Advice needed please
I'm after some advice on trouser, I've always used Craghopper trousers for walking, with either a thermal base layer underneath or lined trousers for winter walking. However just getting back into walking properly after an accident that left me with fairly extensive scarring on my legs.
This is where I have found a problem with my choice in trousers. Basically if my legs get cold then the scars stiffen up and make it quite painful to walk, so what I need is a trouser that minimises wind chill as I have found that I can cope/adjust what I wear for ambient temperture but I am struggling with wind chill.
Any help would be much appreciated.
Mind you with a softshell things might get hot in warmer times. Perhaps you might consider a system one for warmer times and one for colder times.
The softshells of mammut are top ones. I personally favor the Schoeller variants. very rugged fabric.
For warmer times you might think of combining a normal trousers with a paclite raining trousers to block wind if needed. When hot but still need to block wind use only the paclite trousers.
Paclite combines also reasonably with softshell trousers as it breathes better than other waterproofs.
This could be a job for Captain Paramo!
Something like Cascadas are windproof and fairly warm. And they'll even keep you dry. Fuera trousers do the windproof bit without the extra warmth and waterproofing and as Zuma suggests for waterproof o-ts, you can wear them on their own or over something else. Montane Featherlites are another light windproof option that can be used alone or over something.
Just a caution about softshells here in general they're not that windproof - rather less than wind shirts quite often. Especially not some of the Schoeller fabrics. Done on purpose and more than fine for most people on legs, maybe not here.
Depends on what style/weight of Craghoppers is involved here but they'll have had some wind resistance.
Something really thick like Haglofs Rugged pants perhaps? Paramo style stuff for winter is a good option but maybe not needed. As an extreme measure there's stuff like windstopper style trousers, but I'd guess shouldn't need it.
(Air permeability figures not always trivial to get, might have to badger people to get the data.).
Normally wear Kiwi trousers and have some no brand fleece lined trousers that I use when it is very cold.
Thank you for the suggestions, I have resorted to using my over trousers before but would ideally like only to use them in poor (wet) weather.
I'd go for a pair of Montane featherlite pants, hardly notice you're wearing them and they pack away to nothing.
Mal - I'm a 32 waist, 31 inch inside leg
Not calling the Schoeller trousers that Mammut make remotely bad
Its just that the Kiwi's are actually quite wind resistant in their own right - certainly the pair of classics I very briefly tested for this yesterday seemed as wind resistant as most trousers get.
(I couldn't blow any air through, which you probably can a little with some Schoellers.).
Hence some slightly unsual measures might well be needed! Its certainly an unusually nasty sounding problem.
Leggings might be logical to try, so long as they don't irritate the scars directly of course.
Thanks for the suggestions, will trial the underarmour approach and report back.
Kelvin wrote (see)
I'd be tempted to try something like Under Armour leggings, like gridiron players use. They stand around a lot then go for it, so they're designed to work well at both extremes and then have a pair of the Montane Featherlites handy to go over the top when the winds blowing a hoolie.
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