Recommended Price: £110
Weight: 226g (Men’s M, Regular length)
Walking in the rain is pretty impossible to avoid in Scotland, even for the most fair weather of walkers. Waterproof overtrousers are in my pack all year round and for the last 5 years I’ve been using the older version of these Paclite ones from Berghaus. Paul’s now been testing the latest model over the last wet month or so, with our combined verdict below.
Fit is good, with less excess material than some due to the long side zips which allow them to be put on over boots without being overly baggy. They seem to be true to size and there’s a good range of size options and three lengths. The waist is elasticated an additional shockcord to tighten it. A seam at the knee adds to the ease of movement. There are no pockets.
The bluesign-accredited fabric is thin Paclite Gore-Tex with taped seams and water-resistant zips under a storm flap. With a slight stretch in the fabric it moves easily and doesn’t rustle too much. It can be machine washed although I’ve never resorted to this. The fabric has retained its waterproofing although it did not survive me sitting and sliding on the rough gabbro of the Skye Cuillin and my pair has a small rip repaired successfully with Tenacious tape. Breathability is very good and really aided by those long side zips which can be opened from the thigh for added venting – there are popper closures at the knee and ankle to prevent flapping.
Supplied with a mesh stuff sack, they pack down to a package only slightly larger than an adult male hand. Like most overtrousers they only come in black. Made in Vietnam. Mens are available in an impressive 7 sizes (XS – XXXL) all in short, regular, and long lengths; and sizes 8 – 20 for the womens with short and standard lengths.
In summary, a very good pair of lightweight overtrousers. For the low weight you do lose some durability, however as items not worn constantly, they should last well with careful use. Being able to put them on easily over boots is a big plus. I wouldn’t want to go back to using a heavier fabric for longer wet days, just too cumbersome and hot.
Pros: Lightweight, long side zips, range of sizes
Cons: Fabric not as durable as some heavier overtrousers