The North Face’s Pursuit Side Zip Pant is a reasonably lightweight option at 321g for a size medium, so you won’t mind packing this into your rucksack and carrying it just in case it rains. It’s made from a 2.5 layer fabric, meaning there is no scrim or mesh lining inside, so it may get a little more clammy than some others, although I don’t think this is a major problem if you wear good synthetic trousers underneath that don't hold water. The waist is elasticated with a plain drawcord tie, but there is no zip fly or other adjustment, so these sort of fit or they don’t. These were a size medium but fitted me better than some size larges in the Trail test. The legs have a hip-length zip with twin zip pulls along with internal and external flaps to keep the worst of cross-blown rain off. However the zip is not a water-resistant type used on higher-priced trousers, so I’d prefer better flaps ideally as this area could leak more easily than other designs. There is a Velcro tab at the ankle cuff, which is useful for collecting any bagginess in this area. This is a good lightweight option but it’s not perfect in terms of its design at this price.
Material 2.5 layer HyVent polyester
Men’s sizes S-XL
Women’s sizes XS-XL
Weight 321g (size men’s M)
The The North Face Pursuit Side Zip Pant is a good option with long side zips and a low weight but are those side zips water-resistant enough for driving rain? Only just missed out on the top eight, but great trousers nonetheless.
Review by Graham Thompson
Just missed out on being in Trail magazine April 2014