Berghaus Hillwalker £110
■ 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)
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.
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.
Great option for hillwalkers wanting good condensation management and comfort and a middling price, but the weight is a drawback.
Mesh lining Side zip