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Mike Clelland
(mikeclelland) - MLife

Locale: The Tetons (via Idaho)
Where do you get TYVEC pants? on 04/23/2010 09:18:51 MDT Print View


I am very interested to try using TYVEC pants.

The only ones I can find on-line require me ordering them in bulk. I don't need 50, I just need one!

Anyplace to look???

Mike C!

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Where do you get TYVEk pants? on 04/23/2010 09:23:20 MDT Print View

Home Depot - Throw-away Painters Pants/Coveralls
Don't know which Tyvek it is, only that it is.

Or Here

Edited by greg23 on 04/23/2010 09:27:16 MDT.

Nate Powell
(powell1nj) - F

Locale: North Carolina
Tyvek pants on 04/23/2010 09:49:32 MDT Print View

You can also check out They've got just about any type of tyvek clothing you could want. You can buy singles. Shipping is a little high (in comparison to the price of the pants) but it's still inexpensive. I just bought 4 pair of pants and it was <$20. Cheers.

Edited by powell1nj on 04/23/2010 09:57:09 MDT.

Roger Munsey
(8100LT) - MLife

Locale: Cincinnati, Ohio
This is the place! on 04/23/2010 09:54:58 MDT Print View

I just received a pair. If I remember, right around 2oz for a large. Shipping was very resonable. They also have Tyvek boots, XL fits over my 11.5 EE well. Textured vinyl soles, and coverage about half way up my calf. Again about 2oz.
US Plastics Tyvek Pants

Edited by 8100LT on 05/08/2010 16:19:33 MDT.

Casey Bowden
(clbowden) - MLife

Locale: Berkeley Hills
Re: Where do you get TYVEK pants? on 04/23/2010 10:13:42 MDT Print View


Please sell Tyvek pants in your online store.

James Patsalides
( - MLife

Locale: New England
re: Where do you get TYVEC pants? on 04/23/2010 10:31:09 MDT Print View

Hi Mike,
How's it going? If you need 'em quick, some traditional camping stores have DriDucks-style tyvek suits (pants & jacket), I think Coleman brand had one at the Dicks Sporting Goods near me. They might even have them at the WalMart or Target in the camping sections. I made a rain skirt (like your yellow one) from a pair of DriDucks pants.

The painter's tyvek (mentioned above) from Home Depot is the thinner tyvek - doesn't have the shiny layer on one side like the DriDucks-style. Looks pretty geeky in white too (not that that would bother you from what I remember!)...

Are you thinking of wearing tyvek pants instead of hiking pants or as a rain barrier???

Cheers, James.

Mike Clelland
(mikeclelland) - MLife

Locale: The Tetons (via Idaho)
thanks! on 04/23/2010 11:42:34 MDT Print View

Wow - Huge thanks! Quick responses (whew)

I figured for 2 oz, and a low price, these would be fun to test.

Mike C!

Brendan West

Locale: Northeast Pennsylvania
U.S. Plastics Corp. on 04/23/2010 23:07:08 MDT Print View

WOW good call on U.S. Plastics!

I just ordered a pair of Tyvek trousers, a Tyvek shirt and Tyvek booties. Cost me about $15, but it will be interesting to see how I can use these in my system.

I'm thinking for the summer the trousers will be great for "it's too cold for shorts now that it's dark but all I brought were these running shorts"-o'-clock.

And the trousers AND shirt might be perfect to wear over my puffy jacket and trousers while sitting by the fire on those way-too-cold nights, so the embers don't burn holes in them.

Dunno what I can do with the booties, but I'll try 'em out!

Frank Deland

Locale: On the AT in VA
Fogg Toggs on 05/03/2010 06:53:23 MDT Print View

Fogg Togs are a close relative of tyvek.;jsessionid=OQL1PBJ1QD4LXLAQBBJSCOFMCAEFIIWE?id=0000244921485a&type=product&cmCat=froogle&cm_ven=data_feed&cm_cat=froogle&cm_pla=0250101&cm_ite=0000244921485a&_requestid=13684

Edited by rambler on 05/03/2010 06:54:41 MDT.

