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Discussion: a good pair of pants for orienteering?

in: Orienteering; Gear & Toys

Dec 3, 2017 4:44 AM # 
prophetdemise:
I just took part in the 5 hour Two Rivers adv race from Rootstock in PA/DE. I saw a gentleman who had pants that reminded me of the warrior pant from o21e.com and thought they look really cool but seem function and would provide protection from all the thorns.

Does anyone have any experience with those pants or know of the ones i might have seen today on a fellow racer. I think the company started with a X or Z.

Thank you for any comments ahead of time
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Dec 3, 2017 12:53 PM # 
Ronny:
Jeans
Dec 3, 2017 4:45 PM # 
Swampfox:
Jeans are good protection for many types of thorns, but for certain types of the more predatory thorns, you will need Josephs. Before making a choice, you would be well advised to consult a thorn guide to review your specific local flora.

Some runners finesse the issue by paying up for the hybrid Jean Joseph pant variant.
Dec 3, 2017 9:59 PM # 
jjcote:
Loose weave Kevlar doesn't stop thorns. Just sayin'.
Dec 3, 2017 10:44 PM # 
Mr Wonderful:
If I ever got some seamster chops, I was going to try turning some pants or tights into full leg articulated gaiters with a closed-cell foam thorn barrier. Or just stop going to races with a lot of thorns.
Dec 3, 2017 11:06 PM # 
JanetT:
1) Mapper Mark Dominie sews his own tights from scraps (he doesn't race much anymore so you likely won't see them, but I suspect they didn't cost much to make).

2) One seamstress, about 20 years ago in New England, made O suits that could be ordered with pockets in the lower legs to hold a piece of removable closed cell foam. She used Supplex fabric which was pretty thorn resistant. (But the Supplex shrank and faded, and then she moved and stopped making the suits. You may occasionally still see examples around, especially in the northeast U.S.)

It can be done!
Dec 4, 2017 12:34 AM # 
Iamstillhungry:
I've heard rumors that there is an O pants manufacturer in Kansas ramping up production for large scale distribution. It's just a rumor though so I don't want to quote details that may be inaccurate.
Dec 4, 2017 1:34 AM # 
Joe:
was he wearing a yellow cap and green shirt? yellow watch and orange backpack? I might know the guy. He was wearing Bryzos. it is a Bulgarian co. FKA Siven.
Dec 4, 2017 5:08 AM # 
yurets:
One way of protection is not to shave legs.
If you run in Oklahoma then no Kevlar or such will save you.
Also, if you are in Scotland, you may want a good -looking protective skirt
Dec 5, 2017 12:36 AM # 
yurets:
Thanks for the Bryzos info.
They sell their O'ring pants online, and ship to the US.
Total for a pair would be $25-30

www.bryzosport.com/shop

Does anyone have any experience with their product and sizing ?
Dec 5, 2017 1:10 AM # 
furlong47:
I just bought two things from them to try out about two months ago. It shipped super fast and is good quality for the price. I really like their designs, too. Now that I have a better idea on the sizing, I'll be ordering more soon.

The sizing charts seem to be pretty accurate. The unisex shirt I bought fits perfectly for me. I did go up one size because I don't like things super fitted (usually wear a men's M or women's XL and in this case I bought a L.)

I also got a pair of the standard long pants which fit length and waist fine but were too tight through the hips/thighs. Really liked them otherwise. Sold them to a friend and plan to order the next larger size next time. So I'd say those are true to the sizing chart unless someone has a curvier build or bulky/muscular thighs, they may want to go up a size or two.
Dec 5, 2017 2:37 AM # 
Joe:
the pair of knickers I have I like very much. I'm not sure on sizing. they were a "gift" from a Bulgarian I know. the material does not snag, but it will cut if caught on something sharper than briers (barbed wire). for me that is a rare occasion. this material may or may not be what they are selling online. I can't confirm the material yet. I will be travelling to BG in a month. I plan on picking up another pair and can provide more info then.

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