If you are paddling or boating in cold, wet or windy weather, keeping your legs warm in waterproof and windproof pants greatly enhances your enjoyment. Particularly if you are out fishing from your kayak or dinghy, cooling down from sitting waiting for a bite!
The '3L' refers to the 3 layers of the Hydrus fabric:
- A super tough nylon woven outer layer provides long lasting abrasion protection and features a durable water repellent (DWR) coating which repels water.
- The mid-layer utilizes a proprietary polyurethane micro-porous coating, allowing water vapor to transfer from the inner layer to the outer.
- The soft, knit polyester inner layer is engineered to help manage moisture, moving it from the inside out.
Expeditioning in damp locations, where it is sometimes difficult to get gear dry, these Kokatat Hydrus 3L Tempest pants with socks ensure that your clothing stays dry and comfy to put back on the next day. This is a benefit not to be underestimated as we know from paddling in 'summer' in the SW Tasmanian Wilderness of Bathurst Harbour - beautiful landscapes - very damp and misty!
They also great to keep you dry in camp and in breaks when you are standing around out of the kayak.
These pants are breathable and like any shell-wear, you should wear a thermal layer next to your skin to help wick the moisture/perspiration away. Don't forget socks!
These pants are generously cut so they are comfortable sitting down and have a neoprene waist with velcro to tighten the fit, and also around the ankle. A front relief zip is also an option.
Care and Maintenance
After use in salt water you should always rinse down the outside of the pants in fresh water.
Always take care of when putting on dry pants and dry suits that you are treating the socks kindly - do not step onto gravel or other sharp surfaces and always wear shoes / wet shoes / booties. It is a great idea to carry some protective sheet or cloth to stand on when getting changed in and out of the pants.
If you do eventually put a pin hole in your suit or just through wear and tear over time, the hole is repairable using Aquaseal.