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Excellent value without being "Land Of Quid" cheap 'n' nasty.
on 20 November 2013
Waterproof cycling trousers can be an awkward compromise. I have a pertex pair which keep even heavy downpours out, but are unlined, and like sails (despite being the correct size for me) which is fine if the wind is behind, but really hard work with side and head winds. Also, being self-conscious, I do not like wearing them to wander around in town, because they are not exactly stylish.
These Tenn trousers have proven to be perfect for my needs.
FIT: I bought the size to fit me and they are neither restrictive or baggy. "Quadzilla", or the average prop-forward would find them a little tight. I can fit jeans underneath, without too much bother, but I would suggest a size up, if the intention is to use them frequently as true over-trousers. The fact that they are on the narrow side is excellent for reducing wind resistance. Although the waist is elasticated (with rubber "grippers" in the hem for each hip), there is a zip and popper fastening for the waist which means they are a much neater fit then elastic-only trousers. The leg length suits me perfectly, but very tall thin people would probably not find a standard size to fit them well.
WEATHER PROOFING: Certainly wind-resistant. Two (25-mile) rides in sub 10 Deg C with only cycling shorts underneath. No problem with the cold, and the mesh lining meant they were not unpleasant to wear. On one of the rides (for the last five miles) I was in a heavy shower of rain which did not penetrate the material. (Because I prefer to enjoy my rides, I don't have any intention of testing them to their limit. But if I am out in them and get caught in a cloudburst, I will add to this review.) "Breathability" is subjective. All I can say for certain is that although I have not tested them in summer rain, the insides were not horribly sweaty after 25 miles of relatively hard riding.
STYLING: Apart from the necessarily baggy backside (cut for cycling, not for looking cool whilst leaning nonchalantly against walls), they are not bad. As can be seen in the pictures, the knees are pleated (again for a better fit whilst on a bike), and the leg zips and hook&loop straps allow decent adjustment of the lower sections. I didn't mind wandering around town the other day in them (unlike with my pertex pair which are more like two dustbin liners).
OVERALL: If I win a load of money, I might try some of the £100+ trousers, but in the meantime, I am more than happy with these at around the £30 mark. They appear to be really well made (only time will reveal weaknesses in the manufacture). The fact that there are two good-sized (zipped) front pockets (not mentioned in the blurb above) adds to the appeal as really usable waterproof trousers.