Product review: Hein Gericke overtrousers
Hein Gericke overtrousers (superseded by Basic II Rain Pants £25.99)
Miles covered/time: 2000/seven years
What’s good? These trousers lurk at the bottom of my rucksack, year in, year out, ready to be called into action once the heavens open.
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About seven years down the line they are still just as waterproof as they were the day I got them.
Zips on the lower legs allow you to (just about) put them on without removing your boots and elasticated hems ensure a good seal around your boot.
They don’t flap around too much at speed either.
What’s not? Being old-style waterproofs they aren’t breathable, so conditions can turn tropical if the weather improves or you have to go inside out of the rain – I really suffered when I got stuck in a queue at Morrisons.
Occasionally the zips snag on the lining, but this is a fairly rare occurrence.
These particular trousers have been discontinued but Hein Gericke’s Basic II kit looks to have a similar spec.