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Waterproof overtrousers
« on: October 18, 2008, 08:19:46 am »
I cut my last pair of overtrousers down to shorts but am thinking that a pair of long overtrousers would be good for Winter, but which?

They need to be good for recumbent and upright use, and it wouldn't hurt if they were suitable for walking in but that isn't very important.

Any suggestions from experience - make and model, please?
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Re: Waterproof overtrousers
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2008, 05:14:28 pm »
Come on folks, someone must be wearing overtrousers.
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Re: Waterproof overtrousers
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2008, 05:27:45 pm »
Come on folks, someone must be wearing overtrousers.
I use Rainlegs now. I used to wear Regatta waterproof trousers from Millets or your nearest army surplus shop.
Some, like the Regatta, are straight leg and others are more specific for cycling with pleated knees and maybe zip up ankles. If you go straight legged then trouser clip(s) may be needed to keep them from getting caught.

Re: Waterproof overtrousers
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2008, 05:50:14 pm »
Thank you Del

I've seen those rainlegs. Would they work on an upright, do you think?
As I recall, from Mildenhall, you ride an upright?
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Re: Waterproof overtrousers
« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2008, 05:58:27 pm »
Thank you Del

I've seen those rainlegs. Would they work on an upright, do you think?
As I recall, from Mildenhall, you ride an upright?
They work fine on an upright. Keeping lower belly to knee area warm, dry, and out of the wind. No idea how good they'd be on a bent though, depends how bent the bike is I s'pose.

Re: Waterproof overtrousers
« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2008, 06:01:04 pm »
How much are you looking to spend? These seem to be about the best around if you are looking for something that you're not going to get sweaty in, and if I ever get a courier job I might invest in some. Pricey though.

Re: Waterproof overtrousers
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2008, 06:26:30 pm »
They look good but at a 34" waist size I'm 6'2" according to their sizing!

I'll try the rainlegs first. If they don't work I'll add the overshorts, and if not I'll look at full overstrides.
The rainlegs all always do on the Brommie and other upright.

thanks for the help
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Re: Waterproof overtrousers
« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2008, 06:50:52 pm »
I have a pair made by Karrimor which I have used on my DF bikes,Marj's recumbent & walking.They are very comfortable providing you don't wear longs underneath which creates too much condensation inside the trouser legs.

Re: Waterproof overtrousers
« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2008, 08:28:39 pm »
Tiger, of this parrish, wears rainlegs on a recumbent - try to ping 'im.
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Re: Waterproof overtrousers
« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2008, 10:02:55 pm »
Thanks everybody

I hesitate to admit that I don't know but what's pinging?
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Re: Waterproof overtrousers
« Reply #10 on: October 22, 2008, 10:57:06 pm »
I hesitate to admit that I don't know but what's pinging?

Leave a message here with the title "ping [whoever]".

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Re: Waterproof overtrousers
« Reply #11 on: October 23, 2008, 05:12:10 am »
I hesitate to admit that I don't know but what's pinging?

Leave a message here with the title "ping [whoever]".

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Thanks wobblyjohn
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Re: Waterproof overtrousers
« Reply #12 on: October 23, 2008, 10:05:59 am »
Tiger, of this parrish, wears rainlegs on a recumbent - try to ping 'im.

I've got a set too, but the only time I used them it stopped raining five seconds after leaving Great Kingshill village hall.
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Re: Waterproof overtrousers
« Reply #13 on: October 23, 2008, 03:28:37 pm »
Tiger, of this parrish, wears rainlegs on a recumbent - try to ping 'im.

I've got a set too, but the only time I used them it stopped raining five seconds after leaving Great Kingshill village hall.

They are that good then? ;D
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Re: Waterproof overtrousers
« Reply #14 on: October 24, 2008, 11:13:55 pm »
Got some Rainlegs after asking on here about them a few weeks ago. Haven't actually managed to wear them yet but I'll be up Keswick way on the Brompton tomorrow so I have put them out tonight.
Don't think they'll be any good on a recumbent though, water will blow on the back of your legs as you're at top circle on the pedals?

