Ok - it's been nearly one year and I have put the pants through their paces. A few really good Aussie storms, lots of drizzly rain, carted around Europe for 3 months and shoved in and out of bags, folded, squished and generally abused. They have not leaked yet!
For use in Oz it was probably 1-2 hours at a time but for Europe I was sometimes in them 6-7 hours a day. I was blessed with great weather in Europe, but often wore them for the wind resistance factor. All up probably I've had them on about 2-3 dozen times.
All wet weather pants seem to be made from the same material - white plastic coating on a nylon fabric. Every pair of pants I have ever had has failed when the white coating starts to disintergrate. Whether this is from normal wear and tear or from trying to put them on and off with motorcycle boots, they have all failed eventually.
The NaxSax have extra plastic tape down every seam and have never suffered from motorcycle boots scraping away on the inside but as you can see from the photos the white coating has begun to come away right beside the tape.
As yet, I have not been in heavy enough rain for this to be a problem, but it's only a matter of time. I'll patch this up with Duct tape and see if I can get another season out of them.
They are bulky - very bulky - and unless you are very very careful about folding them up properly and stowing them in their own bag, the velcro catches on everything! There are four lots of velcro on the waist and one on each ankle and they all get snagged on every other bit of themselves and your gloves, neckwarmers, towels etc.
The zips are strong and slide easily and never failed once. Sometimes it was fiddly to get the catch in properly and get the zip started but that's probably my impatience more than anything.
They are exceedingly comfortable, particularly around the folded knees. The elastic waitband was a great kidney belt and very warm.
And most of all they are brilliantly easy to get on and off for someone like me who can't balance on one leg. The design concept is still strong and with a few modifications I would buy another pair.
The only sticking point is the cost. $100 for 12-18 months of protection. If you don't have a disability, opting for the cheaper alternative might be more economical. But they ALL fail eventually.
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