Unless you hike in rain-free, mud-free environments, you might face 4 basic scenarios:
My solution is to wear running shorts and complement them with rain pants when it starts to rain or when it gets too cold for my bare legs, somewhere below +15º C (60º F). No hiking pants. No gaiters.
I prefer the tight-fitting, Lycra running shorts variety to eliminate chaffing and simplify layering. I wear them all the time.
Rain? Wind? Grab the pants, unzip, slide the shoes in. Keep moving.
Ever looked at the back of your hiking pants after a day on a mud trail? Was that light beige? With rain pants, just sweep them in a stream. Instant clean. Almost dry.
Material? eVENT, of course. The best waterproof / breathable fabric at the moment.
OK, what lightweight, half-zip, eVENT rain pants do we have on the market today? Not that many. The new Rab Drillium eVENT rain pant is one.
Photo: Rab Drillium eVENT rain pants / With permission from Rab / Author unknown
A rare item:
Should be in stores worldwide in spring 2009.
I have no idea about the fit!
Montane used to make the Air Pants. My favorite. 230 g (8 oz) of eVENT in size M.
Rain? I pull them on when shooting in situ photography, cycling, traveling and, of course, backpacking.
Not sold anymore, because too expensive in the eyes of the buyers. Well, your rain jacket may not be enough. You can still die from hypothermia wearing your soaked pants in the sudden alpine sleet on that windy ridge.
Whether you used a C.A.M.P. Compact Pants Pro or Jacket Pro? How about waterproof / breathable?
Nope, sorry, haven’t tried the CAMP rainwear yet.
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