BERGHAUS

Ortler

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

RRP: £70Tar­get price £45 Berghaus have made an ab­surdly com­fort­able pair of trousers here. The Ortlers are ex­tremely flex­i­ble, no mat­ter how much duck­ing and div­ing you put them through. Al­though the fit is re­laxed, they aren’t too baggy, so I was never wor­ried they might get caught on a stray branch. And there are un­ob­tru­sive draw­cords in the hem so you can tighten the fit around your an­kles if you need to. The fab­ric is soft shell, so they are wa­ter and wind re­sis­tant, yet they al­ways felt well ven­ti­lated, es­pe­cially when I opened the thigh vents, al­low­ing heat to trans­fer through a mesh. The main pock­ets are cu­ri­ously front-fac­ing and heavy items can al­most touch in the mid­dle (gen­tle­men – don’t put any­thing sharp in there!), but they’re plenty deep and spa­cious enough, and there’s a small zipped se­cu­rity pocket on the right hip for the likes of car keys. There’s no pocket for a map, which is a bit of a shame, but a mi­nor crit­i­cism of a smash­ing pair of trousers. MP

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