Hiking shorts contain
strong battens that not only allow the sailor to experience pain free
hiking, but more importantly, if the sailor concentrates on keeping the
inboard end of the pad as close as possible to horizontal then the
outboard end is equally more horizontal which helps you increase your
leverage and gives more freeboard over the water - the sailor can sail
the boat flatter which is faster!
Rooster's Classic range of Hike Shorts have set the standard for hikers
in the sailing industry for many years and will continue to be as
popular as ever. However, as no two sailors are the same shape or size,
Rooster wanted to give the sailor more choice. The Rooster Pro range of
Hikers have removable pads (available in three different sizes) so that
you can decide just where you would like the batten to sit. The more
comfortable you are whilst hiking then the faster you will go!
simply attach with Velcro to the inner lining of the hikers. Positioning
the pads can be done by putting the pads in a plastic sleeve, so
allowing you to put them into the correct position without the velcro
getting in the way - then removing the plastic sleeve to fix them in
place. You still may find that you need to move the pads again for
ultimate comfort. We suggest that you mark the position of the pads once
you have found the ideal position. The fabric on the inside of the
hiking shorts has enough memory of the pads position to help replacing
the pad correctly. These really are the ultimate hikers but if your
worried about positioning the pads, why not take a look at our 'Classic'
range with fixed battens.
Notwithstanding Steve's comment above, I found the best way to attach
the pads is to turn the hikers inside out then attach the pads in an
approximate location with the velcro. They stick well. Then
turn the legs right side out by putting your hand down each inside out
trouser leg, grabbing the bottom of the pad with through the neoprene
and pulling them through first then pull the rest of the leg material.
Try them on, then repeat the process until you have a reasonable
position. The black rear of the shorts has a hard wearing material
finish, but currently of unknown (to me) wear life. To be on safe
side I would wear lycra shorts over them unless its a major regatta.
I'll wear them without this summer and see how they last.
shown in the picture with the Rooster Polyamide Lycra Top
Suggested Pad Size (Optional)
JDE Note: At 6'0" and a current weight of 193 lbs I have been using the
Large size Classic Hiker until now. I have tried the M and L pro
hiker on and found the M to be too tight/not enough leg length (I am 34"
inside seam). I also found the Large Pad to be on the large size
and possibly too long - width was OK. I won't know until I start sailing
at the end of April however. Hence I have changed the L hiker to
have M/L pads rather than just L in the table above.