Regatta Byrne (2012)

Regatta Byrne overtrousers can be yours for just £30, and for that you get a waterproof and breathable garment made from Isotex 5000. There is no mesh lining so these are a little clammier than higher-priced options, but who cares when they spend most of their life in your rucksack? The cut is more basic than higher-priced options too, though, meaning you get a fairly baggy fit. The waist is elasticated and there is a drawcord.

The ankle cuff has a 30cm long zip with a gusset behind it and a Velcro adjuster to narrow the ankle cuff. Although this is a relatively short zip I was able to get these on over my size 11 boots thanks to the width of the legs. The fit is very good for the price but a little baggy around the hips perhaps and not quite as well-fitting as those with higher price tags. There are slit openings so you can access trousers worn underneath, and there is a rear patch pocket. The Regatta Byrne is a good trouser for general walking with excellent performance for the price, but of course you will get a better product if you spend more.

Material Isotex 5000
Sizes XS-XXL (men’s Byrne); S-XL (women’s Amelie II)
Weight 299g (men’s L)
Website www.regatta.com

 

Verdict

Regatta Byrne trousers are the best value for general walking in this test.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2012