Merrell is best-known for its footwear, but they do also produce clothing – and the Bison Convertibles proves they can do a good job of it. The Bison Convertible is made from fast-drying nylon like most of the products in this test, and it benefits from double stitching for extra durability. Most importantly there are lower leg zips to allow easy removal of the legs over boots. The pockets are reasonable too, with two map-width leg pockets on the thigh and two map-sized hip pockets plus two more rear pockets. The waist is quite basic, with just belt loops and no belt or elastication. But these are good trousers and they will be fine for walkers looking for a lower-priced option. But annoyingly the Merrell Bison Convertibles could be much better too as the pockets have clammy nylon linings rather than mesh so this area of the trousers is not as comfortable as it could be. The crotch does not benefit from an additional gusset or diamond panel either, and there is no stretch material included.
Material nylon with Opti-Wick moisture management technology
Sizes 28-40in regular and long leg lengths
Weight 430g (size 35 long)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 150
Many walkers will like the price and practical features of the Merrell Bison Convertibles.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine July 2010