons with a membrane, on the other hand, sweat bags that are partly sack-like. As long as these provide adequate protection from rain in an emergency, you can confidently access and save money. But the test also shows that better wearing comfort and easier handling should be worth a few euros more.

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