Patagonia Rock Guide 2009

Patagonia Rock Guide trousers are the lightest in our test (277g, size 12); very stretchy; simple and well-cut for women with chunky legs; comfy, brushed waist; no zips on the 2 side mesh pockets; one mid-thigh laser-cut glued pocket with zip; button fly. But only go up to size 14 (most go up to 18); feature that stops these trousers appearing in the final is their very wide ankle, which, although you can roll up, you can’t draw in around boots.

Verdict: Patagonia Rock Guides are exceptionally light trousers ideal for travel and all but winter walking.