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Katia Taam

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Camino(s) past & future
Every year, since 2000. Most times portuguese camino also twice the french camiño. Two time Le Puy .
Hi all
I´ll be on my way october/november so I do need a pair of watrproof pants.
Last time I walked I used a very light pair that had nice and practical zippers so I could put on and take off easily. The problem is I can´t remember wich was the brand. I recall it was a spanish one I´ve bought on amazon. I live in Brazil and there are not many options here.
Sugestions?
Thanks
 

David Tallan

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (1989 and 2016), Portugues - from Porto (2018)
When I walked in October I took a pair of light, quick drying pants and didn't worry about them being waterproof.
 

Geodoc

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (crossed Pyrenees then Sarria to SdC) 2018, Frances & Ingles Summer, 2019.
You could also try a rain kilt. I'll be trying one out this summer (if it rains while I'm walking).
 

dougfitz

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Spain: Mar 2010, Apr 2012, May/Jun 2016. Norway/Sweden: 2012, 2018. Other: 2011
In the past I have used three-layer membrane, gaiters and a two layer membrane. While not significantly lighter, I have pretty much settled on the two layer. My current ones are from Bergans of Norway, but there are many others on the market that should offer very similar rain and wind protection.

In colder conditions, they will work really well, but if it is warmer, there is always the issue that you will be pushing out hard enough to raise a sweat, and that moisture will be stopped from getting out as well as your waterproofs stop the rain getting in.
 

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
Hi all
I´ll be on my way october/november so I do need a pair of watrproof pants.
Last time I walked I used a very light pair that had nice and practical zippers so I could put on and take off easily. The problem is I can´t remember wich was the brand. I recall it was a spanish one I´ve bought on amazon. I live in Brazil and there are not many options here.
Sugestions?
Thanks
I use a rain skirt/kilt if I need more protection than my poncho provides.
 

Albertagirl

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015); Ch. d'Arles: Oloron Ste Marie to Aragones; Frances (2016); V.d.l.P.; Sanabres (2017)
I walk the caminos in October/November and took North Face rain pants for my latest walk, on the VdlP. The model is HyVent 2.5L. They weigh about 220 g. They can be put on or removed without taking off footwear, because of zippered legs. Most important, they are very breathable, so I have never sweated in them. And they are cozy to wear over pants on cold dry days. I shall be taking them again on my camino this autumn.
 

wynrich

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés 2013, 2014
Portugués 2016
Norte 1st half 2018
Norte 2nd half 2019
+ Via Francigena 2017
My husband and I mailed our rain pants home from Logroño. Not worth the weight. A hassle to take on and off. The next Camino we brought rain skirts. Light as a feather and work well in everything but a huge all-day downpour. And in our experience, those days are rare. (Maybe we have been lucky?)
 

Swift3

Member
Camino(s) past & future
CP, Porto to SdC, May/June 2016
I used 2 layer rain pants (Marmot Precips), and they were fine. But were I to do it again, I'd go with my silnylon rainskirt that I have since purchased, as many others have mentioned.
But, on our CP, my daughter and I became friends with a young woman who was traveling very light. She had a single pair of shorts, and had, for rainy weather, a rain skirt she made from a plastic garbage bag that she said worked amazingly well and weighed next to nothing. I think she used the cinch straps that were part of the bag to tie it around her waist, then just cut the bottom open. There she is on the right, at the Ponte de Lima bridge statue.
 

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MichelleElynHogan

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The rain kilt has only been around for a few years but are growing in popularity as they are really all that us needed. And, nothing provides greater breathability.

Having said that, it looks like, "LIGHT," rain pants with a zippered leg for ease of putting on or taking off, would be the next best option. Keeping fry under the protective layer is so essential. If perspiration cannot vent out, it will make you as cold as if you never had a rain layer.
 

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