Hey Everyone. So I'm riding my first fall / winter around town and have gotten caught in the rain enough to warrant buying some gear... But I'm on a student budget and want to get the most for my money. I'm thinking rain coat and pants for starters. I have a mud flap. Any brand, store, or website recommendations?
Look for nylon pants, polyester wears too quickly. Try these: http://www.campmor.com/outdoor/gear/Product___77701
Froggtogs are light and not expensive, but tear easily.
I found great a Columbia raincoat at Burlington Coat factory in the loop.(I had one for over twenty years till the seams finally separated).
Try the landsend outlet also, they have some great raincoats, I have not been able to find rainpants there.
Try cabela also.
O2 rain pants/jackets can be had for under $20 apiece - have saved me in the spring/fall before, keep them rolled up at the bottom of a pannier. Not stylish, but better dry and bright yellow than soaking wet...
You can also keep an eye on chainlove.com or steepandcheap.com for occasionally very good deals-of-the-minute on bike/winter wear. And geartrade.com seems to be where backcountry.com sells all of their returns for pretty big discounts on new prices.