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Offline TedMT

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Thorn-resistant clothing?
« on: February 16, 2011, 12:51:46 PM »
Can anyone recommend fabrics, or brands and styles of outdoor wear, that are suited for desert use -- i.e., that will at least somewhat deflect thorns and spines? 

I hiked Ernst Basin (nearly) to the Telephone Canyon Trail at the end of January. The route passes through thorny vegetation that gets denser the further you go. My lightweight hiking pants emerged none the better, and by the end of the Rancherias Loop a few days later I was wearing ribbons.

Is there anything out there that is desert-durable (and ideally, light, comfortable and cool?) I've read, for example, that Supplex or Cordura is sturdier -- has anyone had experience with these fabrics?

(How about plain old denim?)

Thanks.

Offline MarkB

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Re: Thorn-resistant clothing?
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2011, 01:03:50 PM »
I bought a pair of these:
http://www.black-powder-guns.com/item/118307_Bell_Ranger_Clothing_Bell_Ranger_281OD_Snake_L.aspx

about 20 years ago as recommended by a highway department worker and have worn them over regular jeans numerous times in the Bend and elsewhere without any problems to date.

Offline homerboy2u

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Re: Thorn-resistant clothing?
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2011, 01:28:23 PM »
Duluth Trading, makes one of the best fabrics for the working hard hat man. I am sure you will find something that tickles your fancy here.

 You can check their Sweat survival, on the left column. There are some nice garments you can pick up for you. This one is On Sale...there are other options too.
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Offline sleepy

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Re: Thorn-resistant clothing?
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2011, 01:34:06 PM »
I bought a pair of these:
http://www.black-powder-guns.com/item/118307_Bell_Ranger_Clothing_Bell_Ranger_281OD_Snake_L.aspx

about 20 years ago as recommended by a highway department worker and have worn them over regular jeans numerous times in the Bend and elsewhere without any problems to date.

I have something very similar to those I purchased at Academy.  Can't recall the brand name, but they were in the $20-30 range.  Priceless when bushwhacking. 
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Offline MyLifeOutdoors

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Re: Thorn-resistant clothing?
« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2011, 02:15:25 PM »
Anyone wear gaiters?...I'm sure they would help keep your legs protected. Not sure about cool!
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Offline steelfrog

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Re: Thorn-resistant clothing?
« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2011, 02:27:11 PM »
I recently got the turtleskin snake gaiters by Cabela's.  They are not cheap, but they are cool and light.  They are bullet proof.

Offline mule ears

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Re: Thorn-resistant clothing?
« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2011, 02:31:23 PM »
I have been wearing the same pair of REI Sahara convertibles since 1998 and never torn them up despite numerous cross country walks (just careful I guess).  That being said you might look at some of the Railriders stuff like these.  I have some of their Winter Weather pants and one of their shirts that I like a lot.  There are a few items on sale right now too.
temperatures exceed 100 degrees F
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Offline Al

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Re: Thorn-resistant clothing?
« Reply #7 on: February 16, 2011, 02:56:27 PM »
I wear Outdoor Research gaiters when hiking cross country whether wearing shorts or long pants and recommend them.

Al

Offline trtlrock

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Re: Thorn-resistant clothing?
« Reply #8 on: February 16, 2011, 04:16:24 PM »
All excellent suggestions. Another solution would be to continue to wear what's airy & comfortable, but add hiking poles to better meander through the vegetation without shredding things.
John & Tess

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Offline TedMT

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Re: Thorn-resistant clothing?
« Reply #9 on: February 16, 2011, 04:21:43 PM »
Great suggestions,  thanks to everyone. (I hadn't thought of gaiters.) I'm going shopping!

Northernmost-1.5-miles-of-the-Strawhouse-Trail, here I come!

Offline badknees

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Re: Thorn-resistant clothing?
« Reply #10 on: February 16, 2011, 07:03:42 PM »
I wear Outdoor Research gaiters when hiking cross country whether wearing shorts or long pants and recommend them.

Al

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Ray52

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Re: Thorn-resistant clothing?
« Reply #11 on: February 17, 2011, 06:17:49 PM »
Stopped at REI after visiting a customer today in Houston and picked up a pair of OR gaiters.  I've never needed them before, but I believe they'll come in handy following QS off trail next month.

Ray52

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Re: Thorn-resistant clothing?
« Reply #12 on: February 17, 2011, 07:16:13 PM »
TMI QS.  Keep your dreams of giant rattlers private.  You'll need a defibrillator for me if I see one!

Offline Al

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Re: Thorn-resistant clothing?
« Reply #13 on: February 17, 2011, 08:13:02 PM »
I'm trying to remember if Pedro wore gaiters when he and Jimbob circumvented the base of ET's igneous intrusion.  I know Jb, Erle and I did hiking to our base camp.  Erle and I passed on circling the Tusk and stayed at our base camp on a gently sloping area SE of ET and west of ET trail.


Al

Offline Al

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Re: Thorn-resistant clothing?
« Reply #14 on: February 17, 2011, 08:49:37 PM »
I followed Gaven up from the same spot to a point near the "chimney" that leads to the summit of ET; it was there that I turned back to find water because the "heat front" had blown in. I stood in that exact place ten years later, in 2007/
QS

QS, you are a better man than me!

Al

 

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