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• Helly Hansen Ae­gir Ocean Trousers • Mighty Mug

When you need them, good oil­skins are worth their weight in gold. But can a £600 pair of trousers ever be a bar­gain? Gra­ham Snook finds out.

My last set of Helly Hansen trousers en­dured eight years of abuse and these Ae­gir Ocean trousers are bet­ter. The fit is good and can be ad­justed around the shoul­ders, knees and an­kles; the Vel­cro around the an­kles is over­sized so there are no loose flaps. They feel a lit­tle baggy and bulky around the re­in­forced and padded knees, but the pad­ding makes kneel­ing on a deck com­fort­able.

The shoul­der straps have Vel­cro se­cur­ing patches to keep the ends tamed (but I cut the ex­cess off). They have two thigh pock­ets (one wave-proof, the other made of mesh) that are big enough to use while wear­ing gloves.

The tough re­in­force­ment around the zips, knees, bum and even the hem of the legs makes these trousers feel bul­let-proof. A fab­ric flap and a two-way zip at the front make it easy for men to an­swer the call of na­ture.

There was a loop at the back, to hang them up, but it got hooked over the horn of a ver­ti­cally mounted cleat in my cock­pit – as I lent for­ward I heard a sick­en­ing tear. Thank­fully it was the outer fab­ric of the waist­band so their in­tegrity isn’t af­fected.

The knees feel baggy but have pad­ding and are well re­in­forced

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