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    Posted: 10 Nov 2010 at 1:38pm

I'm a bit of a sucker for kit and gadgets so when I saw these trousers about a year ago I knew I needed them

Since 1992 I have worked in some horrendous conditions in very strange places and gone through tons of kit, Berghaus, Rab, Mountain Equipment, Arcterix, North face (before they became fashionable!), Helly hansen, and others. Only a few items remain and stood up to the task. I'm now back to Paramo after a few years of rather steadier work in London! For anyone after a jacket that will last 10+ years, Paramo might be the way - I digress though!!!

Well, finally I broke and got them heres my review for what its worth!

General construction:

Great, these trousers are suede like in texture and apperance, very soft and quiet and the fabric is lined with a breathable waterproof membrane - that I didn't know about until I took the kneepads out to clean them! There is a mesh 'inner liner' for comfort, didn't really notice any discomfort though!

Pockets, great too, the cargo pockets zip open so you can get lenses and bulky kit in (they come with removable felt covered padding to protect kit)
Normal slit type handwarmer pockets, nice and deep. A small zipped pocket with D ring above each of these, I kept my 'dirty and clean' (Left and right pocket) cleaning cloths in these.
Below the slit pockets are two more zipped pockets, they must be about 8 inches deep, with a nylon 'organiser pocket sewn onto the trouser leg for pens, cleaning pen or anything 'pen shaped'...
A dual CF dedicated 'pocket'(flap) on right leg, you cant use the CF protective case as a CF card is nice and snug, SD card in a case, no problems, secured with thick black elastic.

Two side zip vents which worked really well in the hip area, as these trousers do keep you warm!

Knee pads - awsome, just great, no pain from prolonged kneeling and shifting about on knees on rocks was no issue at all!

Waterproofing - I got caught out whilst on the coast and ended up knee deep in sea water wearing just walking boots and the trousers, I don't know what witchcraft they employ but not a drop of water got in to the boots, they formed a seal around the top of the boots and kept me dry (luck more than design I'm sure!)

General rain / wind / weather. Trousers performed great, kept me warm and dry, sitting on wet grass, kneeling in wet sand and scrambling about on wet rocks.

Only had one fault, there are two loops for hanging pouches etc and the right one broke almost instantly (withought anything hanging on it!) but it looks like the end of the webbing had been sewn too close to the edge, I've stiched this up and made a much more useful loop to keep a karibina on for keys, pocket first aid kit etc...

"Image". I initially thought they would look 'geeky' but they look just like normal cargo outdoor trousers, the stealth gear logo on the left pocket is a little too much for my liking and not very 'stealthy' but hey, minor critisism! They don't make you stand out, which I like and they are truly comfortable.

Sizing, I went with the small short leg (30-35 waist) I recon I must have been thinking back to school days with my waist measurements, I recon I should have gone for a medium!
There are two 'sinch' type velcro straps on the waste and the trousers are secured by velcro instead of a button so there is a bit of adjustment if your in conditions where your weight may fluctuate!
Buttons for a pair of braces too, but for me, thats too far!!

They initially felt a little tight and I thought I'd be selling them or trying to get a replacement set but the fit seemed to get better everytime I wore them.

Ended up wearing them all week in Wales and a couple of short trips out on the South Downs, great piece of kit.

Washing is is a bit of a nightmare, 40 degrees, no spin, no tumble dryer etc so its about a 2 day dry normal temperatures unless you have a drying cupboard handy. They recommend nickwax wash like Paramo kit

Not sure what they will be like in summer or warmer weather as they were nice and snug, think they will be too warm but will have to wait and see!

I'm not linked to stealth gear but would recommend them to anyone, simply fantastic bit of kit

Got mine from Warehouse express, top service also as usual! they are quite expensive but when you see the detail that has gone into them you can easily justify the price, think these will last a long, long time.

Hope this review was useful for anyone browsing for kit

The urbans are fairly new so I may be setting a trend

http://www.stealth-gear.com/products/photography-clothing/extreme-range/urban/photographers-trousers.html
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Wow, these are THE Trousers I want!
Thank you for sharing this info :)
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Sid

great review and thanks for posting it.


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Hi Sid

Thank you very much for the awesome and helpful review!

I guess I will get myself a pair soon...

Cheers

Mr. Blue


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I am very like to wear fashionable trousers. Your suggestion is very helpful.
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