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