Waterproof trousers advice

Discussion in 'Clothing & Footwear' started by FOX160, Feb 1, 2020.

  1. gixer

    gixer Thru Hiker

  2. Jim_Parkin

    Jim_Parkin Trail Blazer

    I have a modification.

    You could sort of hitch up the middle bit of the poncho between your legs to improve your ability to move and probably its protection from the rain.

    Maybe even sew it all along the legs :bag:
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  3. Jim_Parkin

    Jim_Parkin Trail Blazer

    Actually I have another secondhand vote for paclites. My eldest daughter likes them. I often still use paramo in the winter or when it's cool. And marmot precip for other times, which are OK.
  4. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Did you just say "Paramo"! :D;)
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  5. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    I've some Norrona Dri1 pants on their way, and the wife has some Norrona Paclite pants... It's going to be interesting to see the difference in use as they are similar weight.
  6. Stuart

    Stuart Ultralighter

    Nobody mentioned rain kilts yet.

    I'm toying with the 3F UL one but also with making one.

    I suspect the cost of buying fabric would be as much as just buying one unless someone's got some spare stuff lying about ….

    I commute on my bike so something like Paclites sound like they are perhaps a better option than a kilt to use for both riding and walking.
  7. Jim_Parkin

    Jim_Parkin Trail Blazer

    Yup... the cut might be more suitable for a pregnant panda with short arms, but if I'm out for a day and it's cool/cold with a chance of rain/sleet/wet snow it can be pretty comfortable for me. And I can even do star jumps whilst wearing it as in my profile picture.

    Admittedly, it was about 25 years after buying the trousers that I worked out that a cheap pair of braces (from Next) improved them, but hey, I never pretend to be a fast learner.
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  8. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Never leave fir the hills without mine lol... I use it as a wind kilt too IMG_20200105_142454.jpg
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  9. dovidola

    dovidola Thru Hiker

    Well it seems to boil down to two favourites - Berghaus Paclites and 3F UL Rain Kilt.
    I have both. Tried the kilt once, used the Paclites thereafter.
    Anyone want to buy my kilt?
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  10. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Wife might be interested in the kilt... Link please?
  11. Dave V

    Dave V Moderator Staff Member

    My Paclites are pretty old now but have lasted very well. Frayed at the ankles and one of the zips is a little ratty. TBH though I don't tend to use them now.

    I have a pair of the new minimum and so far have found them pretty good. The zips need to be longer and they are not as waterproof but the gear I wear in summer drys pretty fast and I started wearing shorts more in summer last year so I don't often put them on. In winter I simply use Paramo.

    Ref the 3F skirt. I had one and have recently given it away. Good bit of kit but I found that if the wind changed rain would be blown up or though the opening.

    All that being said, if I could only have one, Paclites :p
  12. Ian Barton

    Ian Barton Summit Camper

    I use my Paclites on the bike. Easy to put on and breathable. For walking use, my only reservation would be they probably wouldn't survive if you used them while scrambling/climbing.
  13. dovidola

    dovidola Thru Hiker

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  14. dovidola

    dovidola Thru Hiker

    True enough. But then surely that's going to be all most people will use them for most of the time.

    If you're 'proper' rock climbing you probably shun such flappy and restrictive appurtenances in favour of those multicoloured athletic stretchy pants, and you're unlikely to be scrambling in conditions so wet that you'd need to be wearing them. If caught out on rocks in unforeseen conditions they'll hold together long enough to get you back to a shop for replacements.

    'Creative types' who use them for things like sliding down stony slopes on their backside can hardly be surprised when they shred (yes, seen it).
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  15. JKM

    JKM Thru Hiker

    Oi, I had to stop and feed our dog. You should appreciate that after all the moral support it gave you.
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  16. Stuart

    Stuart Ultralighter

  17. Rog Tallbloke

    Rog Tallbloke Thru Hiker

    Bin bags make good rain kilts.
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  18. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker


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  19. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    That's what I used when @paul 1st put me onto the notion... I even put little v cuts in the sides and reinforced them.
    I've still got a clear one I made from a treadlite pack liner :D
  20. craige

    craige Thru Hiker

    Ever the contrarian, I had Berghaus paclites and they leaked after a year or so of use. Maybe 50 days. I'd ripped a big hole in the backside falling down Sgurr nan Coireachan but repaired them and the repair was decent but they never recovered from the horrendous rain that day and leaked from then on. The estate manager reckoned the entire months worth of rain had fallen over 24 hours.

    I always just wear a myog skirt now.

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