These women’s walking trousers have an ankle cuff that’s adjustable using a Velcro tab and an expandable zip. The ankle cuffs are also reinforced on the inside leg, making them suitable for rugged mountaineering use. The waist has been designed with belt loops, elastication and loops for braces, and there is also a zip fly with press stud fastening. The three pockets (two hip and one thigh) are all a good size and are lined with a solid-feeling mesh and secured with zips. The knees are articulated to improve movement . But the fabric is not the stretchiest and the cut doesn’t compensate for this, making the fit feel ‘frumpy’, especially around the waist. The fabric was generally a bit disappointing as it feels protective but is by no means the most wind-resistant available. The ankle cuff adjustment also uses Velcro, which can be problematic with mud – this is Britain after all!
Fabric: Schoeller FTC 3xDry
Colour: carbon/pumpkin, smoke/apple, smoke/carbon, black/black
Size: 32-46 (plus regular, short and long leg length) (women’s)
Weight: 436g (size 40)
Made in China
Stores in UK: England 30; Wales 7; Scotland 2; Ireland 0
Verdict: Buy it if the fit suits you and you want ample features that will always come in useful on the hill