Thanks. That's what I was assuming, but I wasn't 100% sure. I'll probably go with the ones from GUL since they look adequate, and after spending the multi-$100 on a dry-suit I'll probably be feeling a bit poor for awhile.Rob B said:Geoff, I think you would need to try the Musto "Strap on" type for over a dry suit or wet suit. The others fit tight like wet suits and don't leave room for anything underneath except for lycra.
Interesting. I'd not thought of that (althought it's not uncommon for people out here in Wisconsin wear some kind of wetsuit under their drysuit as a last-ditch survival backup in case the outer layer gets ripped...).49208 said:When we frostbite in CT, the majority wear their wetsuit hiking pants inside their drysuit. ...
wabbit said:I have tried a number of pants over the years, and have never been completely satisfied with any of them, so have decided to try making my own. So far the design is in its infancy, but my specs are something along the lines of:
Pants must not fall down or stretch when wet! How many times during a race do you have to try and pull up hiking pants that have become 'droopy' when wet!
Battens must extend from just above the back of the knee to as high up my (bum) as practicable, allowing normal sittling, kneeling and standing posture without protrusions. This will provide the maximum spreading of the load, no matter how hard I am hiking.
The battens must also protect the back of the leg as well as the outside of the leg for those times when one is hiking 'twisiting' forward.
The system will be held in place using wide, adjustable straps on the legs and waistband. Another little trick here is place some velcro (the hooks component) on the inside, which 'grabs' the neoprene of my wet-pants and so doesnt slide/rotate etc.
My biggest problem at the moment is finding suitable materials, that are hard wearing yet flexible. I made one prototype from an old sail which worked quite well except that is was exceptionally slippery on the deck and I was sliding around all over the place, and once straight out the back of the boat! I have a couple of synthetic material struts which are about 2" wide and 1/16" thick from an old knee brace that I had to wear for six months that are nearly perfect for the battens, but I cannot locate a supplier who doesnt want me to pay medical/hospital prices for similar components! And I am NOT paying A$65 per strut! (would eventually make the pants worth at least $260+)
Once I have the design worked out a little more, I will take it to my local sailmaker/adventuring store to get them to make my Beta version for further testing.
I will keep you appraised of my efforts, and would appreciate any feedback, maybe your current pants have their good points/bad points that could be re-engineered in my product?