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Re: Waterproof overtrousers
« Reply #15 on: October 24, 2008, 11:24:11 pm »
I got some dhb ones on sale at Wiggle. They are designed for cycling but work equally well for hiking.

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Re: Waterproof overtrousers
« Reply #16 on: October 27, 2008, 06:37:49 pm »
Rainlegs OK on an upright but I reckon pretty pointless on a recumbent. If its wet enough to need protection one needs it below on back of thighs and groin = spray area.
I use very light Montane featherweights and they are the biz. Egg size storage and keep the wet off with breathability. Just the job.

Re: Waterproof overtrousers
« Reply #17 on: October 28, 2008, 04:49:17 pm »
Thanks for that, Tiger
I have ordered the Montane Featherlite trousers.
What jacket do you use in the rain, please?
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Re: Waterproof overtrousers
« Reply #18 on: October 28, 2008, 06:01:59 pm »
Thanks for that, Tiger
I have ordered the Montane Featherlite trousers.
What jacket do you use in the rain, please?
Cheers

I don't do a lot of wet riding so get away with an Altura Nevis.

Do Montane list a jacket to match the Featherlite trousers ?

Re: Waterproof overtrousers
« Reply #19 on: October 28, 2008, 06:48:30 pm »
Thanks for that, Tiger
I have ordered the Montane Featherlite trousers.
What jacket do you use in the rain, please?
Cheers

I don't do a lot of wet riding so get away with an Altura Nevis.

Do Montane list a jacket to match the Featherlite trousers ?
They do but I wonder if it is good enough for 'benting?
I have an Altura Night Vision which is very waterproof but very bulky. It's also hot so when I wear it I have to take off a layer. Something lighter, less bulky and as waterproof would be good.
As an aside, I have had the zip on the pocket of the Altura fail and the zip pull on the front snap. Both times they've replaced the jacket but I've ended up without it for a week, or so.
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Re: Waterproof overtrousers
« Reply #20 on: October 28, 2008, 06:57:30 pm »
On the recumbent it doesn't matter what jacket I wear I still get damp with sweat.
Mainly because there is nowhere for the steam to come out of the vents at the back.
Like most jackets take it as read you are going to get wet when it's raining heavily. Warm and wet is good, it's when you get cold and wet it's not nice.
I had a really thick winter Altura jacket a few years ago which was great for keeping warm.

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Re: Waterproof overtrousers
« Reply #21 on: October 28, 2008, 07:02:44 pm »
On the recumbent it doesn't matter what jacket I wear I still get damp with sweat.
Mainly because there is nowhere for the steam to come out of the vents at the back.
Like most jackets take it as read you are going to get wet when it's raining heavily. Warm and wet is good, it's when you get cold and wet it's not nice.
I had a really thick winter Altura jacket a few years ago which was great for keeping warm.

Rich.
I don't think I go fast enough to sweat!
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Re: Waterproof overtrousers
« Reply #22 on: October 29, 2008, 02:28:17 pm »
As Rich says - recumbents and sweating is an issue. I have tried loads of tops and rate them as follows:

Montane featherlight circa £30- tiny packaway top just great if its not raining for more than an hour. Don'rt wash it tho as it loses the watrerprooofing. Has some breathing action
Montane waterproof - circa £100 - bombproof for heavy rain. Has big slots but gets sweaty.
Endura stuff - sweaty heat trap.
Best all round solution - Gore windstopper jacket £140 - has a removable back so vents! And removable arms so you can roll them down. Best off all worlds and roretex waterproofing is OK provided you was with nickwax.
Mainly I think the answer is only to use waterproof if it is really raining - light showers are cool and refreshing I reckon. I don't use waterproofs for commuting.

Re: Waterproof overtrousers
« Reply #23 on: October 29, 2008, 02:55:26 pm »
Just realised how useless my post about Altura Nevis probably was.  I entered the thread via While You Were Away and totally missed the bent aspect.  Must try harder next time.

Re: Waterproof overtrousers
« Reply #24 on: October 29, 2008, 06:04:55 pm »
Just realised how useless my post about Altura Nevis probably was.  I entered the thread via While You Were Away and totally missed the bent aspect.  Must try harder next time.

ntw, it was good of you to try to help  :D
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