In this guide, we've included everything from simple PVC and ripstop nylon to hard-core vented gear, but we made sure our choices were considerably more protective and packable than your standard-issue garbage bag. In the course of compiling the guide, we were encouraged to see user-friendly features now appearing on many suits. Items like heat-resistant leg panels, reflective materials and stowable hoods can make what was previously strictly utilitarian garb pretty comfortable and durable, too. Other neat details include venting, non-skid butt patches and two-way zippers. However, since we believe a rainsuit's other function should be to increase rider visibility to other drivers, we were dismayed to notice another trend: Most of the suits we encountered were primarily black or dark colored. We're still scratching our heads over this one, because if there's one accessory that should be light years away from being a fashion statement, it's a rainsuit.