Mo­nane Su­per Terra Pants £140

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■ Ma­te­ria● Gran­ite (97% ny­lon, 3% span­dex), plus Cor­dura re­in­force­ment (93% ny­lon, 7% polyurethane) ■ Me■’s S-XXL, plus three leg lengths ■ Wome■’s 8-16 (Sky­line) ■ Weight 676g (size L)

IT'S GOOD

The main fab­ric is a tough ny­lon, and the re­in­forced knees and seat use a wa­ter­proof ma­te­rial, so you can sit or kneel on wet ground and stay dry. The fit is not too re­stric­tive, thanks to a good cut. The waist­band is lined, elas­ti­cated and comes with belt loops and a belt, while the an­kle cuff can be ad­justed with press studs. In warm weather you can open zipped knee vents or vent the calf, while a lace hook keeps the an­kle cuff in place. The four front pock­ets and one rear pocket are all zipped, and the thigh pock­ets are large enough for a map. Great for gen­eral hill­walk­ing and back­pack­ing.

HOW­EVER

The women’s ver­sion doesn’t come in a choice of leg lengths or of­fer thigh pock­ets. This ver­sion also has a gus­seted an­kle cuff zip, while the men’s has a non-gus­seted calf zip. Per­haps the main draw­back, though, is there is not the stretch of other trousers, so even though the cut is great, these feel slightly re­stric­tive, hence when scram­bling or moun­taineer­ing I’d pre­fer some­thing more stretchy with a closer fit on the leg. They are slightly rougher on the skin than oth­ers too, and are also heavy, which could make car­ry­ing them a bur­den.

VER­DICT

Hard­wear­ing back­pack­ing trousers with nice OS map-sized pock­ets and a great waist, but they are not the best for scram­bling or moun­taineer­ing and they’re heavy.

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