Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Los Angeles
Bike: 05 R6 Track, 09 R1, Strom
Re: Commuter back pack & cold/rain gear HELP
Aerostich makes top of the line rain/touring suits. I got one their suits and took it around the country, 10k miles in about a month. Saw snow, hail, sleet in the Rockies. A thunderstorm or two on the east coast. Stayed bone dry through all of it. They're pricey though. They're built to go over your clothes, and they go on and off really fast. They keep you pretty damn warm, but if it's dry and you need to cool off, they have a ton of vents that make a big difference. They supposedly crash pretty damn well for being textile as well - and you could easily wear it over a well fit leather jacket if you want the extra protection.
I have a Kreiga R30 backpack for commuting. Also very thoroughly waterproof, but also pretty damn pricey. (This one was at least a gift.)