Waterproof Trousers

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Waterproof Trousers

Postby BigLights » Mon Oct 01, 2012 13:21 pm

Hello
Does anyone have any experience wearing waterproof overtrousers on the commute? I've always just MTFU'd but now i'm reaching the ripe old age of 33 I think i'm softening to the idea of keeping a bit dry through the winter. My missus has a pair of the Altura Night Vision Overtrouser efforts which she's happy with.

Any other experiences?

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Re: Waterproof Trousers

Postby Marco Panettone » Mon Oct 01, 2012 13:26 pm

You can either continue as you are and get wet from the outside, or wear waterproof trousers and get wet from the inside. If you're able to change after the ride then I wouldn't (and don't) bother with waterproofs.

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Re: Waterproof Trousers

Postby BigLights » Mon Oct 01, 2012 13:47 pm

yeah that's what my thinking has always been - I sweat like a waterfall as it is anyway. I do shower and change at work so that's not an issue.

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Re: Waterproof Trousers

Postby PHILATHAM » Mon Oct 01, 2012 13:58 pm

I am pondering the same issue , I have just bought some of those £10 over trousers from go outdoors by Hi- Gear, they say they are breathable , but I haven't had the chance to use them yet. I figure it is going to be easier to dry out slightly damp under gear than soaking wet stuff

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Re: Waterproof Trousers

Postby Daddy0 » Mon Oct 01, 2012 14:15 pm

Yup, I am in the market for waterproofs too. I can change when I get to work, but no shower... So I need waterproofs that breath well and minimise how sweaty I get. Looking at getting a thermal layer and a light rain proof layer. Obviously want to keep costs down - anyone got a decent but cheap solution?

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Re: Waterproof Trousers

Postby BigLights » Mon Oct 01, 2012 15:20 pm

I suspect the cheaper you go the less breathable they will be. For the bull blown Gore-tex type stuff it's not bargain basement. The Altura things are £60....my issue is on days like today, when it's pissing it down in the morning, fine. But then I have nowhere to dry my stuff so in the evening I have to get back in to soaking clothes and bike home. Which really does suck when it's a freezing February evening.

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Re: Waterproof Trousers

Postby Daddy0 » Mon Oct 01, 2012 16:55 pm

BigLights - sucks to be you! If I were you I'd find a nice warm pub with a radiator at lunchtime. Mind you, I'd probably do that even if I didn't have to dry out my pants ;-)

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Re: Waterproof Trousers

Postby MichaelW » Mon Oct 01, 2012 17:57 pm

You can find Montane Atomic DT pants for under £50, nice cut, fairly breathable with elasticated ankles as well as zip and velcro.

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Re: Waterproof Trousers

Postby rubertoe » Mon Oct 01, 2012 18:30 pm

MTFU.

Its only rain and a bit of water. Your skin will keep what is inside you dry.
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Re: Waterproof Trousers

Postby PHILATHAM » Tue Oct 02, 2012 07:05 am

update on the cheapo hi gear pants. cycled the 8 miles to work this morning, light rain all the way, and a short half mile walk after the P****ure fairy got me , and still dry , no boil in the bag probs. not a bad £10 spent

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Re: Waterproof Trousers

Postby CookeeeMonster » Tue Oct 02, 2012 14:20 pm

all these waterproof/breathable questions/answers never mention the most important things - the length and intensity of your ride and the temperature you are riding at.

a £10 jacket and trousers will do you fine and wont make you sweat if you cycle 2 miles to work at little more than walking pace in the winter...otherwise you'll sweat like a bar steward.

I recently bought a goretext jacket for the winter. I wore it for the first time in light rain last week...and I was sweaty at the end.

It was 11 degrees C and it was an 18 mile commute at a moving average of 18mph. The jacket was far, far better than anything I've used before but nevertheless, it was still too warm to wear it for my particular ride. When you read reviews on wiggle etc they never, ever give you this information, and so they're next to useless in the real world for many people.

Basically if you ride a decent distance at a decent intensity then you'll sweat unless you spend a lot of money on gear, and sometimes even if you spend a lot of money on gear if it's still pretty warm...
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Re: Waterproof Trousers

Postby Hoopdriver » Tue Oct 02, 2012 18:30 pm

I have used waterproof trousers while touring , when I am going to be out on the road in the rain all day. In those cases I use three-quarter length ones to keep from overheating. The ones I have, and which I like, are Endura eVent ones.

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Re: Waterproof Trousers

Postby passout » Wed Oct 03, 2012 08:18 am

I'd consider full mud guards and one of the cape/long poncho type things maybe? Another option might be waterproof baggy shorts combined with tights or leg warmers. I have Lusso Max Repel tights - now they are excellent for bad weather.

The issue with waterproof over trousers is overheating, so they are winter only and not for when you working hard. Other than that, they may well be useful.
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Re: Waterproof Trousers

Postby Headhuunter » Wed Oct 03, 2012 15:14 pm

You great big old pansy! I thought you were Scottish and commuted in shorts and vest all year unless it snowed and then perhaps you might consider a T shirt with short sleeves to keep the snow off your shoulders? You're getting soft...
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Re: Waterproof Trousers

Postby chorlton chimp » Thu Oct 04, 2012 19:06 pm

Waterproof trousers are the work of satan IMHO. Hot, sweaty and the Altura Nevis ones I have are not cut for the burly gentleman and are real b*** crushers.

I have recently bought some Protective waterprooof bib tights and have high hopes for them. However they are fleece lined so probably f-all use for most days.

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Re: Waterproof Trousers

Postby lee170 » Tue Oct 16, 2012 09:25 am

I have always found the endura waterproof trousers fine. Used for commute and winter mtbing.
I wouldn't be without them


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Re: Waterproof Trousers

Postby CookeeeMonster » Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:29 pm

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Re: Waterproof Trousers

Postby The Rookie » Tue Oct 16, 2012 13:04 pm

BigLights wrote: i'm reaching the ripe old age of 33

Sprog! MTFU or you'll be wanting a bus pass by my age!

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Re: Waterproof Trousers

Postby BigLights » Tue Oct 16, 2012 13:42 pm

yup, in hindsight, some of you are quite right. I've had a word with myself and i'm going to stick to cycling in my mankini throughout the winter, like I always have.


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