Mam­mut Cour­mayeur Pants £169

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■ Ma­te­ria● Schoeller Dryskin stretch with Cold­black treat­ment (93% polyamide, 7% span­dex), re­in­forced ar­eas (70% poly­made, 20% polyester, 10% span­dex) ■ Me■’s 28-42, plus three leg lengths ■ Wome■’s 6-20, plus three leg lengths

■ Weight 403g (size 34)

IT'S GOOD

The Schoeller fab­ric is very stretchy, with a Cold­black treat­ment that helps it re­flect 80% of sun­light rather than ab­sorb it like nor­mal black fab­rics. The re­sult is you don’t over­heat in these as badly as in some black trousers. The waist is nicely lined for com­fort, with belt loops and a belt. The an­kle cuff has press stud ad­just­ment and the fit in gen­eral is a lit­tle closer than some oth­ers, mak­ing these ideal for scram­bling but still great for walk­ing. The four pock­ets are zipped and the hip pock­ets fit an OS map, but the thigh pocket is a lit­tle short for a map. The small rear zipped pocket is use­ful.

HOW­EVER

The main fab­ric is a lit­tle thin, so these aren’t the warm­est op­tion for au­tumn and win­ter. They’re not the best for re­sist­ing wind and mois­ture ei­ther, so you’ll need your overtrousers sooner than with other trousers. There is re­in­force­ment at the knees and down the in­side of the legs, but the rest of the fab­ric isn’t as durable as some op­tions. It’s a pity the thigh pocket is a lit­tle short for an OS map. I like these for au­tumn but for some win­ter days in Scot­land some­thing with a lit­tle more weather pro­tec­tion is good. Hefty price tag too.

VER­DICT

Great gen­eral hill­walk­ing, scram­bling and moun­taineer­ing trousers, but oth­ers of­fer more weather re­sis­tance and bet­ter pock­ets for maps.

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