BW Gore-Tex trousers, Flecktarn, surplus
Trousers of the current issue German Bundeswehr rainsuit. Very simple and sensible hardshell overtrousers to wear when it's wet and nasty.
All in all a very simple pair of "GTX" trousers with a couple of handy features for use in the field:
- Hook 'n' loop adjustment on the waist.
- Zipper fly.
- Fixed suspenders with low profile adjustment buckles.
- Zippered legs for ease of donning with boots on.
- Cut with generous clothing allowance!
Made of Gore-Tex or Sympatex, this membrane "breathes"; it lets moisture out, keeping the wearer dry. Microscopic holes in the membrane let water vapour pass through, but are too small for liquid water to do the same (although in the case of Sympatex the mechanism is somewhat different). However, no rainsuit breathes as well as regular non-rainwear. For this reason they're still best reserved for wet and nasty weather or blocking the wind in light activity.
On the very top there is (or has been) a DWR coating with a job of blocking most of the water before it even touches the membrane.
First the German size, then these converted to comparable easy size and user's recommended waist in centimetres. As these is meant to be worn over everything else, they are sized accordingly - by picking your own size you should have plenty of room for extra clothing.
The length sizes are all the same, and are good for "normal" people (about 170-180 cm), but this leaves some room to play; rain trousers don't need to extend all the way to the floor level.
Genuine BW issue
In used but perfectly serviceable condition. The DWR coating on the top of the fabric may have faded with time, but it can be revived with standard wet blocking sprays.
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does not recommend
Frederik M. 18.04.2018
One thing to note, the legs on these are relatively short.
Paul T. 04.07.2018
Bjornar M. 16.06.2019
Easy to put on with boots and great fit and a decent set of suspenders.
Now I look forward to rain!
Glyn C. 14.08.2019
Petri P. 29.10.2019
In a city environment these are socially unacceptable, but the design (easy to put on top of all clothing) looked very promising for a wilderness setting. I tested the equipment in the shower before the hike and did not notice any leaking.
During the hike, it was drizzling both days and sadly I noticed that the rain gear does not do its job. The outer layer of the rain gear got soaked and eventually the water got me wet and I was quite cold towards the evenings.
Thus, I do not recommend these at all. Both the pants and the jacket seemed visually to be in top condition, like unused. They both were from the 90s so maybe the age has got to them. I tried using sprays and goretex washing agents, but they did not help at all.
For, me the lesson to be learned here: never buy used rain equipment. They could leak even if the equipment looks visually fine, and you cannot know until you are on the hike and need the protection from the rain. Waste of perfectly good money.
Peter E. 15.11.2019