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Waterproof pants yay or nay?

Hannah91

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
First time Pilgrim starting in June 2018
#1
Hi,

First time Pilgrim getting ready to start in mid June and I have a few questions about what to pack.

Is it worth carrying waterproof pants or would I be okay with quick dry tights and a waterproof jacket?

Also how cold does the Camino get in June/July?

Any other packing tips would be greatly appreciated!

Hannah
 

mvanert

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Pamplona - Santiago 2014, St. Jean to Estella June 2016, Estella to Santiago April 17, 2018
#2
June and July on the French route is warm, sometimes damn hot. So, my experience says your quick dry tights will serve you well.
 

JillGat

la tierra encantada
Camino(s) past & future
C. Frances
SJPP - Finisterre - Muxia, May 2016
C. Frances, Sept 2017
Via de La Plata (spring, 2019)
#3
I carried em and only wore them once the first time (May/June) and never the second time (Sept./Oct.). I wore shorts every day both times. Next time I might look into a rain kilt, which weighs less, at least.
 

davebugg

"When I Have Your Wounded" - Dustoff Motto
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances...
Sept. 2017: SJPdP to Burgos
Sept./Oct. 2018: SJPdP to Santiago de Compostela
#4
For warm weather, like during your time schedule for Camino, I would only be wearing shorts in the rain. Skin dries and the rain won't usually be chilly. If it is a cold rain, then a lightweight baselayer under shorts, or as JillGat said, a rain kilt. And for me, a poncho or umbrella for the upper body.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016). Seville-Astorga (Mar 2017). Mozarabe (Apr-May 2018)
#5
For walking between mid-June and mid-September, I would consider leaving them at home. However I would not travel at any other time without them - in addition to rainy weather, they are excellent as wind break, extra insulation, spare pants when everything else is in the laundry.
 

RJM

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
A few times, but soon again I hope....
#8
Smart to leave them at home.
Camino in June I found to be mostly dry and occasionally chilly mornings and evenings. In July warm and dry all day.
 
Camino(s) past & future
C/F: 2013, 2014
C/M: 2016
C/P: 2015, 2017
C/I: 2018
Voluntario: 2014 to 2018
#10
I advise NOT using rain pants. IMHO, they weigh too much. In June they are too hot. Instead wear convertible nylon fabric cargo pants. Over six Caminos, my preferred brand and style are the REI "Sahara" convertible pants. They are available for men and women. I find the sizing to be true to stated measurements, at least for men.

If these pants get wet, they dry out FAST. If they get soiled, just zip off the bottoms and wash those. Wring them out well and they will dry in open air, well enough to zip back on and proceed, in about 30 minutes.

Best of all, once the weather hots up, simply remove the bottoms and voila! you have shorts!

Carry less, do more...

Hope this helps.
 
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Camino(s) past & future
Portugués, Francés, Le Puy, Rota Vicentina, De Soulac, Norte, Madrid-Salv-Primitivo
#11
Is it worth carrying waterproof pants
Yes in winter, and No in summer. They are not worth the extra weight in summer – wear shorts and get wet; you can dry out easy enough. In winter they are worth their weight in gold by doing double duty: keeping your trousers, socks and boot-tops dry, and as insulation against cold winds.
Jill
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (1989 and 2016), Portugues - from Porto (2018)
#12
I walked in the summer and never even needed my rain jacket (although there was some rain that I managed by luck to avoid). I would say better light, quick dry pants than heavier and perhaps not quite as breathable waterproof pants.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Haven't walked the Camino yet. But I've hiked all over this beautiful planet and hope to walk the Camino in the near future.
#13
I guess it’s a personal thing, but in all my years of hiking & traveling, i’ve never used a pair of waterproof pants. My go to hiking pants are the Columbia SIlver ridge zip off cargo pants. They’re so versatile. Not only do they turn into shorts when needed saving space in my backpack...they are light and dry super quick. So I don’t mind when it rains. Works for me. Some people hate hiking in wet pants, but as long as they arent made of heavy slow drying cotton, it doesnt bother me at all. Something to keep in mind about rain pants...they don’t breathe well at all, and you end up sweating A LOT! Other than that, whatver you choose...bien camino!
 

