Rugged II Fjell
£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)
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.
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.
Great backpacking and general walking trouser with the benefit of a tough fabric and large pockets.