Otherwise, you do have a few options. Ibex makes a wool knicker called the Gnarly Knicker that sells for $145 (www.ibexwear.com). A version made with Schoeller fabric is called the Alpstar and sells for $165. Woolrich made a good, heavy knicker for years but, alas, discontinued them five or six years ago. I think a few European companies still offer knickers, but it would take some sleuthing to find them. I spent some time searching myself, and came up empty. Even some of the big U.K. outdoor retailers no longer stock knickers.
Which is too bad. Knickers make great senseI often use a pair of cycling knickers when it's cool out. They're especially good for hiking and climbing because they don't bind at the knee. But, I guess fashion and the move toward wearing shell pants over long underwear, or shorts over long underwear, did them in. I'd love to see a gear maker offer a pair of knickers made with one of the new high-tech fabrics such as Polartec Power Shield. I think that would be a winner.
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