These are not your conventional waterproof overtrousers, and you will not have to keep these packed in the bottom of your rucksack for emergencies. Because of the nature of the fabric, design and construction of these trousers, they will not only serve as a really comfortable, well-thought-out walking trouser but when it starts to rain they will also keep you dry and warm as well. They breathe better than any other trousers we looked at and they don’t rustle as you walk. The waist is elasticated, and it also has a drawstring tie and belt loops. There are two pockets, both of which have zips. These trousers also have a three-quarter-length side zip with a stormflap and press studs to prevent flapping and allow venting. The ankle cuff also has press studs for adjustment. But they may be too bulky and heavy for some people, and while it could be argued that you would not need to bring along another pair of trousers, some may find the construction unwieldy compared to other walking or waterproof trouser combinations. They will also almost certainly be too warm for year-round use.
Fabric: Nikwax Waterproof with Nikwax Analogy Pump Liner
Fabric waterproofness: waterproof/water-resistant
Fabric breathability: extremely breathable
Colour: Navy, dark grey
Size: XS-XL (women’s); S-XXL (men’s) (all available in long and short lengths)
Weight: 504g (women’s size S)
Stores in UK: England 40; Wales 2; Scotland 7; Ireland 1
Verdict: Buy it if you want one pair of trousers to wear during rain as well as between showers and you like well-designed, comfortable clothing.