Really comfortable and lightweight, the Belay comes with belt loops and a stretchy waist to ensure a good fit, but the nylon fabric doesn’t glide over the skin as well as some. Disappointingly, the fabric has no water-repellent treatment, meaning they got soaking wet in a shower, and took a while to dry, too. They also creased easily. They have a very straight leg design, but the rather loose ankles tended to get quite muddy. They have two deep hip pockets and one small cargo pocket, and the fabric is UPF 50+.
Fabric: Opti-Wick (nylon/elastane)
Sizes: Waist 26-36in; inside leg 32in
Plain or convertible: Plain
Men’s version: No
Contact: 0207 860 0100, www.merrell.co.uk