The Striders are a more robust trouser than most Rohan clothing, which tends to be designed more for relaxed country walks and travel. But the Striders are made from a soft-shell-style fabric with good four-way stretch and abrasion resistance while being very comfortable against the skin and great for autumn, winter and spring. The waist has belt loops, but no belt is provided, while a wide brushed lining to the waistband makes these very comfortable. The knees are articulated to allow for a closer fit and this tailoring extends to the ankle cuff so the whole leg has a good fit, which isn’t too close or too baggy. You don’t get a zipped leg gusset with the Rohan Striders, though, to vent or relax the fit at the ankle and this is common in trousers around the £90 mark. The pockets are better than most at this price as they’re all zipped so items cannot fall out and the thigh pocket is map-sized so you can shove a map or guidebook in here easily while walking. For the price the Rohan Striders are among the best trousers out there for autumn mountain trips, but if you pay more you’ll get reinforcement at the ankle cuff, seat and knees and improved adjustment at the ankle cuff too.
Fabric Multiflex (92% polyamide, 8% elastane)
Weight 485g (size 36)
Men’s sizes 32-42
Women’s sizes 8-20
Higher-priced trousers offer more features, but at £90 the Rohan Striders are a great option for autumn mountain travel. They won Trail’s ‘Best Value’ accolade.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine October 2013