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Outdoor Research Treadway Pants (2012)

£40.00

So light and they’re simplicity itself, with traditional open-topped pockets, a straightforward waistband with belt loops to add your own belt, and basic hems with no adjustment at the ankle. The Supplex nylon fabric is great: light, breathable and extremely soft against the skin. It will resist a little water and dries in the blink of an eye if it ...

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Fjallraven Nils Trousers (2012)

£115.00

The heaviest and priciest trousers tested, but there’s little doubting the quality or toughness. The design is casual, with open-topped hip pockets and a huge cargo pocket that was great for a map, but no elastic in the waist. There’s an option to buy them ‘raw’, enabling you to adjust the hem to your leg-length. They are made with the ...

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Craghoppers Kiwi Pro Stretch (2012)

£45.00

Basically a technical version of the classic Kiwi Pant, the Pro Stretch blurs the line between soft shell and more traditional walking trousers. They are cut a little tighter than the originals, which won’t suit everybody. But they are a delight to walk in: light, stretchy, windproof and reasonably water-resistant. They have a good array of pockets, including a sizeable ...

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Mountain Hardware Mesa Pant (2012)

£55.00

A midweight, breathable pant cut from a soft, comfy nylon fabric that offers decent rain resistance and dries very quickly. The design is more casual than technical, with open-topped hip pockets, Velcro-fastened rear pockets and a single zip-access leg pocket that’s not really big enough for a map or guidebook. The ankles are plain but snug enough not to flap ...

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Dare 2B Restrain

£50.00

The stretchiest trousers out there by a country mile – stretchy in an elastic band way. This stretchiness really adds an extra level of comfort when walking over boulders or climbing. The fabric is lightweight and as quick-drying as the majority of similar fabrics. The trousers are cut a little wider in the lower leg than some, however, and there ...

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Rohan Trailblazers

£75.00

A great pair of trousers for the walker looking for something a bit more technical, without looking overly technical. Stretchy fabric works really well at boosting comfort levels and there is enough wind resistance in them to keep out hilltop breezes, or at least reduce their impact. That wind-blocking also helps them to work effectively over a range of temperatures ...

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Vaude Farley III

£70.00

A classic pair of trousers built with an eye towards travelling, thanks to their built-in sun protection and mosquito repellent. There is no stretch in the fabric, although the cut is suitably generous to negate this. The fabric itself is fairly lightweight too, aiming them at the summer walker. They aren’t a true convertible trouser but you can roll the ...

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Royal Robbins Bivvy

£45.00

These are much more of a travel-trouser than others tested. They feel very casual; there is no stretch in the fabric, although it is made with a Ripstop knit, which makes it extra-tough and harder-wearing. Of course, that understated design does mean that these will be fine to wear when not on a hillside. The fabric is fine against the ...

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Royal Robbins Mountain Performance 2011

£40.00

The Royal Robbins Mountain Performance shorts feel like they’re made from tough cotton, but they are actually made from an even tougher nylon, which also has the benefit of being fast-drying. For yet more durability they have double seams throughout and generally they just feel like you could live in them for years without them wearing out. They get a ...

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Sprayway Compass (male)/Escape (female) 2011

£30.00

The fabric used in the Sprayway Compass / Escape shorts is two-way stretch so they are great if you struggle with getting a good fit. There is also stretch in the waist so again these can expand around  a tubby tum or hug a neater waistline. There is no belt provided but you get belt loops in case you want ...

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Rohan Striders 2011

£80.00

The Rohan Striders weigh 498g (size 38); four-way stretch Multi-flex fabric (92% nylon + 8% elastane); relatively heavy fabric for more durability; brushed lining on waist for extra comfort; three zipped map-sized pockets around waist; hidden security pocket; articulated knees; wide belt loops. But no adjustment at the ankle cuff; no extra reinforcement.

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Craghoppers Bear Survivor Full Stretch 2011

£75.00

The Craghoppers Bear Survivor Full Stretch trousers weigh 472g (size L); two-way stretch fabric; three leg lengths; two OS map-sized hip pockets; internal zipped security pocket; two rear pockets; reinforced ankle cuff; zipped thigh pocket. But relatively wide ankle and lower leg without ankle cuff adjustment; good for general use, but others are warmer for winter.

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Patagonia Rock Guide Pants 2011

£75.00

The Patagonia Rock Guide Pants weigh 302g (size men’s L); stretch nylon is very comfy and resists light water; zipped thigh and seat pocket; two non-zipped hip pockets; belt loops; diamond crotch; articulated knee. But no ankle cuff adjustment; not as water-resistant or warm as soft shell pants; pockets are relatively small; no reinforcement.

