Why We Chose It: Fully waterproof lower-body protection. They’re durable, built for comfort, and perfect for people who like to stay out in the worst kind of weather.
We make no secret of the fact that, here on the Outdoors Magic team, we’re big fans of Filson. Not only do we dig their origin story, they were founded in 1897 and specialised in providing goods for people on the Klondike Gold Rush, we also really like what they’ve become today. Their stuff isn’t cheap, far from it in fact, but there’s always a sense that you’re getting what you pay for with Filson; that you’re buying quality.
From outdoorsy fashion gear to technical, performance-focused, kit, Filson is a brand that’s able to spin multiple plates at once. From fishing to bushcraft (and beyond), they’ve got very good at serving up items which fall under the workwear umbrella. Take the Skagit Rain Pants, for example. They’re as at home on the legs of fishermen as they are on the legs of woodchoppers and people who enjoy big walks in the rain / snow.
Who are the Filson Skagit Rain Pants for?
In life, there are people who like being outside and people who live for it. These are designed for the latter group of people; a group of people who would, if they could, spend every single waking minute of their days collecting firewood, fishing for their supper, and ambling about in the wet forest near the campsite shack where they live. If you’re picturing someone with a lumberjack beard, you’re pretty much on the money.
“If you’re picturing someone with a lumberjack beard, you’re pretty much on the money.”
The Skagit Rain Pants are incredibly waterproof. This, combined with their comfortable fit, makes them ideal for those tough characters who like to float about on boats, in all types of weather, and get productive down at the water’s edge – even when it’s raining cats, dogs, and hamsters. Outdoor enthusiasts with a love of fishing will like these a lot.
For people who tend to immediately run for cover at the first sign of showers, these maybe aren’t worth the investment. If, however, you’re all about getting outdoors as often as possible, no matter how miserable the weather is, then this product might just be for you. With an RRP worth of £300, they’re not a budget option. Consider if you’ve got the mindset and approach to make these work for you. If you’ve got it, and you need some good outside trousers, look no further than this offering from Filson.
Materials and Construction
The Filson Skagit Rain Pants have been built from proprietary waterproof / breathable Rain Cloth. This is the same three layer fabric which features on the Filson Skagit Rain Jacket. Is it good? Yes. Why? Well, because it’s a very tough, tightly-woven, nylon shell with a waterproof / breathable membrane laminated to its interior. It’s, in essence, a performance-focused riposte to any naysayers who think Filson’s just about fashion.
The membrane on the Skagit Rain Pants is full of millions (yes, millions) of microporous holes. These holes are too small for water to penetrate, but provide an escape route for the warm vapours that can build up when you’re getting active. By allowing warm air and moisture to leave freely, Filson ensures that the wearer stays dry and non-sweaty.