The Berghaus Helvellyn Pant is made from Gore-Tex with a mesh lining. This fabric is generally more comfortable in the long term than some lower-priced materials, due to Gore-Tex having higher waterproofness and breathability performance. As there’s a mesh lining, any condensation that does appear is held away from your clothing, so overall they’re more comfortable than most lower-priced options. In terms of features you get a plain elasticated waist with an elasticated drawcord for adjustment, but nothing else to entice you. The legs are articulated at the knees for a closer fit, while the side zips extend to the top of the thigh. These zips are the more water-resistant variety with a double stormflap on the inside, so they should perform better than some lower-priced options. There are double zip pulls so you can vent the thigh as well as getting these over boots very easily. A press stud at the ankle cuff allows some fine tuning of fit, but some lower-priced trousers have tabs that allow far more control; however you do also get reinforcement at the ankle cuff for long-term durability of this area. So what you win on the fabric you lose to some extent on the features. But overall the Berghaus Helvellyn Pant is are a good option for long-term general performance when hillwalking.
Material 2-layer Gore-Tex
Men’s sizes S-XXL plus 3 leg lengths
Women’s sizes 8-18 plus 2 leg lengths
Weight 417g (size L, 84cm)
The Berghaus Helvellyn Pant’s Gore-Tex fabric offers top performance but the features are more basic than on some lower-priced options. But still good, durable trousers that will be ideal for many walkers. They won Trail’s ‘Best in Test’ accolade.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine April 2014