There’s something comforting about stepping into the Warm Challenger Pants. That’s partly because they’re lined with snug, soft fleece, but also because they’re made by Sprayway, who can generally be relied upon to produce solid pieces of outdoors kit. The Warm Challengers are, sure enough, solid and reliable. On the wild west coast of Wales they saw off showers with ease and kept me warm despite a keen wind, though they’re not quite as windproof as some of the pricier models. Weighing in at a light and breezy 315g, the Warm Challengers aren’t prone to overheating, but the lack of ventilation zips means things can still get a little sweaty on those thigh-burning climbs. The most impressive thing at this price range is that these trousers still allow an excellent range of movement even while offering a substantial barrier against the elements. Some might not find the elasticated waistband particularly sexy, but when you’re halfway up a mountain with rain dripping off your nose and sheep poo on your boots, who cares really? Target Price £60.
Fabric: 90% polyamide, 10% elastane
Contact: 0161 366 5020, www.sprayway.com
PROS: Freedom of movement, good value, good water repellency.
CONS: Windproofing could be better, poor venting, not too durable.
Value for money: 4/5
Best for: Hillwalking on cool showery days when overtrousers are overkill.
Review from Country Walking magazine.