If you think lower-priced gear will be short on features, look again. The Quechua Forclaz 300 overtrousers are bursting with technical delights. The waist area is high at the back, elasticated, lined with microfleece and has two press stud fastenings as well as webbing adjustment. You also get braces to ensure they stay up when scrambling about on the hills. There’s a zip fly and mesh lining throughout, too. You get two zipped hip pockets, although these are slightly smaller than I would like. Each leg has a hip-length zip with a zip pull at the top and bottom, so you can easily get these on over boots or just vent the top. The ankle cuff is reinforced and there’s a lace loop to keep out the mud. The size large was a notch tighter than other size larges, though, so check the size before buying. The trousers use a waterproof fabric that’s rated as able to withstand a 2 metre hydrostatic head, while many alternatives are made from fabric that’s far more waterproof than this, so this may wear out sooner than more durable waterproof fabrics. All those features mean Quechua Forclaz 300 overtrousers are heavier than the other models in our test.
Men’s sizes 38-54
Women’s sizes none
Weight 523g + 85g removable braces (size 44)
Quechua Forclaz 300 overtrousers are outstanding value for money (indeed, they won Trail’s ‘Best Value’ award), but a higher price does bring fabrics with higher waterproofness ratings and lower weight.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine April 2014