The Mountain Equipment Ibex Pant/Chamois is a very neat and tidy trouser that is also very practical on the hill. As with many trousers here the fabric plays a vital role, and on this model there is a four-way stretch material, which makes these very comfortable to wear. The fabric also resists water well, feels pretty tough and is easily up to sliding across rock without tearing when scrambling. The cut is quite close, which is ideal for being on the hill rather than sitting in the pub. But you can open the ankle cuff gusset to soften the technical style and to allow these to fit over boots with bigger ankle cuffs. There are five zipped pockets so you have plenty of options for stashing small items. The waist area is particularly good as it has a brushed polyester lining, a belt is provided and there are two press studs for closure to make it secure. But while you get five pockets on the Mountain Equipment Ibex Pant/Chamois, none is big enough for an OS map, which is annoying as three good-sized pockets are perhaps better than five less well-sized pockets. The close fit means the more style-conscious walker may wince a bit. Other trousers are more resistant and warmer for winter.
Material Exolite soft shell
Sizes 30-38 plus two leg lengths (men’s Ibex); 8-16 plus two leg lengths (women’s Chamois)
Colours black, mercury
Weight 432g (size 34)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 85
Mountain Equipment’s Ibex Pant/Chamois are excellent practical outdoor trousers, but they would be even better if they had bigger pockets.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine March 2011