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The North Face Outbound Pant 2011

£75.00

The The North Face Outbound Pants weigh 432g (size 38); Tekware fabric is very lightweight, water-resistant, quick-drying; relaxed fit for freedom of movement and style; brushed polyester waistband lining and belt; two map-sized hip pockets plus zipped seat pocket; diamond crotch; knee venting. But no ankle cuff adjustments; free fit may be too free if you prefer a more precise ...

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Salomon Wayfarer 2011

£75.00

The Salomon Wayfarer trousers weigh 356g (size men’s L); Actilite four-way stretch fabric; two zipped hip pockets; zipped thigh pocket; zipped seat pocket; belt loops and Velcro adjustment; articulated knees. But not very warm so only suitable for summer; no ankle cuff adjustment; generally wider fit than other trousers.

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Sprayway Warm Challenger Pant 2011

£70.00

The Sprayway Warm Challenger Pant weigh 446g (size men’s L); four-way stretch fabric; two map-sized hip pockets; two zipped seat pockets; zipped thigh vents; two leg lengths; ideal general cold-weather walking trouser. But as these trousers are so warm, they are limited to cold winter days; no ankle cuff adjustment or internal gaiter for winter.

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Columbia Head Wall Pant 2011

£70.00

The Columbia Head Wall Pant weighs 510g (size L); Omni-Shield two-way stretch 62% recycled polyester; adjustable ankle cuff drawcord; lace hook; two zipped pockets; zipped thigh pocket; brushed waistband lining; waistbelt provided; diamond crotch. But less articulation on legs than higher-priced options; pockets are relatively small; less close-fitting than some higher-priced trouser. 

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GoLite Yunnan Hiking Pant 2011

£60.00

The GoLite Yunnan Hiking Pants weigh 320g (size men’s L); 85% nylon + 15% spandex fabric has four-way stretch and water resistance; two zipped pockets plus two hip pockets; waist has belt loops; smart trousers for casual and practical use. But not as water-resistant or as warm as heavier trousers; no map-sized pockets; no ankle cuff adjustment; no extra practical ...

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Merrell Meridian Trouser 2011

£55.00

The Merrell Meridian Trousers weigh 396g (size L); Opti-wick (96% nylon + 4% elastane) two-way stretch fabric; belt loops; zipped thigh pocket; two OS map-sized pockets. But no ankle cuff adjustment; relatively wide and baggy fit compared to more technical trousers. 

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Dare 2B Restrain Stretch 2011

£50.00

The Dare 2B Restrain Stretch mountain trousers weigh 422g (size 33”); very stretchy fabric; belt supplied; triple stitching; articulated knees; one seat pocket and two hip pockets plus large map-sized leg pocket. But no ankle cuff adjustment, and the ankle cuffs are very wide; not as water-resistant or as warm as some options.

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Regatta Geo Extol 2011

£45.00

The Regatta Geo Extol mountain trousers weigh 472g (size men’s L); three leg lengths; women’s sizes from 8-20; four-way stretch soft shell fabric; very water-resistant; hard-wearing; zipped ankle opening for big boots; three zipped pockets. But cut is not as profiled as higher-priced options; more clammy than non-soft shell options; pockets are relatively small; others are more stretchy. 

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Technicals Limitless 2010

£45.00

Technicals is one of Black’s own brands, and it includes waterproofs as well as other outdoor gear. The Limitless trouser has pocket access, which is not featured on other products here, and comes in a small stuffsack for easy carriage in a pack. DesignThe Technicals Limitless is unlined, with the shortest side zip of those featured here. The result is ...

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Rohan Essential DC Trousers 2010

£65.00

It was not long ago that zip-offs were definitely uncool. Now the coolest trousers have multi-length zip-offs! The Rohan Essential DC Trousers can be zipped off to calf length or to knee length. This is practical and fashionable, so Rohan is onto a winner in my view. Like all Rohan gear these trousers are perhaps better suited to travel than ...

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Craghoppers Nosilife Convertibles 2010

£60.00

Craghoppers is well-known for its range of trousers, but the Nosilife Convertibles boasts the addition of NosiLife, the world’s first permanent insect-repellent fabric, according to the manufacturers. The material feels like cotton and is very comfortable, and of course it should help keep away those insects in summer when you bare your legs most. There are two seat patch pockets ...

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Mountain Hardwear Mesa Convertible Pant 2010

£55.00

My favourite convertible trousers are the now discontinued Mountain Hardwear Convertible Pack Pant. The new Mountain Hardwear Mesa Convertible Pant does retain one feature from these old classics, though – the smooth micro-chamois waist lining, which makes the waist area extremely comfortable under a pack hipbelt. The Mesa also has an elasticated waist with an integrated belt, which is ideal ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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