Mountain Equipment Combin 2009

Mountain Equipment has a long-standing reputation for highly versatile, quality outdoor wear – and their Combin trousers are no exception. I especially like the attention to detail on the features, which makes them a great choice for the hills all year round. The pockets are slightly offset so the zips avoid your hip bones (you soon know about this if you wear these with an expedition pack with a hipbelt); and you can easily grab the zip pulls, adjust the belt or open the poppered fly with thick gloves on. At 433g they are not the lightest here, but they use Schoeller, a robust, water- and stain-resistant yet highly breathable 4-way stretch soft shell fabric, which, combined with an active articulated-knee alpine cut with unobtrusive seams, provides great freedom of movement for any mountain walk, scramble or climb. But no cord is provided for the hidden drawcord channel at the hem. There is no popper attachment at the hem, for a more streamlined fit. If you’ve got a pair and don’t think they deserve the ‘Best in Test’ award let Trail know why: by posting on our site!

Material Schoeller Dryskin Extreme
Sizes women’s 10-16; men’s 30-38in (regular and long leg lengths for both)
Colours black
Weight 433g
Made in China
Stores in the UK 30

Verdict: Mountain Equipment Combins are light, stretchy and durable pants with the right features for all-season use at a reasonable price. They won ‘Best in Test’.