Fabric for rain pants in the UK
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Alex Broekhof
(meppo) - F

Locale: Dolomites, Yosemite
Fabric for rain pants in the UK on 04/30/2011 03:11:02 MDT Print View

I've been looking into making myself a pair of rain pants, but I'm not sure which fabric I should get. The two big outdoor fabric suppliers here seem to be


For WPB fabrics in black, profabrics offers Skylon, which they say is similar to Pertex (not sure which kind). Pennine's WPB selection is even more vague--names like P42, P32, etc. I'm reluctant to order any of these without some advice first. I've heard Pertex soaks through pretty quickly as well.

Should I just go with something not breathable to be safe?
Are there any other fabric suppliers in the UK I should look at? (Or in Europe I suppose)

Thanks for your help.

Khader Ahmad
(337guanacos) - F

Locale: Pirineos, Sierra de la Demanda
The best one I've found on 04/30/2011 03:37:17 MDT Print View


Samuel C. Farrington
(scfhome) - M

Locale: Chocorua NH, USA
"Fabric for rain pants in the UK" on 04/30/2011 20:42:42 MDT Print View

How much weight (grams per square meter) are you willing to carry. I did obtain one of the waterproof breathables from the UK, and it tested very waterproof by Roger Caffin; but it was on the heavy side. Please post your minimum acceptable weight, and if the above fabric meets it, I will dig up the details and post them.

Nigel Parrish
(nigelp) - F
Site on 05/01/2011 08:55:47 MDT Print View

Fabrics-n-stuff some times have a few decent bits an peices on offer. Cheap as well if uiu want to have a test with some fabric.
What about this : http://www.fabrics-n-stuff.co.uk/product_info.php?cPath=107&products_id=901&osCsid=bautj8qnucqp7hi9907e15n291


Alex Broekhof
(meppo) - F

Locale: Dolomites, Yosemite
Re: "Fabric for rain pants in the UK" on 05/01/2011 09:30:50 MDT Print View

I'm not exactly sure what my limit is. I'm going to be hiking in the Dolomites--last year it rained once, but we all wished we had brought rain pants. That being said, SUL is not essential--I'm looking for good performance as well.

I'm pretty new to MYOG so all these fabrics are somewhat overwhelming--not sure where to start.

Perhaps this is a good choice?

Anyone had experience with this fabric?

Edited by meppo on 05/01/2011 09:36:06 MDT.

Samuel C. Farrington
(scfhome) - M

Locale: Chocorua NH, USA
Alex, on 05/03/2011 00:24:58 MDT Print View

The material I mentioned was from Profabrics, and is 2.3 oz per sq. yd. Roger found that with the fabric face to the water, it stayed dry to 60 kPa, or around 6000mm HH, which is very water resistant, especially for a fabric represented as waterproof breathable. It is a light greenish blue with an odd pattern in the weave, and a white inner coat. If you want, I can look through my old bills, find the stock no. or other ID, and see if they still have it on their site. But that would take quite a bit of time.

Alex Broekhof
(meppo) - F

Locale: Dolomites, Yosemite
Re: Alex, on 05/05/2011 01:32:48 MDT Print View

Ha, I can't really tell if you are offering or not! Yes, I would appreciate it? If it's too much trouble, don't worry about it.