Christopher Plesko
(Pivvay) - F

Locale: Rocky Mountains
tyvek pants and jackets on 05/03/2010 08:16:55 MDT Print View

I have a few sets still. PM/email me if you want some. They're cheap, I just bought a few at once so I didn't pay a ton in shipping. I think i have a few different sizes still.

Thomas Burns
(nerdboy52) - MLife

Locale: "Alas, poor Yogi.I knew him well."
Great find! on 05/03/2010 09:06:30 MDT Print View

>I just ordered a pair of Tyvek trousers, a Tyvek shirt and Tyvek booties. Cost me about $15, but it will be interesting to see how I can use these in my system.

Me, too. At such a low weight and cost, these may be the answer to my parsimonious dreams.

The boot covers will be especially useful for the nasty stream crossings in the Wayne National Forest in Ohio. The place is remote, but some of the stream crossings are pretty nasty with chemical run-off from mining operations up in the hills. The Tyvec booties may just turn the trick.


James Patsalides
( - MLife

Locale: New England
re: Where do you get TYVEC pants? on 05/03/2010 09:24:27 MDT Print View

Dumb question: Anyone tried treating tyvec with permethrin or something like that to protect from ticks/mosquitos?

Thomas Burns
(nerdboy52) - MLife

Locale: "Alas, poor Yogi.I knew him well."
Insect treatments on 05/03/2010 09:32:41 MDT Print View

I can't imagine that the soaking treatment would work very well on Tyvec. The tyvec ground cloth I've been using is pretty pretty water resistant. You'd have a hard time getting the deep soak-through needed. And if you did, you'd be facing the fact that the stuff is essentially paper, which probably wouldn't survive the experience.

Still, I may cut off a piece of my ground cloth and give it a go, just for the halibut.


James Patsalides
( - MLife

Locale: New England
re: Where do you get TYVEC pants? on 05/03/2010 09:37:02 MDT Print View

Cool, let me know what happens! I was just imagining the attack of some aggressive biters in the summer... if tyvec'll hold permethrin, maybe it could replace hiking pants altogther... :-)

Peace, James.

Konrad .
(Konrad1013) - MLife
tyvek boot covers on 05/03/2010 11:23:21 MDT Print View

Does anyone know how these are sized? Im a 9.5... which is usually a L in gaiters, but I have no clue what size to get for these boot covers. Thanks!

John Addleman
(Jaddleman) - F

Locale: Boulder
tyvek socks on 05/03/2010 11:33:54 MDT Print View

More economical than Rockies GTX?

Konrad .
(Konrad1013) - MLife
tyvek socks on 05/03/2010 12:22:04 MDT Print View

John, not sure if they will work that way...these are pretty baggy, and will be wrinkly when its in your shoe. Wrinkles can lead to blisters in my experience. THe rocky goretex ones are very snug fitting from what I can tell on the other hand.

My idea is to use these in the winter. Instead of having to put on my boots to take a leak, I'll just slip these over my sleeping socks or down socks.

Also I like Thomas' idea of usin em for stream crossings

Edited by Konrad1013 on 05/03/2010 12:23:10 MDT.

Thomas Burns
(nerdboy52) - MLife

Locale: "Alas, poor Yogi.I knew him well."
Got my tyvec outfit today -- wowzers! on 05/04/2010 18:02:08 MDT Print View

>Does anyone know how these {the boot covers} are sized? Im a 9.5... which is usually a L in gaiters, but I have no clue what size to get for these boot covers.

Get them big. I ordered a medium and a large in the Tyvec booties just to see. I normally take a 9.5 shoe, but I had to upsize to a 10.5 to get a proper fit in my New Balance MT100's and my Inov8 Mudclaws.

