The Nilgiris are a bit of a machine. Sherpa have packed everything into these trousers: a weatherproof shell, fleece lining, leg vents, ankle zippers and, somehow, a stylish design. It’s quite an achievement, and for the most part it all comes together to make an excellent product. The softshell material really does form a confidence-inspiring barrier between you and the elements with little in the way of water or rain getting through, and the fleece on the inside of the legs and in the pockets makes them very cosy indeed. There are zips on both legs which run all the way from the bottom to mid thigh and serve a dual purpose: to offer ventilation and to widen the ankle to make boot fastening and removing a whole lot easier. Despite the ventilation however, these trousers can still get very hot on climbs as they really struggle for natural breathability. They are also designed to be tight-fitting trousers and, given the robustness of the softshell fabric, that does mean the range of movement is slightly more restricted than on some of the other pairs in this test.
Target Price £120
Fabric: 75% polyester, 20% polyurethane, 5% spandex
Contact: 01572 772474
PROS: Excellent weatherproofing, cosy fleece lining, adjustable ankle zip.
CONS: Can overheat; material can feel restrictive on steep climbs.
VALUE FOR MONEY: 3/5
BEST FOR: Cold hilltop days when you need thickness and warmth.
Review from Country Walking magazine