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A friend of mine does outside catering and often asks me to give him a hand as I am a fully qualified Chef. Some of the venues we have catered for include local gigs and concerts and even the odd local festival or two which is all good money but when it is raining, you can get a bit soaked as often you cannot park close to where you are set up and have to transport equipment across site.
Finally tired of walking around soaking wet and equally tired of carrying around spare, dry clothes, I decided to invest in some waterproof trousers and after searching around, found these to be among the best available anywhere on-line. Though not cheap (prices vrange from £33 upwards) they had got very good reviews and so sounded like the sort of thing I needed!
And with some of the heavy rains we have had recently this summer, all I can say is that these were a good investment because they have been a godsend just walking my daughter to school in the downpour if nothing else!
With an elasticated waist, venting and three quarter length zips ~ designed so that you don't get too hot when you wear these over conventional trousers and to give you temperature control so that if you do get hot you can let in some air~ these trousers are lightweight, easy to get on and not just entirely waterproof but also water repellant due to the way they have been treated and much better than any similar over-trouser that I have ever had before. One of the things that always put me off these sort of trousers previously was that when I wore them in the past, I would end up still with wet ankles on my trousers or used to perspire greatly so that I ended up getting over-heated on my legs. These are made of 100 % nylon with an added polyurethane coating and the zippers are made of metal meaning that they are strong enough to take a bit of abuse without being likely to snap off or snag and trust me, wearing these, there is skim to no chance of you geting wet any time soon!
These however are near-perfect and definitely worth the money invested in them. Not only that but they feel like they have been well made and built to last and it certainly looks as though, in this case at least, spending a few extra pennies has resulted in a much better quality product!
Definitely if this is something you are looking at buying, I can well recommend these!
No more wet, wet, wet now it is just dry, dry, dry all the way......
With the absolutely horrible summer we are having a pair of over trousers are a real must for anybody who is considering on doing some walking or hiking at the minute. I only recently bought some as I had not originally planned on getting some until winter but due to the constant rain I decided it would be prudent to invest in a pair a little earlier than originally planned.
I bought myself a pair of Berghaus Deluge trousers because as far as I am concerned Berghaus is the crème de la crème of outdoor walking clothing.
I got them from an outdoor clothing store and they cost me £40 which I consider money well spent. A bit of rain doesn't bother me in the least but there is nothing worse than getting soaking wet and having to walk about in wet clothes for hours on end.
The trousers are basically a pair of waterproof trousers that you put over your regular trousers to keep them dry and out of the rain. They are made from a really lightweight fabric which does an excellent job of repelling water and keeping my trousers or shorts really dry underneath them. The fabric is so waterproof that when they are on not a drop of water gets through them.
Although they keep my trousers dry and stop any water from getting through they also allow my trousers to breathe and allow air to circulate stopping me from getting sweaty and too hto which was a concern for me originally when buying them.
I'm sure that the science behind these trousers is very impressive but for me it is all about how practical they are and for that they score 10 out of 10. They are a fantastic fit and go over my trousers with ease but when they are on they aren't too big and baggy and don't look like clown trousers.
They have zips down the sides and an elasticated waist which makes them quick and easy to fit on and I can have them out of my pack and over my trousers in a matter of seconds which when the rain comes on suddenly is important to ensure that I get as little rain on me as possible.
They are also incredibly light and because they can be rolled up so small they take up minimal room in my pack meaning that I would be hard pressed to notice they were there and it doesn't feel like too much of an inconvenience to take them on and off several times if I so wished.
They can just be washed in the washing machine so are easy to look after and keep them in good condition.
For anyone considering taking up walking these are a must especially with our unpredictable weather. You can easily wear these in the morning when it is pouring with rain and whip them off in the afternoon to get some sun on your legs when the sun comes out to play.
They are very high tech but that doesn't matter to me all I am concerned with is that they actually work and do what they are supposed to do quickly and easily.
My husband and I enjoy walking and if we were to let the typical UK weather prevent us, we would never get outside. My husband already had a pair waterproof overtrousers but I didn't, and it meant if we did get caught in a heavy shower, I had no way of keeping my clothes dry, whilst my husband was always lovely and dry. So about a year or so ago, when Millets were having a huge sale, I picked up a pair of these Berghaus Women's Deluge Overtrousers, which usually cost around the £50 mark, but I got at half price.
