The Mountain Hardwear Sarpa Pant is a good, robust trouser that is made from a stretch fabric that isn’t as water- or wind-resistant as a ‘windstopper’ fabric. But the advantage of this fabric is that it’s far more breathable than a windstopper fabric, which makes it ideal for wearing under waterproof overtrousers and generally suitable for a wider range of conditions. The trouser design is very practical so you get attachment points for braces, a belt and a softly lined wide waistband. The waist area isn’t elasticated but the fit is generally good, although a little less tailored than some other trousers down the legs, but still reasonable and not too baggy. The ankle cuff has a zipped bellows panel, a drawcord hem on the cuff, plus loops so you could attach instep cords to fit under your boots. There are also three zipped pockets with the thigh pocket being on the left leg. This pocket is large enough for a map, which is very useful. Overall the Mountain Hardwear Sarpa Pant is a great trouser for autumn as it works well on its own and under waterproofs, while the abrasion-resistant material should last for many years.
Fabric Tuf Stretch Therma Double Weave
Weight 546g (size large)
Men’s sizes S-XL
Women’s sizes none
The Mountain Hardwear Sarpa Pant is a great trouser for mountain walking and scrambling that works well when worn with or without overtrousers. It won Trail’s ‘Best in Test’ award.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine October 2013