Many people ask “why” Metal Detectorists wear ex military or camouflage clothing, the answer is simple, tough, rugged, and shower proof as standard, whilst the older water proof clothing is exactly that, waterproof…

As can be seen on the left, these waterproof R.A.F. Trousers have seen better days but, i do not maintain them as i should… I would advocate that you wear a pair of knee pads [- more on that later & i will show how and why i wear the knee pads -]

If the weather permits, you should wear what ever you want, but, in my opinion, wear long trousers and be wary of shorts, stubble, arable fields and long grass plays havoc with the exposed skin… With the right trousers, you don’t need to wear bulky kneepads which cut into the back of the lower half of your legs, with the right trousers for spring or summer use you can purchase “slip in knee pads” or like mine i just use there heavyweight trousers… that’s why i suggest Tuff Stuff by Castle Clothing clothing, they have some pretty tough hard wearing trousers, these particular ones are industrial, obviously there are many manufacturers who produce these sort of trousers, but i supply these for the people that work for us, great for fit, hardwearing & comfort, i don’t think you can go too far wrong, as these fits the criteria of what we as a metal detectorist get up to whilst out in a field, but for a pair of dedicated wash and wear trousers with “pillow” pockets to hold the slip in knee pads, it cannot be beaten, hence why, when i wear the RAF Gortex waterproof trousers i can still kneel down in comfort, without having to worry where i put my knees, hard ground, long grass and sharp stones are just uncomfortable and not damaging to your knees…