Waterproof,breathable,windproof • Pocket access open • Taped seams • Elasticated drawcord waist • Zipped gusset to knee • Mesh stuff sack.
No, it's not a new opinion, but it's an old one so I thought I'd rewrite it (and I missed out the proper name). Here goes! Crag Hoppers use their Aqua Dry coating on the Pakka overtrousers, which is breathable as well as waterproof. Walking with plasticky non-breathable waterproofs for 6 hours is not comfortable! These overtrousers are very lightweight, and they come with a small stuffsack which takes up hardly any space in my rucksack. It needn't take up any space at all - the stuffsack has a drawcord so you can hook it onto a clip somewhere. At first I was unsure about the gusset on these - the zip is on the outside with nothing covering it. But then underneath the zip there is a large piece of loose material (also waterproof & breathable). This also helps in getting the overtrousers on while I've got my boots on. There is also a velcro "cuff" at the ankle, which helps to keep the zipper in one place, and stops water/wind getting up inside the leg. The waist has a drawcord and is also elasticated, so unlike my friend's cheaper overtrousers they stay up. I like the pockets on these as well. They're not actually pockets, but slits to let you get to the pockets in the trousers you're wearing underneath. It used to be terrible getting the overtrousers on then remembering I've left something in the inside pocket. Like any waterproof/breathable fabric, these overtrousers need a bit more care than normal trousers. If they get really grubby, the dirt on the surface will impair the breathability. Most of the time, a wipe down in warm water will do. If not, you can hand-wash them in pure soap, or machine-wash them using something like Granger's Extreme Cleaner. Always check the label for instructions. For more info: http://www.craghoppers.com http://www.grangers.co.uk