Don't get me wrong, the RallyPro was NICE! So was the Commuter…
The cons for the suit(s) for me was:
- A bit more bulky then the Commuter or the StreetGuard.
- The waterproof liner vs. the waterproof shell
- Too many "bling" BMW graphics (I prefer to ride "under the radar")
I felt the same about the Commuter suit (although it had less “bling” graphics).
In the end, the online reviews that I have read and also the opinion of the sales person (Jennifer at South Sound BMW near Tacoma Washington) assisted me to make up my mind.
Jennifer is very knowledgeable and also very patient. I tried on all of them (with the boots), took out the liners, tried them with the liners, ect. She helped point out the different fabrics and why BMW designed the suits the way they did. She also rides a R1150 R (Rockster). Pretty cool IMO. She knows her Sh*t. Plus the customer service was outstanding.
I just think the plain black (with some silver accents for the reflectors), the fact that I should be able to remove the liners and wear my business casual wear underneath the (designed for) waterproof shell really led me to pick that one. Although, the pants were really not designed as “over pants” for your normal britches (they are designed as riding trousers), I got a slightly larger size to accommodate my daily wear. IMO, the Kevlar weave and the additional armor is also a ++. Price isn't an option when it comes to my protection (so says my wife).
I believe that the Commuter and the RallyPro suits were on average $400 - $600 cheaper.
Jennifer also mentioned that the Commuter and the RallyPro suit shells were somewhat waterproof and you could make them more waterproof by using an "after market" waterproof solution. But in my experience with those products, they don't last too long and you have to continuously reapply it.
On the way home I wore the StreetGuard (without the liner in the jacket and with the liner in the pants) on an 86 degree day here in Washington and I was still pretty cool through high and low speeds. I thought it would be pretty hot but like Erik mentioned, the new materials really help the air penetrate (without feeling intrusive). I also felt that the suit provided the vents in just the right spots. I am very happy with my decision. Also the armor was very easy to adjust in the suit using Velcro.
Hope this helps!