Really comfortable, super-stretchy trousers, available in an eye-catching red if you want to stand out from the crowd! Well-suited to high-level hillwalking, they’re made from tough yet soft fabric, with a high, vented, chamois-lined waist for superb comfort and wicking. The cut is sleek and streamlined, hugging the legs so there’s no spare fabric flapping around, and the crotch is gusseted for really easy movement. The legs are articulated too, with reinforced panels on the knees and seat. Unfortunately there’s no DWR coating on the outer fabric so they will wet-out pretty quickly in a shower, but on the plus side, once wet, they dry incredibly quickly. They offer UPF 50+ protection, and there are handy bootlace hooks on the hem to keep the ankles locked down over your boots.
Materials: 90% nylon, 10% elastane
Men’s version: Yes
Contact: 01189 220 130; www.columbia.com
* Published in Country Walking, September, 2011