Berghaus Cascade Pant

For relatively low-priced walking trousers, these have some very useful little extras. Firstly, the fabric is a very stretchy four-way-stretch material, which is quite thin and feels very soft. The waist gets a brushed lining, and the knees are articulated. The result is far more comfort than some other trousers at a similar price. The trousers have an elasticated waist, a zip fly and a set of belt loops. The ankle cuff is fairly plain with just a drawcord. A useful extra feature is the zipped thigh vents (I’ve found these useful in summer with other trousers). There are three zipped pockets around the hips and seat. These trousers pack in lots of comfort and useful features for the price. But others have more ankle cuff adjustment and more reinforcement on high-abrasion areas, so these are not the best for extended use. If you can afford a little extra, you will get something more dedicated to scrambling and mountaineering. The hip pockets are designed for OS maps, but, annoyingly, a map is a tight fit.

 

Material: Mistral soft shell
Sizes: 30-38 plus 3 leg lengths (men’s); 8-18 (women’s)
Colours: black, light timber
Weight: 474g (size L)
Made in: China
Stores in the UK: no info provided

Verdict: Excellent-value walking trousers, but regular mountain walkers and scramblers may want something with more features.