I bought these and wore them for a couple of weeks doing some easy low level walks. The stitching went and I returned them for another pair. When I first put them on I was reminded of another pair of salomon gtx boots a few years ago. The ankles took some pain before they became wearable. Granted I was wearing thin nylon socks and walking around the house, but it was still a shock. The other difficuty I found was that the insoles are useless as my soles became very tough and a bit sorre after a few wears. No pain, no gain once more came to mind. I really did not find them as comfortable straight from the box as others apparently did. They generally have good grip but dont do very well on muddy hills and you have to be very careful. I am really hoping that the first pair were faulty and that they are more robust. I got them from field and trek for a decent price - £95. Wull
The point about light wear gear is just that - it is meant to be functional for less weight. We all know there are always trade off between weight and functioinality of which paclite is a prime example as indeed is paramo. It depends on your needs and what you require to make the outdoor experience as pleasant as it can be regardless of the weather. To be honest, I am getting on in years a bit so being warm and dry is a priority for me therefore I can live with being a bit warmer in the knowledge that I will manage to have a day on the hills without feeling miserable and cold when the weather is wet and cold. ergo being a bit warm might be the lesser of the evils for some.
Hi all. I had a real problem with my paclite extreme trek for ages before I tippled. It is cheaper and easier just to get wet outside as the jacket had no breathabilty at all. I was soaking inside although the jacket looked dry outside. Something wrong there dont you think? Anyways, that brings me to another conundrum about waterproof gear - if the supposedly light weight gear is wet inside then why dont we just use paramo? Paramo as we all know, is warm but supremely waterproof. So if we are wet inside we at least know it is becasue of the heavier gear and not the outer shell.
A btw is that the pro shell version is relatively light but very warm (aka lacks breathabilty) as well.
Hi. Online is by far the best buying option for outdoor gear. Places such as Tiso's and Gooutdoor shops are great places to try gear and sometimes get advice (forums such as this are also helpful here) without actually buying. You will pay a premium for the advice if you buy good gear in this shops. As a rule high street shops are usually dearer as the web offers such an abundance of bargains. BTW there is no substitue for research on whatever piece of gear that you would like. Honest, it is an eyeopening experience, as you will find that is you who is not only the customer but it is also you that educated the staff, at least on the bit of kit in question. Get the best deal and the best kit - surf IMHO.
Can I stick in I thought I would mention the ulta pant as I could not find a review before I bought a pair. I really liked the idea of pro shell trousers. Bearing in mind the Kongur Jacket is pro shell.
Wore them a few times. The first time was on an amazingly windy ben ledi...the trousers leaked in the wind. I appreciate that that the zips are WR..geez...it the last time I buy water resistant. Having said that, I wore them in a similar wet day without the wind and they kept my legs dry.
So I suppose they work well without wind. Long...I have short leg...Do ME do a short leg?
You survive though with the adjustments you can make.
They got dirty and I rinsed them and they dried fine. I was impressed by that. They are
light wieght even when wet. Another good point. I got mine for £150...so value is not so sure..seems to me to have long term potential.