Montane Terra Converts 2010

While pretty much any trousers can be used for hill-walking, some are better than others – and the Montane Terra Converts are feature-packed to lift them above the opposition. They are reasonably light, so they’re good for backpackers. The material is a fast-drying nylon as used by many brands, but it benefits from reinforcement panels on the knees and seat to give a little more durability. The weight includes a belt too, but the waist is also elasticated to ensure a good fit. Most importantly the lower leg zips allow the legs to be removed without taking boots off. You can also tidy up the ankle hem with press studs, which again is very useful. The two main hip pockets are map-sized too. So a good set of features and they are also very comfortable to wear, so most hill-walkers and backpackers will find them ideal. But the Montane Terra Converts are not the best trousers I have ever seen. There is no stretch, so they could be even more comfy than they are. You only get two pockets, and I have used trousers with four cavernous pockets before now. So while these are the best in this test they could be even better.

Material Tactel nylon with Cordura Mini-Rip reinforcement
Sizes XS-XXL (men’s)
Weight 348g (size L)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 100

The Montane Terra Converts are very good trousers for hill-walkers, backpackers and scramblers, but they are not perfect … they still won ‘Best in Test’ though.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine July 2010