The Berghaus Extrem Couloir Mountain Pants are serious mountain trouser suitable for the most testing environments. Made of Gore-Tex Pro Shell, they are a far cry from stiff, rustly overtrousers of old; the fabric is soft, supremely comfy and flexible, and Cordura patches on the inside ankle and knees offer good abrasion resistance. The full-length side zip aids taking the trousers on and off and allows venting, and has Velcro closure too in case full-length venting is desired. The zip has an external double stormflap so it is more watertight than exposed zips without a stormflap. It has two zipped waist pockets, a double-zipped fly for use with a harness, and snow gaiters at the ankle give protection against snow drifting in, but these can be removed if they annoy you. The brushed polyester at the waist makes these trousers really comfy, and drawstrings at the ankle and waist, and articulated knees improve the fit, which is a little baggy. Braces keep the trousers up rounding off a pair of top-spec overtrousers with great features. The weight makes the Berghaus Extrem Couloir Mountain Pants better for all day wear rather than carrying as backup. The nearest women’s equivalent is the Abruzzi Gore-Tex Mountain Pant £200.
Fabric Gore-Tex Pro Shell with Cordura reinforcement
Weight 598g (Men’s M)
Pockets 2 zipped hand pockets
The Berghaus Extrem Couloir Mountain Pants are best for mountaineers.
First published in Trail magazine October 2011