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Regatta Packaway II (2013)

£15.00

If your overtrousers are going to spend most of their life in your pack, or you’re really strapped for cash, then a basic pair is probably your best bet. The Regatta Packaway II packs down to the size of a Coke can and weighs only 164g (size men’s L). The design is simple, with an elasticated waist and a couple ...

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Gelert Frontier Gaiter (2012)

£18.00

The Gelert Frontier is a relatively lightweight gaiter that is also very light on price. It is a classic design featuring a front zip with an external stormflap to protect the zip against mud and abrasion. There is a strip of elastic at the ankle to allow a close fit around the top of the boot so that water is ...

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Outdoor Designs Stretch Waterproof Gaiter (2012)

£23.00

The Outdoor Designs Stretch Waterproof Gaiter is close-fitting and yet stretchy enough to comfortably hug the calf muscles and to allow excellent freedom of movement without discomfort. This makes it ideal for scrambling and climbing as well as general walking when you just want a gaiter that sits neatly without being easily snagged and without being uncomfortable. It is unusual ...

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Trekmates Mountain XT Series Pioneer Gore-Tex Gaiter (2012)

£25.00

It’s said the best place to save weight is on your feet, so it is worth looking for minimal weight in gaiters too – and at just 83g the Trekmates Mountain XT Series Pioneer Gore-Tex Gaiter won’t use much of your energy! Gore-Tex Paclite fabric is extremely waterproof but it tends to display its condensation on the inside quite readily. ...

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Trailwise Snolock Gaiter (2012)

£27.00

If most of your walking is over heather or similar gear-trashing undergrowth, you need a gaiter that is extremely durable. The Trailwise Snolock Gaiter, a UK-made product, uses 12oz cotton duck canvas, a heavy woven fabric that is extremely durable. It is more than capable of withstanding abrasion from undergrowth, which is why it has become very popular with gamekeepers ...

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Regatta Byrne (2012)

£30.00

Regatta Byrne overtrousers can be yours for just £30, and for that you get a waterproof and breathable garment made from Isotex 5000. There is no mesh lining so these are a little clammier than higher-priced options, but who cares when they spend most of their life in your rucksack? The cut is more basic than higher-priced options too, though, ...

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Berghaus GTX Gaiter (2012)

£35.00

A winner of Trail’s ‘Best in Test’ award, the Berghaus GTX Gaiter is a great all-rounder for the hillwalker. It is made of Gore-Tex fabric so it is waterproof and breathable, but it also benefits from extra reinforcement around the ankle cuff to protect it against abrasion. It comes in two sizes and two leg lengths so it may fit ...

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Sprayway Santiago/Atlanta Rainpant (2013)

£40.00

The addition of a lining makes low-priced overtrousers far more comfortable, and this means the Sprayway Santiago/Atlanta Rainpant is a good option for those with limited funds. The trouser benefits from a calf-length zip so it can more easily be put on without removing boots, although this is still not as easy as when the trouser has a full-length zip ...

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Berghaus Deluge (2012)

£50.00

Well-proven and popular overtrousers, Berghaus Deluge pants are competitively priced but they also have a few more features to make them slightly better for the hillgoer than some similar designs. They are made from AQ2, a ripstop nylon with a polyurethane coating to make it waterproof and breathable. But you also get a loose mesh lining, which makes them a ...

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Berghaus Deluge (2013)

£50.00

The Berghaus Deluge is a competitively priced overtrouser with a good set of features to make hillwalking comfortable. The AQ2 fabric is a ripstop nylon with a polyurethane coating for waterproofness and breathability, while a loose lining ensures they are not too clammy. The side zip extends to the hips so it is extremely easy to whip these on and ...

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Páramo Long Gaiter (2012)

£52.00

Like Páramo clothing, the Long Gaiter benefits from the Nikwax Analogy Pump Liner to actively push water through the fabric from the inside to the outside. The fabric is also very durable and very easily repaired, so it’s a great choice for gaiters. However it tends to provide a degree of insulation, which means in colder weather it is a ...

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The North Face Venture 2011

£60.00

The presence of The North Face’s distinctive decal on these trousers (the lowest-priced here) certainly ups the cred – and the expectations. At 210g, the Venture trousers are certainly light: made of seam-sealed 2.5 layer HyVent DT fabric (the ‘point five’ refers to a microgrid print layer on the inner, which separates the fabric from the skin and increases airflow), ...

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The North Face Venture Half Zip (2013)

£65.00

Every gram counts if your overtrousers are in your rucksack all day, but when you are wearing them you still want good performance – and the The North Face Venture Half Zip provides this at a good price. The trousers’ half zip will allow you to get these on over your boots more easily than trousers with no zip, while ...

