Comparing an Aerostich Roadcrafter to the Teiz Motorsports Power Shell is like comparing a really old car to the latest model. Sure the old car is well made but it is dated in every way. The new model has the latest safety features that will save your life, is much more comfortable and it sure does look a lot better.
Just to be clear this post is not meant to be a thrashing of any product. It is just an opinion on dealing with wet conditions that I have formed based on my own travel experiences (riding through multiple 8 hour+ storms). It is also an explanation for why we don’t have a waterproof liner as standard on the new Power Shell and Navigator suits.
For the most part, there are three common implementations of waterproofing:
- A removable waterproof liner that zips inside the jacket
- A built-in non removable liner (usually sandwiched between the outer shell and inner mesh lining)
- A waterproof membrane fused to the protective shell fabric
All three implementations are inherently flawed.