Wet weather trousers

Paired with a rain jacket or rain poncho these are an obvious choice. Fewer people get these, though, because donned over regular trousers these will increase sweating by a large margin, and they are a bit of a chore to put on - even if you have side-zips to make things easier with boots on.

Trousers are more susceptible to wear, so the choice between technical membrane stuff and non-breathing ones should be carefully weighed. Increased sweating can be mitigated with the right choice of lower layers (or lack thereof). Breathable membrane fabrics can be redeemed, if the knees and butt are reinforced.

Rain trousers are revered by those who use them and for a good reason. When you need them, the fuss of getting them on is a minor inconvenience and well worth the effort.

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