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Helter Skelters

Waterproof-breathable 3/4 rain pants
NZ$169
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Out-of-control rain pants for committed commuters, the playfully insane and long distance tourers. Three-quarter length styling makes 'em easy to pull on and off, enhances breathability, avoids chain suck and reduces bulk when stashed. HydroFoil fabric shields your thighs from deluges and your bum from rear wheel splatter.


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Lightweight waterproof-breathable 2.5 layer HydroFoil fabric with fully tape-sealed seams for maximum waterproofness.
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Zipped fly with gripper elastic waist keeps them hitched up.
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One piece gusseted crutch.
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Articulated knees.
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Velcro speed tabs at cuffs.
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Zipped rear pocket.
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Turns into itself to form a tidy package in your backpack or pannier.
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Hazard!™ reflective labels.
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Waterproofness: 20,000 mm hydrostatic head with durable water-repellent finish.
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Breathability: 15,000 gm per sqm per 24hrs.
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Weight: 230 gm.
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Made by us in New Zealand.

Why 3/4 and not full length overtrou?

> We've extensively tested both full length and 3/4 waterproof pants over the last few years and have concluded that wearing 3/4's more often than not provides the best trade-off between functionality and performance. In particular the ability to avoid overheating when out riding in the Helter Skelters, which is a major sticking point when wearing full length overtrou.

Washing Instructions?

> Avoid cold-water detergents and those with bleach or fabric softener. The cold-water varieties have little enzymes that are super-charged to brave the cold but can damage the HydroFoil fabric. Bleach may attack the HydroFoil laminate. Also avoid products containing fabric softeners, ie. wool wash. These destroy the water repellent finish.

> Select a mild plant-based soap like Ecover, Ecostore, Earthwise or Aware. A specific sport wash like Grangers Extreme Cleaner or Nikwax Tech Wash (around NZ$30 from most outdoor shops). Any stubborn stains should be dabbed not rubbed clean. For grease spots you can use a degreaser like Swarfega. It's aggressive stuff though so take care - it might be best left alone as added character.

> Keep it clean, but don’t wash too often. General wear and dirt, along with washing, progressively removes the 'durable water repellent' (DWR) treatment from the outside the fabric. The DWR helps rain to bead and run off, enhancing the overall performance of the fabric. Dirt, body oil, sunscreen and sweat also attack the water repellent treatment and can cause the waterproof-breathable membrane to delaminate. Wash frequency depends on how often and how hard you use your garment. We suggest washing after a particularly grubby ride or after say a dozen sessions in the rain. Use your judgement - if the garment looks dirty, the fabric is 'wetting out’ too quickly, or feels clammy then it's probably time for a clean.

> You can help restore the DWR after washing by chucking your jacket in the dryer using a warm (not hot) cycle. This 'recharges' the water repellent treatment so it lasts a bit longer. When this trick no longer does its magic you can beef up the original treatment to some extent with a product like Grangers Extreme Synthetics or Nikwax TX Direct (around NZ$30-40 from most outdoor shops). A bottle is good for two or three rounds with your jacket.

> The effectiveness of this process depends on the age and condition of your jacket. Expect ok results if the fabric is only 'wetting out' in patches (the 'mid-life' crisis). If the entire jacket is 'wetting-out' rapidly in light rain then it already has one-foot-in-the-grave and beading is unlikely to improve much from the treatment. The 40 bucks maybe better spent put towards a new jacket. Note that while the fabric's wetting-out impairs performance, particularly breathability, the HydroFoil laminate should still be waterproof.

> Always ensure your HydroFoil garment is completely dry before storing. Putting it away damp can destroy both the DWR and the waterproof coating. Take care of your gear and it will take care of you.