These overtrousers are available in black and in a good range of sizes starting from size 8 to 20. I would say that they are generally quite generous in sizing. I picked a size 10, and I was even able to wear these overtrousers up until I was about 6 months pregnant, and so with the stretchy waistband there is room.
Berghaus claim that these overtrousers will keep you dry and comfortable in wet weather conditions, and I have to say that having had these trousers for over a year now, I have had plenty of experience of wearing these in the pouring rain, and they do exactly as they claim - my clothes underneath are perfectly dry and I am kept warm and comfortable and certainly not soaked through. I would also say that they also help cut out some of the wind that can often hit you when you are walking, particularly near the coast.
Getting these overtrousers on is very easy. They come with 3/4 length zips meaning you can pull them on over shoes/boots easily without having to take anything off. THis is a great plus, as if you are walking and get caught in a heavy shower, you certainly don't want to be taking off your footwear to get these trousers on. I have managed to get these on over my walking boots in the middle of a shower without any problem. There is also upper leg ventilation that is meant to keep you dry and cool as well and stop you overheating - I find that they keep me quite warm, not too hot, but just comfortable.
As well as protecting from wet weather, Berghaus suggest that these trousers can also be worn as part of a base layer for colder winter weather. I haven't tried these trousers out for this purpose.
I have had so much use out of these trousers since I bought them. I use them for walking in the hills and even when I am out walking into town with the buggy and it means that the UK typical rain does not prevent me for going anywhere, I just get on the necessary gear like these trousers and head out. I find these trousers comfortable to wear over my trousers, even jeans and they certainly keep my completely dry and comfortable, and help cut out the wind on blustery days. The fact that I can put these trousers on over my boots and shoes is also a big advantage when out and about. Even though I didn't purchase these trousers at full price, having had them a while now I think they are worth every penny!
I have most outdoor gear but realised on one climb that a poncho gets in the way and is not great at keeping the rain out when you are needing to use your arms and lift the poncho. Rain inevitably gets in down the sides, neither foolishly did I have any waterproof trousers, just a pair of solar dry craghoppers, which as good as they are are great for climbs on sunny days, slight shower and the sun comes back out and you get warm, however if your start a summit climb at midnight as I do then you wont see any sun for around 6 hrs which is a long time to wait to get dry if it starts snowing/ raingin which it did 18000 ft up kilamanjaro !
when looking at products, the name and the quality that entails are important to me. Berghaus have over 40 yrs experience in making and testing outdoors notably climbing gear. These Deluge over trousers are their cheapest over trousers. You should be able to pick them up from about £29 - £40 . As they are Berghaus you know you are going to get the quality you pay for. They are plain black in color, I dont know if you can buy other colours, I have never seen any. They look like as they sound...baggy so don't use them as fashion wear, they serve a function to keep you dry.
They have a long leg zip to allow for easy removal and clothing, this is a must as if youve ever had to pull over a overall over something like jeans then you will know how hard it is, the bottom cuffs often get caught and the ride up, not to mention it feels uncomfortable. These zips mean you can put them on over great big climbing boots, another must they are double layered, waterproof resiliant surface on the outsie and warmer netting on the inside to stop friction, they also have as well as a zip, press studs to hold them in place. If you have to put them in say april showers, suddenly you will find yoursefl in bright sunshine after the shower with great big trouser on getting very hot, the zip acts a quick cooler here, you can unzip them slightly but keep the trousers on if you think the heavens will open back up, or take them off quickly if you are over heating. They have an elasticated waistband and drawstring cord give you the flexibility you need and maintain maneuverability
The one problem, if I am being picky is that they lack any pockets. Most combats or wlaking trousers like craghoppers have up to 7 for storage of all the bits and bobs you need on a climb or outdor pursuit but these have none. This help maintain the robustness of te trousers not getting wet as thre are no join points, but Id rather have them as this is a slight risk. The outer material is made from aquafoil and the lining is polymide giving a comfortable feel.
The are very light at 360 g and they can be packed tightly, although you get no bag, as I had gotten one with a regatta over jacket I bough that was llot cheaper, so this is dissapointing also. Berghaus have developed a very breathable fabric in Aquafoil®.It acts as a shell layer should, repelling the water on the outside, and allows perspiration from the inside to escape.
I bought mine in medium , on the net from winwoods, a great little supplier and I was worried hat they would be too small, but these are a good fit.
