These lightweight trousers from Keela use incredibly stretchy fabric that feels wonderful against the skin and should make these a real winner, but the cut is so baggy it negates the need for the stretch at all. Good elasticated waist and a webbing belt. These repel showers well, meaning the waterproof overtrousers can stay in the pack a little longer. This, together with the zip-off legs, makes them very versatile. The baggy legs flap around terribly though.
Verdict: A lightweight and versatile zip-off pant, cut from a super stretchy fabric with excellent water resistance. They would have challenged the front runners with a less baggy cut.
Colours: Black, grey, stone
Sizes: 28-42in waist (31 3/4in and 34 1/2in inside leg)
Fabric: Stretch-Tec (with Spandex)
Key features: Zip-off legs, stowaway pouch pocket to store legs, six pockets including zipped inner security pocket, elasticated waist and belt
Women’s version: Rio Ladies Zip Off
Contact: 01592 777000; www.keela.co.uk