If your overtrousers are going to spend most of their life in your pack, or you’re really strapped for cash, then a basic pair is probably your best bet. The Regatta Packaway II packs down to the size of a Coke can and weighs only 164g (size men’s L). The design is simple, with an elasticated waist and a couple of press studs at the ankle cuff. There are also two slits at the waist so you can access the pockets of your undergarments. The fit is surprisingly close, but you will have to remove your boots to get them on. There is no mesh lining and the fabric feels clammier than higher-priced options.
Material Isolite polyester
Sizes XS-XXL (men’s); S-XL (women’s)
Weight 164g (men’s L)
Regatta Packaway II trousers are the best trousers for small budgets in our review.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2013