Berghaus Hill­walker £110

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■ Ma­te­ria● 2-layer Gore-Tex with mesh and taffeta lin­ing ■ Me■’s XS-XXXL plus three leg lengths

■ Wome■’s 8-20 plus three leg lengths

■ Weight 414g (men’s L)

IT'S GOOD

You get a huge size range here that in­cludes three leg lengths, so most peo­ple should be able to find a size that fits them well. The fab­ric is the tried and trusted Gore-Tex lam­i­nate, but in 2-layer for­mat, with a mesh and ny­lon lin­ing. Com­pared to a 3-layer fab­ric this is softer and more com­fort­able and also lower in price. The side zips ex­tend to the top of the thigh, so these eas­ily fit over boots, while an ex­ter­nal storm­flap cov­ers the zip to keep rain out. The waist is elas­ti­cated with an elas­ti­cated draw­cord. This all adds up to a good all-round op­tion for many walk­ers and the price is rea­son­able for Gore-Tex trousers.

HOW­EVER

These are, though, slightly heav­ier than oth­ers, due to that lin­ing in part but also the long zip with the ex­ter­nal storm­flap adds more weight. While a mesh lin­ing adds com­fort, it does mean the trousers can snag a bit and feel slightly hot­ter than a stan­dard 2- or 3-layer fab­ric with­out a lin­ing. The up­side is less con­den­sa­tion. Like oth­ers you don’t get a means of at­tach­ing braces or an in­ter­nal gaiter, and there’s no means of at­tach­ing an un­der­foot stir­rup ei­ther. Trousers with higher price tags have a bet­ter fit too, but all lower-priced trousers suf­fer from this.

VER­DICT

Great op­tion for hill­walk­ers want­ing good con­den­sa­tion man­age­ment and com­fort and a mid­dling price, but the weight is a draw­back.

Mesh lin­ing Side zip

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