Unfortunately I have yet to make it out afield this year and the cold wet El Nino winter that was predicted has yet to materialize. In anticipation of it though, I have purchased another pair of warm pants from the German hunting apparel company, Rascher
. These will be my second pair of pants from this company, my first were written about here
. Those pants have served me well both in the uplands and the wetlands. Unlike the old pair these new pants are all wool throughout and are lined for maximum warmth.
Just like the old pair, these pants include a cargo pocket with a knife holder on the right hand side. The cargo pocket is secured via two buttons.
In addition there are three zippered security pockets, two rear and one key located in the front right hand pocket. I like these feathers as I can be assured that my keys won't fall out of my pockets while kneeling or resting.
While the virgin wool is soft to the touch, the quilted lining adds not only warmth but additional comfort. The lining runs the entire pants.
These Raschers include some elasticity for expansion at the waist. I found the sizing in the last pair rather snug and had to return my order and exchange it for one that was one size up to feel comfortable. The wool pants however were sized more closely to American standards. I ordered my normal size and felt it is a tad tighter than I'd prefer but not too bad as to exchange them. I did order a pair for my old man who wears a size up from me and I tried those but felt them a little too loose.
Not surprisingly construction of these pants are very good. There is double material on all the highly worn areas such as the seat and at the knees. It is also double stitched at that these areas as well. These Polish made German pants do not come cheap. They currently retail for $298 but I managed to get 30% off after receiving a coupon in my inbox. If the last El Nino winter is any indication of what we can expect, I suspect these pants will get quite some use this season.