Rohan Dry Roamers
Waterproof Trousers for Women
Product Review / Walking Gear Test
Dry Roamers Waterproof Trousers for Women
Colours: Black, Moorland
Sizes: 8-18 (Regular or Long)
Features to Note:
- Fabric: 94% polyamide, 6% elastane outer with DWR™, 100% polyester with Barricade™
- Barricade™ waterproof liner.
- Active Diffusion™ breathability technology.
- Zip fly with waterproof gusset.
Rohan's Dry Roamers are really well-cut walking trousers with Rohan's own waterproof and breathable liner.
The first thing I noticed is that these certainly don't look - or feel - like typical waterproof trousers. The fabric is very comfortable next to your skin and the outer surface also has a relatively soft feel to it - with not too much rustle!
They sit just below the waist and the fit is true to size. I was wearing the Regular length - I'm 5'7'' and this was just right for me - the trousers sat just on my boots without any annoying flapping around my ankles. The non-elasticated waistband is nicely lined, fastens with a single 'popper' and has runners for a belt - but alas the trousers aren't supplied with one.
There's a good selection of pockets: two warmly lined hand-warmer side pockets one of which includes a zipped security pocket plus a longer zipped pocket in the left leg which you can access without lifting up your jacket.
The fabric has a slight vertical stretch to it and this in combination with the articulation around the knees provided really excellent freedom of movement when climbing over stiles, fences etc.
I've worn them on several October/November walking trips around the Trough of Bowland and in the Peak District often in some quite heavy rain plus wind and found both the waterproofness and windproofness to be very good. In some unseasonably warm - albeit wet - Autumn weather (ca 15 degrees C), though, I did find that my legs were feeling a little clammy ( I do tend to 'run hot'!) - however this did reduce over time, which as far as I can tell is how the Active Diffusion technology is supposed to work.
There's no reinforcement at the seat or around the knees - but it's a little early to comment on the trouser's durability; so far the fabric is not showing any signs of wear and tear.
They've washed well and dried very quickly plus the overall quality of finish looks to be very high.
Rohan's Dry Roamers are flatteringly cut, waterproof walking trousers that I think are good-looking enough for general outdoor leisure wear. Whilst you probably won't wear these for mountain walking or in very challenging winter conditions, the Dry Roamers are a relatively stylish option for hill or fell walking - whatever the UK weather subjects you to - during the Autumn, Spring or on warmer Winter days.
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