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Rugged II Fjell

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£120 Men’s XS-XXXL plus 3 leg lengths Women’s 34-36 plus 3 leg lengths Weight 508g (size L) Ma­te­ri­als Cli­matic (94% ny­lon, 6% elas­tane)

IT'S GOOD

The en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fit of the ma­te­rial is Blue­sign ap­proved and feels like heavy duty cot­ton, but it’s ac­tu­ally two weights of tough ny­lon with stretch. The re­sult is more com­fort than other soft shell style trousers with a re­laxed fit. There are triple lines of stitch­ing in many ar­eas and the heav­ier fab­ric is placed at the an­kle cuff, seat and knees for more dura­bil­ity. I was par­tic­u­larly drawn to the four huge front pock­ets that eas­ily swal­low OS maps, with the two on the thigh ben­e­fit­ting from zipped ac­cess, too. The waist­band is wide and stretchy with belt loops and there is an in­ter­nal draw­cord at the an­kle cuff for a bet­ter fit.

HOW­EVER

While this trouser has some great ben­e­fits it also lacks fea­tures oth­ers can boast. So, you don’t get a zipped an­kle cuff and there is no belt pro­vided, al­though there are belt loops. The waist­belt is wide and comfy but it doesn’t ben­e­fit from the soft lin­ing fea­tured on oth­ers. Also, while I like the size and ac­cess of­fered by the pock­ets, you may pre­fer the hip pock­ets to have zipped ac­cess like the leg pock­ets do. They are not as close fit­ting as some other trousers, so not so good for scram­bling, but good for walk­ing and back­pack­ing.

VER­DICT

Great back­pack­ing and gen­eral walk­ing trouser with the ben­e­fit of a tough fab­ric and large pock­ets.

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