Kiwi-d

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances Sep/Oct 2014
#14
It's interesting how people's experiences vary. I'd probably leave rainpants at home for a June camino, but we had at least four days of torrential rain at the end of September, and I fell in love with my rainpants. They were a godsend.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2015); Camino Norte/Primitivo (2016); Camino Frances (2017); Le Puy (June 2018)
#15
What about the higher elevations of the Le Puy route starting on June 1st? I have super lightweight Frogg Togg rain pants, so weight is not the problem. But if I get cold sleet or rain I may regret not bringing them. I will have one pair each of wicking long pants and shorts and the Frogg Togg rain jacket. Is that enough protection for the "what ifs"?
 
Camino(s) past & future
Haven't walked the Camino yet. But I've hiked all over this beautiful planet and hope to walk the Camino in the near future.
#16
I could see the argument for rain or waterproof pants in very cold/wet/snowy conditions. Again, for me personally (one who doesn’t do much winter hiking), i don’t see the need. But for others who get cold easily, even in the Summer, it just may make the difference in wether they enjoy a long trek or not. I would never tell anyone what works for them. Only what works for me. I plan to hike the camino in the Summer, and will use my quick dry zip off cargo pants from Columbia. If it does get cold, i plan to also bring some merino wool long johns by icebreaker. They dry quick too, and worn under my cargo pants should insulate me enough from any cold conditions i may encounter in the mountains. Bien Camino!
 
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jeffnd

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
March/April 2014
#17
It seemed like I was in constant rain for the last half of my Camino. I brought a pair of rain pants. Maybe I just had a bad pair, but it seemed like all they did was trap rain and sweat. The third time the rain came, I didn't bother with them, figuring my pants would be soaked anyway, so why bother?

I found that I was much better off without the rain pants. My regular pants, similar to these,
https://www.cabelas.com/product/clo...mens-cedar-crossing-pant/2437097.uts?slotId=2

were somewhat water resistant and they dried very quickly, especially on those days when the rain would stop and the sun would come out. I think it might have helped that I had a longer rain jacket, one that went down past my waist. I think that might have acted like a mini-poncho to direct water off me.
 

Anamiri

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances
#18
In June I walked in shorts always, didnt even get my long pants out of the pack once. And a poncho for rain. Bare legs dry fast, and June was warm to very hot..
 

Mournes

Active Member
#19
What about the higher elevations of the Le Puy route starting on June 1st? I have super lightweight Frogg Togg rain pants, so weight is not the problem. But if I get cold sleet or rain I may regret not bringing them. I will have one pair each of wicking long pants and shorts and the Frogg Togg rain jacket. Is that enough protection for the "what ifs"?[/QUOTE



Hi Camino Chris ,I will leave Cluny on 1/6 to walk to Le Puy weather forecast is for thunderstorms.Last year in June I was caught in a violent storm on the Vézelay route.I was wearing a Rab waterproof jacket ,lightweight rain trousers and using an umbrella and all to no avail.With the volume
of rain the roadd very quickly turned in to a river.I squelched along to my destination and I arrived like a drownded rat,soaked to the skin.In weather like this there is nothing that will keep you dry not even waterproof clothing.
 

falcon269

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Camino(s) past & future
yes
#20
Before taking waterproof pants, try them at home. I find they are quite hot and very difficult to get on and off. So go walking in the rain, then find a place to sit or stand and put them on. When the rain stops, take them off. Keep in mind that there will be few benches on the camino and lots of mud. Think of that mud on your boots as you change into/out of the pants.

I leave the pants at home!!
 

davebugg

"When I Have Your Wounded" - Dustoff Motto
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances...
Sept. 2017: SJPdP to Burgos
Sept./Oct. 2018: SJPdP to Santiago de Compostela
#21
Before taking waterproof pants, try them at home. I find they are quite hot and very difficult to get on and off. So go walking in the rain, then find a place to sit or stand and put them on. When the rain stops, take them off. Keep in mind that there will be few benches on the camino and lots of mud. Think of that mud on your boots as you change into/out of the pants.

I leave the pants at home!!
Amen.... If I am forced to use anything to cover my legs, it is a rain kilt. :)
 

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