/ Winter layers, lower half
I wear I synthetic baselayer and some ME Karakorums. Full length zips allow for ventilation. I normally open both zips a few inches at the top, and works well.
VR is meant to keep you warm when wet not dry.
VR is very good for a cheapish pair of pants.
For the last few yrs Ive used Mammut Base Jump which I think are very good..if things get wet the over trousers go on.....I wore vapour rise trousers for a few yrs which are fleece lined and very tough outer but do wet out quickly....only required thermals when very very cold.....
I havent been ice climbing, but i wear cycling longs, that have a very thin fleece lining under regular trekking trousers for wet cold winter walks. Also wear them a lot underneath my drysuit when kayaking. The bibs are great for protecting the lower back from wind. Never actually feel that cold wearing these,even when standing round climbing as three.
Soft shells are probably fine for the good days in Scotland. The decathalon ones are.good in My experience.
I wear a North face salopettes that I purchased in 2002 (dont know their name) they are quite heavy but work well. They have full length zips which I open fully when walking in and out. I wear nothing underneath other than my underpants.
I personally find that I dont think too much for layering on my lower half in the UK. Its doesn't get cold enough for long enough to impact my legs, even when sitting on a belay for an hour or so. I layer the top half, wear good socks on my feet with good boots and my legs just get what ever I feel like wearing on the day.
The salopettes with nothing underneath work well for me. My other choice is low alpine base layer tights (£10) and a light waterproof trouser over the top (£7 Karrimor) works a treat, and has never leaked, or not been warm enough.....So far!!
Go with what your are comfortable with. Trial and error came up with my current methods I have technical soft shell trousers costing the best part of £100 and I never wear them.
Powershield or neoshell trousers/bib with side zips and no unbreathable inner gaiters, thinnest baselayer possible, powerstretch boxers if its really cold.
All with matching access zips for taking a dump.
Never seen in person powershield or neoshell.
Would you carry hardshell pants in either case? I notice neoshell is apparently waterproof.
Paramo Cascadias (or the cioch direct custom made alternative if your feeling flush)
Had mine for years, taken them out in all-sorts of weather and cant swear by them enough, even if they are now mainly ducktape. Nothing else needed (except boxers!- I'm not a real scotsman)
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