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

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