The Haglöfs Lite Split Pants are very practical trousers. Firstly they have the essential feature of a convertible trouser that is going to be used when backpacking and hill-walking – and that is lower leg zips. These zips extend almost to the knee so you can whip off the lower legs without removing your boots. You can nip in the ankle cuff too thanks to an internal drawcord adjuster, again a very useful feature on the hill. The two hip pockets are map-sized, which is useful, but there is also a handy pocket inside the waist plus two zipped seat pockets. Belt loops allow a belt to be fitted, although one is not supplied. As with most trousers here the fabric is a quick-drying and hard-wearing nylon. They’re great all-round hill pants that many walkers and backpackers will find ideal. But I would remove the zip pulls from the leg zips immediately as they just add discomfort and are not really needed. While the pockets are good they could be even better if the openings were angled more steeply to allow better access. There is no stretch in the fabric either. So some fine-tuning could make these trousers even better.
Sizes XS-XXXL (men’s); 34-46cm (women’s)
Weight 334g (size L)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 25
The Haglöfs Lite Split Pants are good pair of trousers with only minor niggles, so well worth a closer look.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine July 2010