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gunwharfman

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Re: Waterproof overtrousers or waterproof trousers?
« Reply #75 on: 13:57:34, 08/05/19 »
There still is one way I can get wet though, walking through long grass or ferns in the morning after a heavy dew or heavy rain. Even with a rain skirt on my knees can get wet, the drag of the grass and ferns can begin to open my skirt but I've solved this by re-using an old cheap pair of waterproof short running gaiters, they cost me about 10 at the time. I've had them for years but have never used them, until this year. I just wrap them around my knees and snap them together, 5 seconds on, 5 seconds off, the bottom edge over my gaiters, the top edge a few inches above my knees. Dry knees every time!

I can even picture two places where I suffered wet knees in the past, walking through long grass between Alston to Garrigill and walking through very wet ferns at the end of Lake Coniston after an overnight and sustained downpour.

Rob Goes Walking

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Re: Waterproof overtrousers or waterproof trousers?
« Reply #76 on: 14:23:57, 08/05/19 »
gunwharfman what do you do about sweating in your raincoat, especially when you're going uphill? I read before you leave it open, is it really that simple? People used to wander the hills before Gore Tex after all.

I'm currently not very well and keep falling asleep so am not doing much. If I get better before the weather picks up my next walk will show how well my jacket works up hill.

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Re: Waterproof overtrousers or waterproof trousers?
« Reply #77 on: 19:49:39, 09/05/19 »
I'm sure I will perspire but as I did with my previous jacket, at the earliest opportunity I open up the zip and let the breeze or wind dry me. That's one of the main reasons why I will never to buy a half zip again. I bought a half zip fleece a few years ago, it works when I stroll to the pub but if I start to perspire it makes me feel really uncomfortable and clammy. I never take it with me when I hike.

I thought today was a classic example of rain, lots of heavy showers and dry in between. I was thinking again as to how many times in the last ten years has it rained for hours on end without a break, I still convinced I can count the days on one hand, or one and a half hands at the most!

It still irks me that I spent 250 on a waterproof jacket when in reality I didn't need to. Oh well, we live and learn!

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Re: Waterproof overtrousers or waterproof trousers?
« Reply #78 on: 20:05:23, 09/05/19 »
Now here's a thing GW.  I have a lightweight Wolfskin jacket.  If I unzip it, I get more condensation problems than if I wear it done up.  Presumably because it is warmer inside the liner is too warm for condensation so it breathes as designed.  Regrettably I cannot get my Paramo jacket to work in the same way,
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Re: Waterproof overtrousers or waterproof trousers?
« Reply #79 on: 20:54:49, 09/05/19 »
Now here's a thing GW.  I have a lightweight Wolfskin jacket.  If I unzip it, I get more condensation problems than if I wear it done up.  Presumably because it is warmer inside the liner is too warm for condensation so it breathes as designed.  Regrettably I cannot get my Paramo jacket to work in the same way,

You all talk of these magic breathable fabrics. My jacket is supposedly 10k waterproof/10k breathable. Today I got pretty wet with sweat walking about town in it. The rain had stopped. My jacket wasn't saturated. It made me hot and sweaty. I didn't really notice how wet I was until it got uncomfortably warm. Maybe Gore Tex works better but that's the second 10k/10k jacket I've had that's only good for wearing when it's cold and wet and being hot and wet is slightly better. Not impressed.

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Re: Waterproof overtrousers or waterproof trousers?
« Reply #80 on: 07:57:26, 11/05/19 »
Does condensation form on the inside of the jacket, Rob?


I get hot and sweaty pretty quickly if I am walking hard, but no condensation forms on the inside of my waterproof, so it is not to blame.


And what on earth does 10k waterproof/10k breathable mean? I must confess that I have absolutely no idea!

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« Reply #81 on: 08:46:13, 11/05/19 »
The 10k waterproof refers to hydrostatic head. Don't blame me for the mix of units, but 10k waterproof means if you take a 1"x1" testing tube and put it on the fabric, it would support a column of water 10000mm tall before some was forced through.
10k waterproof equates to a jacket that will cope with light rain for a short period of time. To put that into perspective, Goretex makes products in the 20k-30k range.
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Re: Waterproof overtrousers or waterproof trousers?
« Reply #82 on: 08:58:12, 11/05/19 »
Thanks, archaeoroutes. I tend to take numbers like this with a pinch of salt, I must confess; as they are from the laboratory rather than the hill!

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« Reply #83 on: 08:59:37, 11/05/19 »
I should also point out that the breathability tests are all biased to the US market. It is rare for a breathable garment to perform anywhere near its rating in typical British conditions.
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Re: Waterproof overtrousers or waterproof trousers?
« Reply #84 on: 09:00:52, 11/05/19 »
Thanks, archaeoroutes. I tend to take numbers like this with a pinch of salt, I must confess; as they are from the laboratory rather than the hill!
Indeed. I've only ever used that number to help make a decision for tent floors - whether me kneeling on it will force the water through is pretty close to the test conditions.
In fact, I'd be likely to go the other way. If a manufacturer boasted about the hydrostatic head in place of things I consider important, I'd instantly be worried there is something else wrong.
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