Sometimes we go off-trail, through the scrub and forest, and that sometimes the scrub can be a little harsh, making much available ultra-lightweight gear unsuitable for off-trail use. For this article I had thought to survey available clothing, especially trousers, but I found that there didn’t seem to be very much which is suitable for real bushwhacking. There’s a certain amount of ‘tough’ clothing available, but the manufacturers seem to have their eyes firmly fixed on the mass market of street and fashion clothing.
By Roger Caffin
Research Scientist. Been walking all my life, mainly off-track - we don't have 'trails' here, and I always go with my wife. Summer and winter, lowland and highland, Australia and Europe. Forced into UL gear by heavy packs and increasing age. :-) Example Gear List at http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/caffins_4_month_gear_list.html BPL email: [email protected]