They are machine washable and easy to scrape clean if water is a little in short supply
I do have a few pairs of waterproof over trousers and the Berghaus Deluge over trousers are one of my favourite pairs. They are easily found online for well under £40 and as they are from Berghaus you know you are going to get the quality you pay for. The Deluge over trousers I bought are plain black but they may do other colours. I don't use them as fashion wear, they are there to serve a purpose - keeping me dry! When I am out walking it is always useful to have waterproofs just in case and I wear these during wet conditions or take them with me if the weather isn't too harsh - just in case!
These over trousers have a long leg zip to allow for easy removal and application, this also gives you the option to open them up around the ankles a bit depending on your footwear. These zips also come with a double storm flap to maintain their waterproof properties and with press studs to hold these in place. These zips also give you the ability to unzip them from the top side, allowing you to create some airflow to your lower body without removing the over trousers completely. I think this is a nice touch, and for the price they need to be that little bit special to outperform the many budget over trousers available.
The over trousers are also lined, giving a comfortable feel and an elasticated waistband and drawstring cord give you the comfort and maneuverability one would expect for this price. The one drawback for me with these over trousers is that they lack any pockets. It is always nice to have maybe 4 pockets (2 sides and 2 on the knees) but these have none, which is a bit of a price to pay really for the quality you are getting. The outer material is made from aquafoil and the lining is polymide giving a quality and snug feel against the skin.
I were obviously a little disappointed with the lack of pockets as these do come in handy, especially when walking. I would find it hard to give these over trousers the full 5 stars, so I think 4 out of 5 is more appropriate.
With the amount of walking that my family does out with the dogs, I decided to buy everyone in the family a pair of these Berghaus waterproof over trousers. We do have a few Berghaus products already, and have readily experienced the quality and performance of their outdoor clothing ranges - see my separate Dooyoo reviews for their Cornice IA Jacket, Activity IA Fleece, Neck Gaiter and Spectrum Gloves. Having had excellent service from all of these items, it sort of made sense to stick with the brand for proven reliability.
So what do we get that makes these Berghaus Deluge Over Trousers so special? Well, where do you start? The fabric is Berghaus's own AQ (or AquaFoil) fabric which is basically very similar (if not the same) in performance as the more widely known Gortex fabric. It is waterproof and durable, and yet offers breathability in that it will stop you overheating and keep you dry, even when out in a torrential downpour (I've tested this fact thoroughly numerous times with these trousers!!).
It may seem like a miracle that these trousers will keep you dry and yet still remain breathable, but it is all to do with the design of the fabric. In simple terms, the fabric itself is like a very fine mesh with microscopic holes in it. Water (as in rain) will have a certain molecular size when it hits the fabric, and that molecular size is larger than the microscopic holes in the fabric. Hence the water cannot pass through to you and thus, you stay dry. Conversely, when we sweat (as in walking about and working), the moisture emitted from your skin comes out in the form of water vapour, whose molecules are very small - smaller than the size of the microscopic holes in the fabric. Hence, the water vapour (as in sweat) will pass through the fabric to the outside, keeping you cool and maintaining the breathability of the fabric. With these design factors, this fabric (and hence these trousers) really come into their own when you are out in the really adverse weather conditions.
Looking at the size range, Berghaus has just about catered for every possible human configuration, going from a Small right through to an XXX-Large, and in with those sizes you also have a variety of leg lengths from Short through to Long. Price wise, depending on the size, the range is between £28 up to £48. The trousers themselves are also very lightweight. My particular ones in the X-Large size are 420g, and my wife's come in at around 360g, with the kids coming in slightly less again. So they are very easy to carry and additionally are very compact when you scrunch them up to put into your pocket or your rucksack.
Now let's look at the trousers in more detail. At the top, they have an elasticated waist with an additional elasticated drawstring and toggle lock. The seams throughout the trousers are all welded and sealed, and there is no zipper or button access to do up around the top. The top part of the trousers has a single outer skin and a mesh inner skin around your bum and front to allow the air to flow around inside, thus aiding the cooling and breathability effect when wearing the trousers. Of note, there are no pockets on these trousers.
Coming down each leg there is a double skinned fabric which is comfortable and easy to wear. In fact there are times when we just wear these as trousers when we are out rather than wearing them over trousers, and they have been perfectly fine and comfortable, and even in the middle of winter in the snow, they have managed to keep our legs very warm and dry.
