To suit a wide range of activities and environments there are many different styles of waterproof trousers available. It is advisable to buy the most suitable overtrousers for the specific activity you enjoy most. For example, a runner will need overtrousers that are lightweight, packable and highly breathable and can be put on / taken off very quickly. On the other hand, a mountaineer will need more durable waterproof trousers which will fit over winter clothing and can be put on whilst wearing crampons.
Overtrousers - Features to Look For
Elasticated waistband - With optional zip fly, this provides comfort and convenience.
Leg Zips (either knee-length or full-length) - These help putting on and taking off the waterproofs. Full length zips are particularly necessary with winter boots and crampons.
Ankle Adjustment - Provides the ability to adjust the ankle hem to prevent the ingress of dirt, water or snow.
Articulated Cut - Enhances the fit of the overtrouser significantly by using clever construction which reduces restriction when walking or climbing.
Reinforced knees / ankles / seat - Gives enhanced durability when wearing the waterproof trousers for extended periods of time or in high-abrasion environments.
Braces - Particularly useful for mountaineers and skiers, braces keep the trousers in position during very active use.
Internal Snow Gaiters - Prevents the ingress of snow, dirt or scree in harsh conditions.
Drop Seat / Pull-Aside - This allows for toilet breaks without having to remove trousers and climbing harness.
Water Resistant Zips - Using a clever seal, water resistant zips help to reduce the weight of overtrousers and keep the elements out.