The mediums fit perfectly over my 9.5 Vibram Five Fingers. The mediums fail on the minimally lugged MT100's, but the larges just barely slip over the lugs and fit perfectly when they are on.

The larges fail to slip over the large lugs of the Mudclaws. I'll have to get some extra larges for that purpose. Hey, at a couple of bucks/ pair, you can't go wrong with these -- cheap and light!

The shirt and pants are fabulous at just 2 oz. each. They look just as water repellant as my Dry Ducks at a considerable reduction in weight. What they lack is a hood/ head protection. I'll slip an oven bag over my Visor Buff (and under the rim of the Buff), and I'll have the same rain protection as a full Dry Ducks suit at less than 5 oz. I can also wear the outfit (sans oven bag) when I'm in town laundering my clothes. Thus, I won't need extra clothes (except perhaps for a spare pair of sock liners), and I'm good to go for a long-distance hike.

BTW, the piece of Tyvec ground cover that I dunked in water (to see if I could Permethrin it) didn't absorb the liquid very well. Tyvec may be paper, but it's impregnated (not coated) with plastic. It makes a pretty good rain suit, and the booties look to be a pretty good way to ford a chemically tainted river or to wear around camp, but as your main hiking clothes, they leave something to be desired (too flimsy for the long haul).

I'll try to get them out this weekend for a little overnight. Here's hoping for torrential rain! ;-)


P.S. Handy hint: A cheap, light, and effective rain hood can be made out of a brimmed hat (which you're probably wearing anyway) and a large-sized Reynolds oven bag. I use a Visor Buff (original version) in pirate mode. Slip the edge of the bag under the rim of the visor and the rest of the bag over your head and down over your neck. It's perfect, perfectly cheap, and ultra-super-duper-light.

Go, buy a $200 rain outfit. Or spend less than 10 bucks on a Tyvec outfit and an oven bag. (Take along a bit o' the old duct tape if you choose the latter. Every silver splotch on your rain gear is a medal of honor.

Ben Egan

Locale: The Grid, Brooklyn
Tyvek! on 05/04/2010 19:06:03 MDT Print View

I also just got in my tyvek yesterday.

Wowzers is a great way to describe my initial impressions. I purchased a suit (hood, boots w/ grip on bottom, elasticized cuffs, zip up, much like a onezie) two pairs of boots and two pairs of pants. Grand total of about 30 dollars including shipping.

My main interest is in the rain pants, and perhaps the boots. I have to admit the 4 dollar suit was mostly for fun and maybe car camping trips. I'm a giant white mass in the thing.

My first impressions are that these items were definitely made to be used for chemical purposes. I need to seal the seams and probably elasticize the cuffs at the bottoms of the pants.

To test them, I'm going to have my brother spray with a hose the next couple days. I'm pretty impressed with their weight, and I really hope they work. If I can't get them to work, then I'm only out 30 bucks and still have a great suit for whatever the heck.

Should I post pics and report on my testing? I don't want to go overboard, but I'd be happy to if anyone has any interest.

Again, I bought my tyvek at and all was very straightforward and simple.

Oh! Sizing wasn't complicated either! I'm 6'0" and about 170 pounds. Size large suit, size large pants, and size large boots for my size 11.5 feet. Everything fits pretty baggy (because it goes over other clothes) but measurements are about normal as they come IMHO.

Talbot Hardman

Locale: Rocky Mountains
report on deluge testing on 05/05/2010 07:28:11 MDT Print View


I would be interested in hearing about your report. This discussion has piqued my interest in Tyvek for rain pants. I live in western Colorado and I rarely need rain pants, but when I am travelling to higher elevations I would like to have some rain pants in my pack for insurance. I have been holding off because I don't want to spend a bunch of money on a piece of equipment that I will rarely use. Alas, my wind pants, that have been serving as my "rain pants" for the last several years, are on their last legs. I just ordered some Tyvek pants (and some dropper bottles) from US Plastics last night. At $2.00/pair I figure they are worth the experiment.