Far as I know ventile is so densely woven that it is quite water resistant. it aint coated I think. I do not know anything about other water resistant cottons.
klšttermusen describes their cotton as "eta-proof" but one place in their literature it is called ventile so that made me wonder if infact it is the same stuff.
thanks for the pointer shaghaied. Found a brand called lowrider which apparently makes ventile cargo's and some wool pants but their pages are impossible to understand, in chinese. Would not know how to order from them even.
What is that tent on the front page of the howies site?
Thanks MikeF. I saw your post on the TrailHikers and bookmarked the link. Yes, I knew about the GB, and was sorry it died. I had actually posted in there too about cargo pant best buys, or cheap places to get the 5.11s.
Maybe the Trail Hikers are the better way to go. I will see what pops up.