Lightweight durable waterproof over trews

Discussion in 'Clothing & Footwear' started by hillwalker66, Jul 10, 2018.

  1. hillwalker66

    hillwalker66 Trail Blazer

    I’ve used berghaus paclite over trousers for a good few yrs, but only get around a couple of years out of a pair. My current ones are almost worn out ... patched up for wknds trip. Before I order some more, any recommendations for good lightweight/ durable over trousers. What’s every one else using ?
  2. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Only decent ones I've ever bought are the alpkit ones, so can't compare, but I'm happy with them. Comfy enough to wear over running shorts and <200g
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  3. hillwalker66

    hillwalker66 Trail Blazer

    Thanks.. don’t think I’ve seen them, will take a look.
  4. gixer

    gixer Thru Hiker

    Been using a rain kilt/skirt the last 2 years, can't imagine going back to over trousers now
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  5. Baldy

    Baldy Section Hiker

    Marmot Precip do for me.
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  6. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    Given the sort of year round mountain trips I've seen that you do, I'd stick with the Berghaus paclites.

    Time proven for me.
    Light enough. More waterproof than the Rab Event trousers I had. ( 2 pairs returned)

    If you want more durable, you'll need to go heavier IMO.

    Trousers take more of a battering than jackets. I don't think the really light fabrics will be great for multidays with all day rain in cooler conditions. My Golite Reeds certainly weren't up for that sort of use; there performance and coating deteriorated quite quickly.
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  7. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    The Berhaus Paclites do it for me, one of the few overtrou's that come in a short leg...….current pair have done 5 years of hard use (& probably need replacing but I'm tight), patched with Tenacious tape in various places but they're still reasonably waterproof.
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  8. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    Another vote for Paclites

    My current pair are pretty battered but still do the job, mostly holed at the bottom of the legs from poking with poles.

    Got a new pair stashed in the wardrobe somewhere :)
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  9. Robin

    Robin Thru Hiker

    Not that durable but I use Marmot Essence overtrousers which are very light (180g) and decently breathable. Unfortunately it looks like they are no longer available. I also have a pair of Berghaus Paclites which I will use when the Essence trews are worn out.
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  10. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    I gave in to the dark side & decided to splash out on a replacement pair of Paclites, cheapest I found was £65 inc p&p from Gaynors
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  11. dovidola

    dovidola Section Hiker

    Thanks for the link @Whiteburn; just ordered some too.
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  12. Diddi

    Diddi Thru Hiker

    Paclites here too...
    Spend more time in pack than wearing them.
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  13. dovidola

    dovidola Section Hiker

    it's a bit of a quandry really, as I hate overtrousers and don't like carrying something I'm not going to use.

    If the weather forecast is reasonably mild and settled, I'll stick with my long waterproof jacket and gaiters combo, happy to run the risk of getting the 'giggle gap' between the gaiter tops and jacket bottom wet if needs be.

    I have the 3F UL rain skirt, which I've tried out once, but have yet to be convinced despite other members' success with it. I might persevere.

    I intend to reserve the Paclites for more severe anticipated conditions, or when an unexpected rainstorm could have serious consequences.
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  14. gixer

    gixer Thru Hiker

    If you're using gaiters then a rain skirt isn't a good option

    Mine comes to just below the knees, but with it lifting up as i walk the area from just above my knees gets wet.
    As i don't wear waterproof shoes or socks it doesn't matter to me if the area below gets wet.
    If you want to keep your feet dry though i think it would be virtually impossible with a rain skirt in a sustained downpour

    On the recent failed hike to the lake district meet it was raining heavily.
    My OMM jacket wet out after 1 hour
    Every piece of clothing was dripping wet EXCEPT the area from my waist to the top of my knees, the area covered by the rain skirt

    The following day it started fairly warm, but the weather came in as we got to the tops.
    Foolishly i left it too late to put on my rain skirt, my trousers got wet, the when the wind picked up i started shivering.

    I put on my rain skirt and immediately it stopped the wind so i felt warmer around my waist and thighs.
    After around 1 hour my body heat had completely dried my trousers in the area covered by the skirt

    Only bad things i've found
    1/ The bottom of my back tends to get sweaty with them
    2/ You have to hitch up the skirt if you're hiking over larger rocks or ledges the mean you need to left your knees high
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  15. hillwalker66

    hillwalker66 Trail Blazer

    I think you’re right, been happy with paclite,s over the years.. on my third pair. Wanted to see if there was any alternatives I’d overlooked. Your advice is spot on though
  16. hillwalker66

    hillwalker66 Trail Blazer

    That’s an excellent price.. thanks for the link.
  17. hillwalker66

    hillwalker66 Trail Blazer

    I need short leg as well. 1 of the reasons I went with the berghaus paclites in the first place

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