REVIEW: Genus Performance Gardening Trousers
Looking for a last-minute present for gardeners who like to be out in inclement weather?
A pair of Genus Performance Gardening Trousers is an investment (at £120, you need to know you’re going to get your money’s worth).
I was a little dubious about the price at first, but after wearing them from February, they really earn their keep.
They kept me going through the relining of the pond and building a new bed next to it in truly miserable weather.
Wet knees, damp bottoms, and a cold back – all familiar downsides to keen gardeners out in all weathers.
However, Genus Performance Gardenwear was created by passionate gardener Sue O’Neil to right these wrongs. The 3-Season Gardening Trouser for Women and All-Weather Gardening Trouser for Men are the world’s first technical, high-performance trousers specially designed for gardening.
They have breathable, damp-proof knee pads; a damp-proof seat panel; lots of pockets designed for free movement; a zip pocket for mobiles; two stab-resistant pockets on the legs to carry knives and secateurs. The stretch fabric is tough, lightweight and easy to wash.
In women’s sizes 8-18, men’s 30-40, they cost £120. Genus also makes a women’s gilet, £95; long line and thumb loop tops for both sexes, from £49; neck, collar and arm protectors, £25.
Genus also stocks traditional Japanese design secateurs; hori-hori knife; gardening socks and silk glove liners.
There’s also summer-weight gardening trousers, with cool, stretch, easy-care and quick-drying cotton fabric, £95.
For more information, visit www.genus.gs.