Quite heavy and bulky and as such the Striders are best-suited to all-day wear rather than emergency use. They come with a mesh liner that makes them feel comfortable, even without anything beneath. Very weatherproof, with excellent DWR, and they breathe well too. They have full-length leg-zips – ideal for easy pulling on and/or ventilation. Against them, the waist relies on Velcro rather than a drawcord for adjustment, and the large sample tested was huge: long and very baggy.
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