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Montane Minimus (2013)

£100.00

At 161g (size L) the Montane Minimus trousers are the lightest in our test – and that weight makes them ideal for carrying in your pack, while the performance means that when you do put them on you’ll remain comfortable. The fabric is an extremely thin 2.5-layer material with good breathability, but it will still feel clammier than higher-priced trousers ...

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Montane Minimus (2012)

£100.00

‘The World’s lightest and most breathable waterproof mountain pants’ are how Montane describes Minimus overtrousers. They certainly are light at just 121g (men’s L) and as they pack down into their fist-sized stuffsack with ease you can also stash them in your rucksack and forget you are even carrying them. The fabric is extremely thin, meaning they are not restrictive; ...

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Rohan Dry Ascent / Dry Roamers 2011

£100.00

The Rohan Dry Ascent / Dry Roamers trousers prefer their waterproofing to be a little more covert. Rohan amusingly describes the Dry Ascent as ‘waterproof trousers for people who hate wearing waterproof overtrousers’, and that’s about the size of it. The face fabric has one of those ‘it’s not really waterproof, is it?’ feels. The secret is Rohan’s Barricade, a ...

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Páramo Cascada Trousers 2011

£115.00

Páramo is unconventional in its approach to waterproofing. Shunning membranes, it utilises Nikwax Analogy fabric, which mimics the action of animal fur. The outer fabric is only water-resistant, but a unique ‘pump’ layer pushes water back out of the fabric, ditto condensation. Apart from this well-proven system, the Páramo Cascada Trousers have two boons: they’re soft, which makes them both ...

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Páramo Cascada (2013)

£120.00

Páramo uses a unique fabric that is incredibly breathable while being able to keep the rain out when hillwalking. The Cascada trouser has thigh-length side zips so you can get them on easily over any boots. There’s also a press stud closure down the sides, so you can vent the trouser if needed. A single press stud at the ankle ...

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Rab Bergen/Vidda (2012)

£125.00

Like the Bergen jacket, Bergen/Vidda overtrousers have been very popular with hill and mountain walkers for many years. They are made from 3-layer eVent fabric, so they provide high levels of waterproofness and breathability. For added durability at the knees there is a heavier weight of fabric in this area as well as articulation to allow a little more freedom ...

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Montane eVent Superfly Trousers 2011

£130.00

The mid-priced Montane eVent Superfly Trousers strike a fine balance between technicality and simplicity. They may lack features such as belt loops, pockets and a fly zip, but they do have reinforced ankles, backside and knees, a drawstring at the ankle for volume adjustment, and water-resistant zips. They feel like trousers that have had some serious thought over the essential ...

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Páramo Quito (2012)

£145.00

Páramo gear uses a unique fabric that is incredibly breathable while being able to keep the rain out when hillwalking, and the Quito is one of the brand’s most versatile legwear options. The trouser has full-length side zips so you won’t struggle to put these on as they fit around your legs so easily. The waist has a webbing belt ...

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Rab Mountain Dru Pants 2011

£180.00

Brand new, the Rab Mountain Dru Pants are designed for fairly serious abuse on alpine terrain, and their features reflect this. The waistline is very high, keeping draughts at bay even with the extreme action that climbing and scrambling require. The zip is a full-length affair, so they can be opened up completely from the waist to the ankle, which ...

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Rab Stretch Neo (2013)

£200.00

When comfort and performance are top of your agenda, splashing extra cash brings benefits when purchasing overtrousers. Rab Stretch Neo trousers use Polartec Neoshell, which offers extremely high levels of breathability. The fabric is also stretchy so a closer fit is possible without restricting movement. Thigh-length zips allow the trouser to easily fit over boots, while three zip pulls allow ...

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Berghaus Extrem Couloir Mountain Pants 2011

£200.00

The Berghaus Extrem Couloir Mountain Pants are serious mountain trouser suitable for the most testing environments. Made of Gore-Tex Pro Shell, they are a far cry from stiff, rustly overtrousers of old; the fabric is soft, supremely comfy and flexible, and Cordura patches on the inside ankle and knees offer good abrasion resistance. The full-length side zip aids taking the ...

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Mountain Equipment Tupilak (2013)

£300.00

When the weather is trying to say ‘get off the mountain’, you need the best protection there is – and Mountain Equipment Tupilak trousers provide it. Built around Gore-Tex Pro, they are top of the fabric league in terms of waterproof and breathable performance. You also get a high waist and braces so they stay up and you are very ...

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