No-one loves waterproof walking overtrousers or shell pants, until it starts raining of course, at which point they become your best friend. So what should you look for when buying a pair and why are they almost always black? Here are some of the most important points to be aware of when you’re shopping for overtrousers.
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Legs seem less affected by breathability than the upper body plus legwear has a tendency to get more of a kicking, which means you can compromise a little more on fabric choice even if you run hot. For lighter weight trousers for occasional use, look for a 2.5-layer fabric, for more durability, a tougher, three-layer fabric is the way to go preferably with reinforcement in high-wear areas like the insides of the ankles, seat and knees. All seams should be taped.