/ Salopettes or Overtrousers?
A question- salopettes. I was wondering whether anyone could advise. Reading manufacturers websites is always misleading as they seem to assume you know what you need already.
I went Scottish Winter climbing at the weekend (and had an awesome first time in Scotland) and brought some of the cheap Regatta waterproof trousers. Similar design to a normal trouser, but baggy and waterproof, and very compact. I found it really hard to get them on over my boots and crampons and ended up leaving them off. When we were practicing ice axe arrests on steep ground, I found myself cutting my chest as the hard snow lifted up my coat and cut me.
My guide suggested getting some Salopettes as they are better in the snow.
I was just wondering whether they are better or whether I just need a different form of overtrouser? Would you use them in the UK only or do you use them all over? Any thoughts? Any type in particular I need
Personally a wear waterproof sellopettes all the time when winter climbing, and on the walk ins. Full length zips means you don't have to sweat.
For Scotish Winters I always wear saloppetes with thermal or merino legging underneath- always keeps me warm and dry.
Have worn soft shells in The Alps- they are more comfortable but are not fully waterproof and would not contemplate using them in Scotland.
Thanks for the info Bob. I have contemplated using a similar system so think I may invest in some salopettes. I may be mistaken, but I think I know your son Tom!
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