Rab

Saw­tooth

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£85 Men’s 30-38 plus 3 leg lengths Women’s 8-16 plus 3 leg lengths Weight 378g (size 34) Ma­te­ri­als Ma­trix dou­ble weave stretch (88% ny­lon, 12% elas­tane)

IT'S GOOD

A good weight of fab­ric for au­tum­nal and win­ter con­di­tions in the moun­tains. It’s ny­lon with four-way stretch that re­pels wind and light driz­zle eas­ily, while adding a notch of warmth. It also has very good breatha­bil­ity mak­ing it com­fort­able with wa­ter­proof overtrousers. The wide waist­band has a brushed lin­ing for ex­tra com­fort and some stretch, and belt loops al­low a belt to be added too. There are four front zipped pock­ets and you can just about squeeze a map into all of them. The fit is a good for gen­eral walk­ing with leg length op­tions avail­able and an in­ter­nal an­kle cuff draw­cord.

HOW­EVER

For scram­blers or more tech­ni­cal ground, the an­kle cuff is not the best de­sign as it’s a lit­tle baggy and there's no zipped sec­tion to al­low ta­per­ing of the fit. Also, other trousers have some ar­tic­u­la­tion at the knees or ex­tra re­in­force­ment for more chal­leng­ing ter­rain. The pock­ets are quite good, but an ex­tra cen­time­tre would al­low them to take an OS map a lit­tle eas­ier, and for back­pack­ing this would be a use­ful ad­di­tion. But the draw­backs are mi­nor for gen­eral walk­ing with only more crit­i­cal users need­ing tweaks to suit their needs.

VER­DICT

A good gen­eral hill­walk­ing trouser, but other trousers have more ben­e­fits or more tech­ni­cal ground

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