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Cirque Pant

Trail (UK) - - Test Of The Best -

£150 Men’s S-XXL Women’s XS-XL Weight 568g (size L) Ma­te­ri­als 90 de­nier stretch dou­ble weave (50% ny­lon, 43% polyester, 7% span­dex)

IT'S GOOD

These are built from a very tough stretch soft shell fab­ric with­out a mem­brane, so they are ex­cep­tion­ally durable, ideal for re­sist­ing snow and light rain but are still breath­able enough to be com­fort­able. You get zipped an­kle cuffs with an in­ter­nal gus­set as well as an ex­tra patch of re­in­force­ment to re­sist scuffs. There’s even a lace hook and the op­tion of fit­ting stir­rup cords to hold the cuff down. The knees are ar­tic­u­lated too. The waist has a soft lin­ing with Vel­cro tab ad­just­ment, stretch and belt loops. There are three zipped front pock­ets and a map just about fits in all of them. This is great for the in­tended use of climb­ing and moun­taineer­ing.

HOW­EVER

These are a lit­tle heavy and hot, which is fine in win­ter un­til you get an un­sea­sonal warm day. So, this de­fines them as slightly bet­ter for moun­taineer­ing and win­ter climb­ing than more gen­eral use trousers. The fab­ric is also per­haps a lit­tle rougher and stiffer against the skin which, again, makes them a lit­tle less comfy than more gen­eral-pur­pose trousers. For walk­ing, a top-en­try thigh pocket is per­haps bet­ter for maps, too, than the side-en­try one of­fered here. You don’t get any leg length op­tions, so taller or shorter users may find them a lit­tle on the short or long side.

VER­DICT

Su­perb hard-wear­ing and weather-re­sis­tant trouser, but warmth could be a draw­back in mild weather.

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