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Offline dkoloko

Looking for Rain Pants
« on: March 02, 2013, 10:23:28 pm »
Pass for casual pants. Waterproof, breathable.

Offline staehpj1

Re: Looking for Rain Pants
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2013, 08:37:27 am »
Something like Sierra Designs Microlight pants might meet that criteria depending on your "pass for casual pants" requirements.

I have some light (3.5 ounce) pants that were from a dance apparel company.  They were not waterproof but I treated them with DWR treatment.  Not fully waterproof, but I find them adequate.

Offline dkoloko

Re: Looking for Rain Pants
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2013, 11:45:59 am »
Something like Sierra Designs Microlight pants might meet that criteria depending on your "pass for casual pants" requirements.


Thanks, but "water resistance in light rain for a short period of time" is less protection than I'm looking for.

Offline John Nelson

Re: Looking for Rain Pants
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2013, 12:29:58 pm »
I think your request is overly constrained. Although I'm a big fan of double-duty gear, I think in this case you need one of each.

Offline dkoloko

Re: Looking for Rain Pants
« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2013, 03:18:28 pm »
I think your request is overly constrained. Although I'm a big fan of double-duty gear, I think in this case you need one of each.

If was easy to find, I wouldn't have posted a query. I disagree wholeheartedly that this should be an impossible quest. I think it entirely feasible, and am surprised a manufacturer hasn't produced pants to fill this need. None of my tours have been done taking one of each. Had a pair of Performance Gore-Tex rain pants that passed, albeit barely, as casual pants. They are not longer available, and what Performance sells now isn't close. Had one manufacturer make me a pair; unfortunately he made them look like sweat pants. He agreed it is a doable project; he just couldn't pull it off. I expect a perusal of this forum will unearth quests that are lot more fantastic than wanting bicycle rain pants that can double as casual pants.

Offline bogiesan

Re: Looking for Rain Pants
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2013, 09:52:50 pm »
http://www.gore-tex.com/products/men/outerwear/pants/

Waterproof and breathable means you are going to wear a coating or a membrane because the fabric itself cannot be both. I just plugged gore tex and high fashion rain pants into google and came up with a long list of silly and expensive pants. Umm, poser-wear.

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Offline dkoloko

Re: Looking for Rain Pants
« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2013, 10:29:36 am »
http://www.gore-tex.com/products/men/outerwear/pants/

Waterproof and breathable means you are going to wear a coating or a membrane because the fabric itself cannot be both. I just plugged gore tex and high fashion rain pants into google and came up with a long list of silly and expensive pants. Umm, poser-wear.

What could be less poser-wear than what I am looking for, bicycle rain pants that look like casual pants?

Offline morganjg

Re: Looking for Rain Pants
« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2013, 10:24:21 pm »
Give a look at the Eddie Bauer Nisqually pant. I could see myself wearing them into a restaurant or store if I was wearing rainwear. This is a tough one, there are so few choices. Even Showers Pass, who usually makes stylish rainwear, is lacking anything waterproof.

Offline Westinghouse

Re: Looking for Rain Pants
« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2013, 02:23:32 pm »
I got a pair of breathable nylon pants from Walmart for a tour of the ST which I completed. The pants were waterproof for a while, but not a very long while. They did not last the tour for waterproofness. Still good as a windbreaker. You get what you pay for.

Offline johnsondasw

Re: Looking for Rain Pants
« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2013, 11:27:17 pm »
Unless it's quite cold, I just use skin. Waterproff, breatheable, looks casual (looked better 30 years ago).  Kinda hairy on the outside.  If it's cold I wear leg warmers and they get wet but still provide warmth.  It it's really gnarly, I use light nylon rain pants over the rain pants.  Of course, they're not waterproof, but I've always done ok with them.
May the wind be at your back!

Offline Bike Hermit

Re: Looking for Rain Pants
« Reply #10 on: March 21, 2013, 09:54:25 am »

Offline dkoloko

Re: Looking for Rain Pants
« Reply #11 on: March 22, 2013, 11:32:20 am »
Waterproof, breathable.
oxymoron?

This is old. I hope it doesn't branch out into a side discussion here. I am sure the archives is loaded with this topic.

Offline Pat Lamb

Re: Looking for Rain Pants
« Reply #12 on: March 22, 2013, 06:19:32 pm »
Waterproof, breathable.
oxymoron?

This is old. I hope it doesn't branch out into a side discussion here. I am sure the archives is loaded with this topic.

So, since this is old and you started the thread, have you found anything?

Offline dkoloko

Re: Looking for Rain Pants
« Reply #13 on: March 23, 2013, 03:56:19 pm »
Waterproof, breathable.
oxymoron?

This is old. I hope it doesn't branch out into a side discussion here. I am sure the archives is loaded with this topic.

So, since this is old and you started the thread, have you found anything?

The "this" is argument can't have waterproof and breathable.


Offline staehpj1

Re: Looking for Rain Pants
« Reply #14 on: March 23, 2013, 04:48:28 pm »
So you are saying that you can have waterproof and breathable?  I guess that depends on how much you sweat and how hard you are exercising.   My experience has been and remains that waterproof and breathable fabrics are never breathable enough that I am not wet with sweat when wearing them while riding at my usual pace.