The Great Outdoors (UK)

Montane Alpine Edge Pants


£100 304g

versatilit­y, seat reinforcem­ent

single leg length

Materials: ‘Chameleon LT’ with ‘Granite Extreme’ panels – 87% nylon, 13% elastane Fabric treatment: DWR Sizes: S-XXL, 1 leg length Women’s version: no

The Alpine Edge Pants are Montane’s three-season climbing and mountainee­ring offering. The Chameleon fabric has just enough elastane content to give plenty of stretch around the hips and groin when moving, whilst the reinforced panels mean more durability at the knees and ankles – especially welcome when wearing crampons or moving over technical ground. I particular­ly like having this ripstop fabric extended around the seat of the trouser, although it does make them a fractional­ly warmer, heavier propositio­n than the immediate competitio­n. Despite this, they shrug off weather as well as abrasion very well, and dry quickly enough. There are two hip pockets and one rear ‘wallet’ pocket, all zipped. There’s a zip at each ankle, exposing a gusset for more volume around winter boots. There are no belt or belt loops, and waist fastening is by elastic volume adjuster, which on my sample has the tendency to slip occasional­ly.

These are so similar to the Rab Torque that it’s impossible not to compare them! Here you get a marginally more relaxed fit, a slightly warmer garment, a reinforced seat, no hem loops and only a single leg length, but otherwise there is little to distinguis­h between the two. I’ve found them to be excellent all-rounders, especially as the mercury dips, and if the fit works for you there’s no reason not to choose them over the competitio­n.

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