The really good design feature of the trousers is the ¾ side zip on the outside of each leg. The zip itself is a very robust black zip with 2 fasteners in each. Hence, you can either fully zip them up to close them by running one of the zips from top to the bottom, or undo the top zip downwards to provide venting. Another bonus with these zips is that it is very easy to get the trousers on and off without the need to remove your boots, which is a great asset when you are out and about in the hills and don't need to sit down to try and pull your trousers over your boots to get them off.
Protecting the zip you have a double flap, which in turn has a series of black plastic press studs along their length from the top to the very bottom. So you have a variety of options for venting, where you can keep the zips fully done up, or undo the zip right to the bottom, but keep the press studs fastened on the flap, and any combination in between. The bottom of each leg is a close fit around you boot and is not elasticated, which means they will hang just nice without strangling your ankles in return. A nice finishing touch is that the outside of the right knee also has the embodied Berghaus logo.
For maintenance, we have just machine washed them with no problems. They still maintain their waterproofness and durability, and are still very comfortable to wear.
I would normally try and balance a review by detailing any negative points with these trousers. But to be honest, there are no negative points. We have 4 pairs of these trousers, and hence they have had various degrees of use in differing situations by different people, from just walking around the hills to crawling around in the snow and wet grass, and not once have we experienced any issues. The zips all still function correctly, there are no rips and tears and all the fasteners are still intact.
In summary, I've had a few pairs of waterproof trousers over the years, but these Berghaus ones are without doubt the most comfortable and fully functional waterproof trousers that I have ever owned. They have been thoughtfully designed and are very durable and give you complete confidence in that they will keep you dry in the most torrential downpour, and yet still keep you warm and comfortable.
I just can't highly recommend them enough.
I bought these from Go Outdoors at a reduced price of £19.99, however even if I had paid the full price these trousers would have been worth it.
I used these for a winter walking course in Scotland, in February last year when there had been severe snowstorms, and for a significant part of each day I was up to at least my thighs in snow! I never once got my undertrousers wet or damp, even though I was near constantly in contact with the snow. They also helped to keep me warm and were extremely flexible, so even when clambering over particularly challenging ground I never felt uncomfortable.
The real test of these trousers was during our ice axe arrests - we spent around 2 hours sliding down a snowslope to practice, during which I had significant snow ingress into my jacket, but still nothing got past this trousers.
During the weekend I also used some crampons, which I accidentally dragged across the trousers a couple of times yet they didnt rip (unlike my gloves unfortunately), so they're very durable - although I doubt they would stand up to severe crampon snagging!
I would recommend these to anyone doing some winter walking - I haven't yet tried them in pleasant weather but then I don't think waterproofs are necessary unless you expect significant rain/snow. Although these aren't the cheapest you can get, there are by no means the most expensive, and they are well worth the price - however if you keep an eye on go outdoors prices you will probably find them at a reduced price (if you have their discount card).
So you're thinking of doing Ten Tors or Duke of Edinbourgh or even your son/daughter is doing it and you don't want to spend a fortune, especially if they give up. These are good quality and relatively cheap in the world of waterproofs.
Being a Ten Tors leader, Scout leader and also a student I need to get a pair of decent trouser that aren't going to break the bank. There are Gore-Tex ones that cost anywhere from £100+ but that is just ridiculous especially for students and parents alike. I've taken these out several times on Ten Tors training expeditions and they have not failed me, even with their coating which is never as good as a membrane (such as Gore-Tex) and tends to rub off after a while. They are slightly muddy but still bead rain off no problem. They tend to be around £50 and with Ten Tors participants receiving 20% discount they work out to about £40 which isn't too bad, sure you could go into Millets and spend £10-£20 and get some rubbish (1-2 weekend) trousers but if your child or even you are going out every weekend these just won't cut it.
These trousers benefit from almost full-length zips and poppers help keep rain out, they do lack pockets but I only tend to keep a phone in mine anyway and anything else is kept in the side pockets of my rucksack or my jacket pocket. They are light and roll down very small to take up minimal space in your rucksack or even your coat pocket. They do have the disadvantage of the zips catching the internal mesh but then so do most £100 ones, it's just one of those things manufactures need to overcome.
Overall thought, given their price, durability, small pack-down size these really are ideal for any young participant as well as their parents. If you want to spend more it would be worth it to get Gore-Tex which will last ages and allow the wearer to 'breath' better reducing sweat.
I used to hate the rain. Simple as that. I would avoid getting wet at all costs, even if it meant running through it to get out of it. Doesn't make sense does it- surely, you getter wetter that way? If I was one, I'd have been a Peter Kay dinner lady. You know "It's spitting, get em in!" type of person.
