8 Dec 2012

Rain Shorts

I have never been one for rain paints.

I hate hiking with fabric over my knees and around my legs. I can never understand why Americans hike in long trousers. We do a lot more bush bashing in NZ and I hardly ever see a Kiwi in longs. Besides, longs in rain are a real hassle. I wear an older version of Macpac Cross Terrain shorts - thicker fabric and find they don't "sag" when wet, they also dry fast.

However, as I only have one pair of undies (wearing) I don't like to get them too wet whilst hiking (chafe and uncomfort around the family jewels). My underwear are Icebreaker Merinos and work well in that department - no stink, but they take longer to dry.

So if I am starting out the day in rain, I revert to my cuben rain shorts over my undies. Or if it turn nasty during the day I can slip them over my shorts - usually only if driving rain on the tops.

I asked Joe Valesko at Zpacks to customise their cuben longs for me into shorts. Here are a couple of pictures. I also took a shot to show the drawstring close and the use of cuben tape to waterproof seam.




   

4 comments:

  1. These are so cool! This is one American that wouldn't be caught dead hiking in pants if I can help it. My main hiking shorts are a pair of Brooks quick dry running shorts myself. I never thought about trying rain shorts though!

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  2. I'd really try this method if you have trouble drying shorts and undies at the end of a wet day, not to mention getting the "family jewels" damp. Talk to Joe at Zpacks.
    I have tried cutting down normal rain trousers but overall weight saving is not significant. Cuben fiber technology makes this option a reality

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  3. It’s a very interesting concept Robin. I’m not sure i would like to do a UK winter in a pair of shorts though. You have given me some ideas for waterproof shorts for spring and summer use all the same. Thanks

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  4. I'm looking at waterproof shorts for a soon trip over tops in June in new Zealand. I've been pondering on cutting down some full length, then I got to thinking whether just a lightweight wrap (as its above knee only) with Velcro down one side might not do the job just as well

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Hey, thanks for you contribution - I monitor my blog weekly. I will reply with comments, ideas and suggestions ASAP - In the meantime, remember, hiking is an outdoors experience to enjoy, not an army boot camp training exercise!!