Join for FREE
It only takes a minute!

Welcome to BirdForum.
BirdForum is the net's largest birding community, dedicated to wild birds and birding, and is absolutely FREE! You are most welcome to register for an account, which allows you to take part in lively discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rating: Thread Rating: 10 votes, 5.00 average.
Old Saturday 20th May 2006, 19:23   #1
matt green
Drunken Hearted Man
 
matt green's Avatar

 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Norfolk
Posts: 5,211
waterproof trousers?

it's that time again when walking through knee high wet grass and crops makes you look like you had an accident on your walk home!

anyone wanna start recommending some affor..erm,hah i was then going to say affordable but the only trousers i've seen so for that look as if they would last any amount of time are the country innovation ventile trousers
at 70,bill oddie seems to like them.

ideally i want something like a regular pair of trousers with extra waterproofness rather than pull over types,even in winter i would find my movement restricted and might well start to overheat after about three or four miles.

breathability is also a priority.

matt

Last edited by matt green : Saturday 20th May 2006 at 19:33.
matt green is offline  
Reply With Quote
BF Supporter 2007
Click here to Support BirdForum
Old Sunday 21st May 2006, 23:35   #2
Chris Oates
Why does a Black-headed Gull have a brown head...

 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: St Ives Cornwall
Posts: 923
Quote:
Originally Posted by matt green
it's that time again when walking through knee high wet grass and crops makes you look like you had an accident on your walk home!

anyone wanna start recommending some affor..erm,hah i was then going to say affordable but the only trousers i've seen so for that look as if they would last any amount of time are the country innovation ventile trousers
at 70,bill oddie seems to like them.

ideally i want something like a regular pair of trousers with extra waterproofness rather than pull over types,even in winter i would find my movement restricted and might well start to overheat after about three or four miles.

breathability is also a priority.

matt
I always wear gaiters plus water resistant trousers - Regatta, Craghoppers & Peter storm are all OK

Regatta link

Craghoppers & Pete storm link



Get yer gaiters here
Chris Oates is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Sunday 21st May 2006, 23:52   #3
SiG
Registered User
 
SiG's Avatar

 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Merseyside
Posts: 1,346
After decades of using expensive state-of-the-art kit from outdoor shops I use ex-military stuff now. This is partly down to fieldcraft - on my patch, as well as a few hides and flaps I find some of my best days include an hour or five out on the marhses, dunes, or in the woods. So I use camo gear in different styles depending on where I'm going, and the season. I don't really care what I look like to other birders when I'm out, I care what the birds think! So with patience and the internet/a good rapport with a local army surplus place I can get most things I need on a very limited budget. I should point out that I don't get by on "normal" sizes - footwear 14/15, outer shell 50+ inches, 6'6" tall, etc.

Ventile's great where rustle's *really* a factor - but it isn't always. I've just bought 2 complete new goretex camo outer shells (jacket/trousers), one desert and one woodland dpm, ALL for the same cash price as I paid for one of the first ever Berghaus goretex outer shell jackets 25 years ago! For kex, cotton dpm trousers are around 15 - coared with something like fabsil or one of the other polarising spray treatments you get a decent degree of water-resistance. When it's like today and teeming down, or if you're going for concealment on a marsh (I wouldn't want to lie in a bog for three hours with a single layer ventile trouser that had cost me 70 as my only protection), throw on the goretex over-trouser.

If you're sold on ventile there are still options in ex-military stuff: I have a woodland dpm special forces smock in ventile. I paid 52 new, thus saving 200 on the (to me, inferior) Country Innovations equivalent. It's also a far more appropriate piece of kit for most genuine outdoors birding situations if less fashionable in the visitor centres But I'm not aware of a ventile trouser equivalent.

The gaiters link above says it all: you can get similar if not superior products for half those prices.

Last edited by SiG : Sunday 21st May 2006 at 23:58.
SiG is offline  
Reply With Quote
BF Supporter 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Click here to Support BirdForum
Old Monday 22nd May 2006, 00:10   #4
SiG
Registered User
 
SiG's Avatar

 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Merseyside
Posts: 1,346
Having said all that, I haven't yet gone this far, although I believe this is water-resistant:
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	chameleon_ghillie_suit.jpg
Views:	230
Size:	44.3 KB
ID:	46702  

Last edited by SiG : Monday 22nd May 2006 at 00:12. Reason: typo
SiG is offline  
Reply With Quote
BF Supporter 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Click here to Support BirdForum
Old Monday 22nd May 2006, 10:51   #5
Richard D
what was that...
 
Richard D's Avatar

 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Faversham, Kent
Posts: 780
Walking friends rate the Paramo Cascada's as very comfortable, but they're not cheap... Personally I use cheap Craghoppers Pakka Trousers (not 100% rainproof or breathable, but better than the Regatta and Peter Storm equivalants in my experience), but only use them if I really have to, generally relying on proofed poly/cotton walking trousers that keep the worst off and dry quickly.
__________________
Richard Parus major
Richard D is offline  
Reply With Quote
BF Supporter 2005
Click here to Support BirdForum
Old Wednesday 24th May 2006, 10:14   #6
Dipper
Registered User
 
Dipper's Avatar

 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Lincolnshire UK
Posts: 245
Trousers in summer? Shorts! Get wet, dry instantly, no problem. You soon get used to thistles, nettles etc.
Dipper is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Wednesday 24th May 2006, 10:37   #7
Ruby
Registered User
 
Ruby's Avatar

 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Surrey, UK
Posts: 2,244
Whilst out birding the other day in the 'drought', I discovered that my waterproof trousers are, in fact, trousers.....
Ruby is offline  
Reply With Quote
Advertisement
Reply


Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Canon 10x42 L IS waterproof binoculars coming soon dreamseason Canon 105 Thursday 20th September 2007 15:20
Best Budget Scope jamo Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads 35 Tuesday 16th May 2006 20:31
How important is a waterproof bin VS. a water resistant one? juny Nikon 10 Sunday 2nd April 2006 23:27
Trousers tom24 Outdoor Clothing 16 Monday 6th March 2006 05:35
How waterproof is your anorak? Andrew Outdoor Clothing 125 Monday 5th December 2005 16:21



Fatbirder's Top 1000 Birding Websites

Help support BirdForum

Page generated in 0.14784288 seconds with 17 queries
All times are GMT. The time now is 15:25.