Well, not any more. "Bring it on!" is my new catch phrase, since buying my Berghaus Deluge waterproof overtrousers.
I now hope that it rains so that I can laugh in the face of the torrent! And I deliberately choose places where it's going to rain - a lot! Borrowdale, the wettest place in Britain, is my favourite spot on the map at the moment. All because of my new trousers? Maybe!
Why do I love them so much, you might ask.
There are plenty reasons for this:
1. They are incredibly light and compact.
At 360 g they weigh less than some of my favourite baguette sandwiches and they squish down to about the same size, actually. So, they fit in my rucksack easily and I hardly notice the weight, if it actually remains dry -which is hardly ever these days anyway. Men's are 390g and are slightly bigger, obviously.
2. The fabric "does what it says on the tin."
The specially developed Aquafoil® fabric is waterproof and incredibly durable. Last year I wore them at the top of Catbells in January, Scafell Pike in May and High Spy in August, proving what fantastic all-year-rounders they are.
3. You're never a sweaty Betty in these.
Berghaus have developed a very clever breathable fabric in Aquafoil®. It's amazing. Put simply, it repels the water on the outside, and allows perspiration from the inside to escape. It's what's known as "hydrophilic moisture transport technology" if everything goes quiet in the snug.
4. Perfect fit.
Normally with overtrousers, the sizes are a bit dubious to say the least, but with good old Berghaus, I could choose from an 8 -18 and from two leg lengths, 29" and 31". Obviously I would have preferred an 8 but couldn't get them past my knees! So a 12 is perfect, in a 29" leg. These are a little shorter than I would normally wear trousers, but cleaning mud and manure from the bottom seams didn't appeal to me. Men's come in small, medium and large I believe( don't know if there's an extra large) and each one of those have three different leg lengths - 29", 31" and 33". My husband's are large - the trousers that is- with a 31" leg and they're perfect for his height. (6'3").
5. I'm hot stuff and they keep me cool.
The venting zips enable me to let off steam if I need to. Sometimes, in showery conditions when you don't know what to wear, it's easier to keep the trousers on and keep walking. I zip the vents down to cool me down and it works brilliantly.
6. Easy on, faster off.
The thing I love about these trousers is, because the zips cover 3/4 of your leg, you can fit them over your boots easily when you're gearing up for a walk and when you arrive back to the car, drenched, you can whip them off in seconds, not minutes.
7. No pockets.
I hate pockets in overtrousers, as they tend to increase the wear and tear on the trousers in the long run and also whatever you've got in the pocket annoys you to death. They also look sleeker that way, you're already on your second or third layer of trousers so don't want to look any more bulked up! So, good one, Berghaus.
8. No flapping flaps
Both legs have press studs on a protective strip that keep your legs dry when you're using the vents, and the zips themselves are protected.
9. Comfy waistband
An adjustable toggle on the right hand side helps to keeps them up and doesn't stick into you when you sit down for that well earned cheese and pickle sandwich at the top of the hill.
10. Easy to clean
As they are fully machine washable at 30 degrees, they are a doddle to keep in good condition. Remember don't bleach them, dry clean them or put them in a tumble dryer and if you really must iron them (why?) use a very cool one!
So those are the ten reasons I lurve my deluge overtrousers. I couldn't comtemplate a long day on the hills without them. I remember doing the Coast to Coast years ago and feeling absolutely miserable when 3 inches of rain fell - all on me - on the second day. I love walking in the rain now.
If I've got one niggle with these trousers it would have to be that as you zip and unzip them, they sometimes catch in the lining fabric, making them snag. I have to be very careful not to let this happen, because as I tugged at the right hand zip, the fabric 'puller' pulled off, with a small piece of metal attached. So now I have to manoeuvre a small stub of a zip on that leg. Annoying, but still functional.
I bought my trousers from Go Outdoors in Wakefield for £29.00. I have a discount card for this store, too, so got 10% knocked off the price. The RRP is about £40 I believe, but you can definitely do better than that on the Internet. I wouldn't have bought them without trying them on first. You have to know where they will 'sit' on your boots so as not to damage the bottom seam.
If you can't stand the rain, but love the outdoors, these are the ones for you. They are light, comfy and reasonably priced. They do the job and also keep you warm in winter as an extra layer. And not a sweaty Betty in sight!
Waterproof over trousers.