Strange - this was asked here in OZ on another list - this is what I said...
The way I see it; you can go for ..
1) water proof .. so you don't need to put anything extra on when it rains
2) non water proof - cheaper .. but you'll need to put on a water/air
restrictive layer for rain/cold conditions.
You can subdivide no 1 into a)non breathable and b) breathable. And you can
subdivide no 2 into a) cool 'lots of air flow' and errr b) 'cheap'?
I'm thinking of going with no 2a. for Africa. More versatile and will be
cooler than any no 1.
The bmw stuff tends to be No1b (and expensive). The dririder tourcross is
No2a (and from memory comes with a 'waterproof breathable removable liner).
The Powells seamed happy with there tourcross gear at Gasgoyn Junction. 'A'
had the pants and Fread had the jacket.
This is the (No2a) jacket and pants I'm thinking of getting .. fairly cheap.
Supposed to be about the same quality as bmw stuff at 1/3rd the price. Will
have to get the waterproofs sepeartely - meaning I gan get stuff that can go
over the top, thus keeping everthing dry, or squeeze it underneath if I
think I need to protect the waterproof gear from a fall (leaving the pockets
and outerlayer to get wet).
But they only do UK purchases..
So purchase from the farther land..
That may not work - you may have to navigate your way from the home page
They have a 70euro lower limit and the jacket is 50 euro so I'll be buying
the jacket and pants. They do have more expensive stuff too.. mixed textile
and leather, water proof.. I'll be using knee guards under the pants ..
usually stuff my knees when trail riding .. well in the past anyways.