Rab’s Exodus trousers offer the best compromise in this test between ruggedness and comfort. Despite the substantial weightiness of the fabric, the trousers are surprisingly easy to move in – helped in large part by the highly articulated knees. They also offer the most effective ventilation zips on test: positioned right in the centre of the thighs, they let in a wonderful wallop of fresh air whenever you need it. When all zipped up, the fabric will stand up to pretty much all the scrapes and scuffs a mountain path can summon, and the reinforced ankles will protect from any self-inflicted abrasions too. Talking of ankles, the Exodus trousers also come with waterproof ‘snow gaiters’, which lock out the wet stuff from the ground up. The trousers are a match for the wind as well: a weekend of Irish Sea gales certainly couldn’t penetrate the fabric, though I have to say that the rain did. It was pretty serious Snowdonian rain (is there any more serious?), but I’d say the water repellency is still the weak spot on these otherwise superb walking trousers.
Target Price £130
Fabric: 50% polyamide, 43% polyester, 7% elastane
Contact: 01773 601870, www.rab.equipment/uk
PROS: Durable fabric, great windproofing, good freedom of movement.
CONS: Not as water repellent as others, heavy, expensive.
VALUE FOR MONEY: 3/5
BEST FOR: Those who spend a lot of time in the hills and value durability.
Review from Country Walking magazine