Like many Vaude products the Birch Rain Pants are made from Bluesign-approved fabric, so they’re guaranteed to be made from sustainable materials and use resource-friendly production methods. The fabric is a 2.5-layer Ceplex Active, which is a PU-coated nylon. Like all 2.5-layer fabrics this can feel clammier than 3-layer fabrics or trousers with mesh linings, but with modern synthetic trousers that are quite water-resistant worn underneath, this isn’t a major problem in my experience. The waist is an elasticated design with an elasticated drawcord and toggle. There’s no fly zip or press stud opening though. The legs get a 40cm long zip, which makes it easier to get these on over boots than some other trousers. This zip also gets a wide external stormflap that’s held in place with large Velcro tabs that have reflective material on them, so you can be seen at night. These tabs also allow the lower leg to be tightened to prevent material flapping around. For me the fit of the Vaude Birch Rain Pants was great without tightening those straps, and overall these had a good fit in all areas, being neither too tight nor too baggy.
Material 2.5-layer PU-coated nylon Bluesign-approved
Men’s sizes S-XXXL plus 2 leg lengths
Women’s sizes none
Weight 239g (size L, reg length)
Vaude Birch Rain Pants are ‘environmentally friendly’ trousers that are lightweight and well-priced. Some extra features would be nice, but for most walkers these are a great choice.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine April 2014