Blacks Technicals Men’s Zip-Off

These lightweight trousers from Blacks are a spot-on fit, with an elasticated waist and webbing belt. The Burlington fabric feels good too. But the convertible zips, just below the knee, might drive you mad rubbing and knocking against your calves when walking. Light, cool and windproof, they’re excellent all-rounders and, although they don’t repel rain as well as some, they dry really quickly if they do get a soaking. Those zip-off bottoms are a pain though.

Verdict: Light, cool and comfortable walking trousers that will cut it for most conditions at most times of the year. However, some walkers may prefer them without the zip-off bottoms.

Colours: Dark grey

Sizes: 30-38 in waist, R or L inside leg.

Fabric: Burlington

Key features: Several pockets, including two hip and rear and two side cargo pockets, zip-off legs

Women’s version: Yes

Contact: 0800 665410; www.blacks.co.uk