Rugged by name and rugged by nature, the Haglöfs Rugged Mountain Pant has been popular with hillwalkers and backpackers for some years, thanks to its very practical design. You don’t get the stretchy fabric of some other options, so these won’t suit mountaineers and scramblers; but they do have stretch waterproof and hard-wearing panels in the knees and seat to give a little more comfort and protection. The waist has some elastication and belt loops, and is very comfortable. There is no diamond crotch panel, but this area was comfortable enough for me. The ankle cuff has a lace loop as well as webbing adjustment, although I think a zipped gusset panel would make it even better as the lower leg is quite wide and perhaps a removable internal gaiter would be useful. There are two large thigh pockets and these are superb for maps. At the back of the leg you get zipped vents, which are very useful, although a mesh gusset in here would be good. Overall the Haglöfs Rugged Mountain Pant is great for walking and backpacking in the hills and extremely durable, which means you can live in them for months on the trail.
Fabric Climate (100% polyamide), Ventex waterproof panel
Colours dune, true black
Weight 756g (L)
Men’s sizes XS-XXXL
Women’s sizes 34-46
The Haglöfs Rugged Mountain Pant is a rugged trouser without stretch that’s excellent for hillwalking and backpacking, particularly if you like thigh pockets.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine April 2013