Dare2be Overlay (2015)


The four-way stretch fabric should improve comfort and the desire to wear Dare2be Overlay overtrousers all day. They also have an elasticated waist with elasticated drawcord. Full-length side zips with external stormflaps are also provided and there is a mesh lining in the waist and hip area, but this does not extend down the legs and the trousers are quite heavy at 467g (size L). 4/5


Dare2be Overlay overtrousers are available in unisex sizes from XXS to XXL but with no women’s cut. Full-length side zips make them easy to get on and that elasticated waist and drawcord helps the fit. The knees are articulated too and these did fit me well overall, but do check fit before buying – particularly if you’re taller, shorter or female. 4/5


That stretch material should and does make Dare2be Overlay overtrousers more comfortable and less restrictive than other trousers. The mesh lining around the waist area improves comfort further, but they could get a little clammy in the thighs where there is no lining. The Ared Stretch material is not as breathable as higher-priced options. But the trousers are reasonably comfy. 4/5

In use

I was hesitant about Dare2be Overlay overtrousers at first, but I have grown to like them. They have just the right blend of features, the fit is great over boots, the cut is not too baggy and the material feels quite durable too. They are a little heavy, so not the best for carrying in a rucksack, but they are a great all-rounder if you value that stretch material and they fit you. 4/5


Stretch materials add to the price, but you are getting long zips too and so Dare2be Overlay overtrousers compare very favourably with others at this price. 4/5


With Dare2be Overlay overtrousers you get improved comfort from stretch materials and good zips. Pity there’s no leg length choice or women’s fit, though; and they’re heavy. 4.0/5

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine April 2015