Hag●ofs L.I.M Comp Pant £200
■ Materia● 3-layer Gore-Tex Active ■ Me■’s S-XXL ■ Wome■’s n/a ■ Weight 194g (men’s L)
It is the 3-layer Gore-Tex Active shell fabric that really makes the difference here. This fabric is very lightweight and yet it’s also a 3-layer construction so you get good condensation control. Another feature I like is that the ankle zip has a stiff internal baffle, to keep rain out, and this area tends not to be as flappy as other lightweight trousers. So the ankle cuff just sits quite nicely without buckling in the breeze too badly. The waist is elasticated, with an elasticated cord like most others, and again this sits a little more comfortably than some thanks to a brushed polyester lining.
The drawback is the price tag, as you have to be pretty keen on the weight saving and better condensation control these offer to splash out this amount of cash for trousers that, while great in many ways, still lack some features. For example, you only get a short ankle zip, so getting these over boots is a challenge. Also, this price still doesn’t get you an internal gaiter or the option to fit braces. And female users don’t even get a version made specifically for them. Also, while the fabric is great, it isn’t as tough and durable as heavier fabrics such as standard 3-layer Gore-Tex.
Extremely lightweight trousers with great condensation control, but the price tag will dampen enthusiasm for many, and there is no women’s option.
Waistband Ankle cuff