Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Buying Guide | Walking Trousers -

RRP: £40 Tar­get price: £28 Con­sid­er­ing the price, you get a lot of prod­uct with the Delph trousers. They’re light­weight, wa­ter-re­sis­tant and loaded with pock­ets; plus you can buy them in ei­ther reg­u­lar or zip-off form. The waist is part-elas­ti­cated, giv­ing flex­i­bil­ity if you gain or lose a few pounds. The back pock­ets close with Vel­cro while the cargo pock­ets – though not big enough to swal­low an en­tire OS Ex­plorer map – are at least large enough to keep one in place, even if the top sticks out. Sadly the main pock­ets are too shal­low and I didn’t trust them to keep the con­tents safely in­side when I sat down. The DWR treat­ment works well but it also seals in warmth, and the Delphs are poorly ven­ti­lated, mean­ing in hot con­di­tions my legs got rather sweaty. They also make a loud rustling noise, which isn’t ideal for wildlife lovers. Flex­i­bil­ity was also an is­sue; when cross­ing stiles or climb­ing sharply I found the trousers caught around my thighs, mean­ing I had to hoist them up, which could get a lit­tle tire­some on per­sis­tent as­cents. MP

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