Vaude Escape Full Zip Pant

These waterproof overtrousers use a fabric that is more waterproof and more breathable than some lower-priced options, so you should stay drier. They also have a mesh lining, which again adds to the comfort levels. Fitting is easy thanks to the full-length side zips that mean these fit over any boots in seconds. This zip also gets an external stormflap to keep out the rain. A small Velcro tab keeps the hem neat. The waist has a zip fly, elastication and Velcro for ease of fitting and good adjustment.  Slit entry is provided to your under-garment pockets, while a stuffsack completes this near-perfect package.  But at 526g this is a heavy option compared to most others here. Some people may prefer lighter trousers or those with a plain elasticated waist or even a belt. But these are personal preferences more than flaws in this design, which is hard to fault.

 

Outer fabric: Ceplex 1000 coating polyester
Inner fabric: mesh
Sizes: S-XXXL (men’s); 36-46 (women’s)
Weight: 526g (size L)
Made in: Far East
Stores in the UK: mail order only

Verdict: Superb overtrousers for hill-walkers, but weight may tip the balance towards others.