These walking trousers are the most rugged trousers in this test. The fabric itself is sturdy, but there are also double and triple lines of stitching. The main fabric isn’t stretchy, but the knee and seat panels are four-way stretch fabric that provides comfort and freedom when scrambling around. The black ankle cuff is not stretchy but is made of tough abrasion-resistant material, which is ideal. The ankle cuff gets a wide webbing tape adjuster, which looks neat and helps control the fit. The waist is pretty standard with belt loops, zip fly and elastication. There are five pockets, three of which have zips. They are all quite deep and you can fit an OS map into the leg pocket. You get a zipped leg vent behind the thigh too. But others are stretchier, which may be better for climbing and scrambling. The cut is not quite as close as some. These are likely to be better for backpacking than mountaineering. They weigh heavily if carried in a pack, while the black knee panels make them look overly ‘outdoor’. There‘s no women’s version either.
Material: Climate 143
Sizes: XS-XL (men’s)
Colours: green/black, light mole/black
Weight: 760g (size L)
Made in: Vietnam
Stores in the UK: 8
Verdict: The best in our test for extended rugged backpacking and hill-walking expeditions, where a combination of durability and performance is required day after day.