Spray­way San­ti­ago / At­lanta Rain­pant £40

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■ Ma­te­ria● 2-layer Hy­drodry with taffeta lin­ing ■ Me■’s XS-XXXL (San­ti­ago) ■ Wome■’s 8-20 (At­lanta) ■ Weight 367g (men’s L)

IT'S GOOD

This is a great price for a pair of overtrousers. They are made from a 2-layer fab­ric with a loose lin­ing for com­fort, so even though this is not the most breath­able of fab­rics, you don’t get clammy as the lin­ing keeps any con­den­sa­tion away from your un­der­clothes. You also get a huge size range, so these should fit lots of peo­ple. To ease fit­ting you get knee-length zips which are long enough to just about get these over boots. A Velcro tab at the calf al­lows some con­trol of the leg shape, so they are less baggy than some. The waist is elas­ti­cated and you get a draw­cord too.

HOW­EVER

Com­pared to higher-priced op­tions, these are not the most breath­able or most durably wa­ter­proof fab­ric, so you need that loose lin­ing and this makes them a lit­tle heavy. The side zips are rel­a­tively short, so other trousers are eas­ier to fit over boots as they have thigh-length zips. The Velcro tab at the calf is use­ful but these are not as neat a fit as higher-priced trousers, and that Velcro tab can snag in un­der­growth so over­all oth­ers are just a lit­tle bit neater. Like many you don’t get an in­ter­nal gaiter or the op­tion to fit braces to the waist, but this is a com­mon draw­back of many low- and mid-priced trousers.

VER­DICT

Low-priced trousers that pro­vide the es­sen­tial fea­tures a hill­walker needs, but pay more and you do get ad­di­tional ben­e­fits.

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