Rohan has been making great trousers since the 1970s and while much of its clothing is designed for the casual walker and traveller, the Striders are very much for use on the hill and for more arduous treks and mountain adventures. They’re built around a soft-shell-style fabric with good 4-way stretch and abrasion resistance, while being very comfortable against the skin. The waist has belt loops and a very nice brushed lining for a little extra comfort. There is some shaping at the knees and you get a press stud adjustment at the ankle cuff, so not quite the feature set of some higher-priced trousers, but still very comfortable and good for general hillwalking. There is an excellent map-sized thigh pocket that really makes the Rohan Striders practical on the hill, while the two conventional hip pockets are also zipped so anything in them stays safe. There is no leg gusset or braces attachment point, and a little more articulation in the knee may be preferred by some. Others may want some additional abrasion resistance panels on the knee and seat to ensure these aren’t easily trashed.
Fabric Multiflex (92% polyamide, 8% elastane)
Weight 485g (36)
Men’s sizes 32-42
Women’s sizes 8-20
Rohan Striders are great general walking trousers that are good for valley, hill and mountain walking, but higher-priced trousers offer extra features for hard users.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine April 2013