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Well designed and well made trousers. The wax/DWR coating gives reasonable water turning capabilities but they will wet out in steady sustained rain. The pockets on the front of both thighs work well to improve the weather turning capability. The additional layers of material keeps the rain from soaking through as quickly as might otherwise be the case. To retain the rain/showerproof capability it is best to postpone washing the trousers and wipe them down with a wet cloth to remove dirt. Washing the trousers will remove the effectiveness of the wax coating and DWR and it is not an easy task re-applying the wax finish. As is often the case the treatment from the factory is the most effective. The pocket layout is very useful for kneeling for fire-starting and retaining easy access whilst wearing a jacket or smock. Useful knife pocket which has a press stud strap to thread through the belt loop on your sheath and click in place to prevent the sheath/knife dropping out. The side zips also really vent well in hot weather or if doing intense activity. The compatibility with their knee pads is an excellent feature and makes tasks around camp or in a tent where you need to kneel so much more bearable. Definitely recommend getting a set of pads with the trousers.
Peter Wilson3rd July, 2020