Mammut Albaron pants provide everything you could wish for in overtrousers that are required to keep you comfortable in the worst of conditions day after day when mountaineering or even winter hillwalking. So you get 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro Shell fabric, which has proven waterproof and breathability credentials. But you also get reinforcement at the ankle cuff to prevent crampon spikes from trashing the trouser. Also there is reinforcement at the knees and seat for general durability. The waist area is particularly well-designed with a high back to protect the lumbar region and a soft lining for more comfort. To keep them up you get a waistbelt and a pair of braces, so you can climb freely without fear of embarrassment! The side zips are three-quarter-length, making these easy to fit over boots; while to prevent snow, grit and water from entering your boots there are internal gaiters built into the ankle cuff. With all that performance the Mammut Albarons are heavier than other pants and clearly you’ll need to spend more cash to enjoy them, but for long days winter hillwalking, scrambling or mountaineering in the worst of conditions they are ideal.
Material 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro Shell
Sizes 28-44in (plus two leg lengths)
Weight 644g (36in)
Mammut Albaron trousers are the best for mountaineering in this test.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2012