The North Face Strider Side Zip

Here’s a pair of overtrousers with full-length leg zips that enable them to be completely opened up and make them incredibly easy to put on without hopping around on one foot – handy if you have to make a quick change in the cold. It can make them a bit fussy, although you don’t have to unzip them completely to get them on. The ankle adjustment is great, with Velcro tabs enabling you to get a really tight fit around your boots. The waist adjustment is also good with the elasticated waistband backed up by further Velcro adjuster tabs. The trousers are rather shapeless between the top and bottom, though, billowing a substantial amount, although the ankle and waist adjustment does tie things in tightly. But the generous cut of the fabric makes it fairly noisy as it rubs together between your legs.

Sizes: S-XL

Fabric: HyVent

Weight: 457g

Women’s version available: Yes

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