Craghoppers Axel Trouser

These women’s walking trousers have four pockets with zips  –  two hip, one thigh and one back; one-way stretch fabric; zipped fly with metal hook attachment; Velcro tab adjustment on waist; and they’re only £40. But ventilation consists of a small, ineffective mesh-backed hole positioned above the ankle; base of the fly is bulky and sticks into the leg; there is also no adjustment at the ankle cuff; the waist relies on small Velcro tabs.

Verdict: Buy it if you are on a budget and need a straightforward trouser with no fuss for your first walking trip.