Mountain Hardwear Cohesion Pant

These are a very usable pair of waterproof overtrousers! The waist is not only elasticated, but it also has a belt that (unlike a drawcord) really gives a secure feeling and you don’t worry about it working loose and your trousers ending up round your ankles. This is a unique feature as far as the trousers we looked at go, and it helps to make these stand out. The side zip is a three-quarter-length version and it’s more than adequate to ensure that you will not be covered in mud after trying to get them on in a hurry. The zip has stormflaps both inside and out. The ankle cuff is straightforward with a Velcro tab to give the option of adjustability should you need it. The knees and gusset use a different and more durable fabric to protect these vulnerable parts of the trouser. The weight and price are also something to get excited about, as both are low. These the second lightest ocertrousers tested – yet they are also £30 cheaper. The fit is good without being restrictive or hard to get on over other items of clothing, nor is it too baggy and therefore flapping in the wind and catching on everything in sight. This is a fine balance to achieve and a very important one. They also come in a colour other than black!
But The fabric is not the most breathable and as a result could prove sweaty if you are working hard. The ankle cuff adjustment is located right on the hem of the trousers, so there is nothing to prevent the tab getting caught and muddy, bearing in mind that adjustment is made using Velcro which can become ineffective in typical British conditions. There is also nothing to fasten the outer stormflap down to keep out the weather.

 

Fabric: nylon, outer, Conduit Dry Touch coating
Fabric waterproofness: very waterproof
Fabric breathability: very breathable
Colour: shark
Size: women’s XS-XL; men’s S-XXL
Weight: 274g (women’s size S)
Made in Vietnam
Stores in UK: England 50; Wales 6; Scotland 10; Ireland 4

Verdict: Buy it if you don’t need the best fabric yet want a lighter-weight trouser that has all the necessary features then these are ideal if you want to save some cash.