Waterproof Shell Pants
Waterproof shell pants are an important part of an outdoors-woman’s garderobe. The thinnest, highly packable versions thrive in warmer conditions, whereas the sturdiest ones are great for ice climbing and arctic expeditions.
Two or three layers? Two layer pants tend to have a mesh liner or a fabric liner. The waterproof membrane itself is laminated to the surface fabric. Two layer pants are slightly warmer and slightly more comfortable to wear than three layer pants, provided that exertion levels are low to moderate. Three layer pants appear simpler, as all three layers (surface, membrane and liner) have been laminated together. The prime advantage of a three layer structure is that it provides minimal possibilities for moisture to gather. Three layer pants also tend to be more durable than two layer pants. Most three layer pants practically demand a long sleeve base layer because of the liner material.