Sprayway Walking Rainpants are slightly better than some lower-priced options as they have a mesh lining to improve comfort. The fabric is Sprayway’s HydroDry, which can’t boast the same lab test results for breathability as higher-priced trousers, but thanks to that mesh lining it’s a good, comfortable option if you’re on a budget. In terms of design you get an elasticated waist with a drawcord tie and a fleece-lined waistband for a little more comfort – again a feature that few other trousers can offer at this price or higher. The leg zips are nice and long, so they extend to the top of the thigh and allow these to easily fit over boots, or to be vented from the top if required. Those zips aren’t the most water-resistant variety but they do get good flaps on the outside and a huge internal flap, so leaks in this area are unlikely. You even get a small degree of articulation in the leg to improve the fit a little, and there’s a press stud adjustment at the ankle cuff if you want a little more control. Sprayway Walking Rainpants are heavier than most options, but I like the blend of fabrics and features and their price, as collectively they’re great for general hillwalking.
Material HydroDry polyester
Men’s sizes S-XXXL
Women’s sizes none
Weight 475g (size L)
Mesh linings with good long zips and a great price make Sprayway Walking Rainpants very attractive to hillwalkers, with the main drawback being the weight.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine April 2014