The Mountain Equipment Ibex/Chamois Pant is a versatile, soft-shell-style trouser made from stretchy Exolite fabric and offering a good level of protection for spring, summer and autumn conditions on UK hills. The trouser comes in a choice of leg lengths with a stretchy waist that has an integrated belt and a microfleece lining for a good, comfy fit. An additional crotch panel makes this area more comfortable, and the knees are articulated to give these trousers a good degree of freedom of movement. The trouser tapers to quite a narrow fit below the knee, which is ideal for practical purposes; but you can loosen the fit by opening the gusset leg zip if you prefer a more relaxed style. There is the option of fitting a drawcord to the ankle cuff: a drawcord channel is provided, though cord is not supplied. But there is extra reinforcement on the seat, knees and ankle cuff. However, none of the four pockets on the front of the trouser is map-sized, although the rear pocket is map-width. The price of the Mountain Equipment Ibex/Chamois Pant is good for what you get, but it could be so much better with improved pockets.
Fabric Exolite II
Weight 410g (36, regular)
Men’s sizes 30-38, short, regular, long leg (Ibex)
Women’s sizes 8-16 short, regular (Chamois)
The Mountain Equipment Ibex/Chamois Pant boasts a good general fit and design, but the pockets let them down slightly. However, for general hillwalking it’s still a good option due to the price.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine April 2013