Montane Terra Pants 2011

The Montane Terra Pants are very functional hill trousers that look as ‘techy’ as they are. The use of Tactel fabric (green areas) means these trousers are water-resistant, light and very fast-drying, which are all essential features on the hills. The Cordura (black areas) adds useful additional abrasion resistance on the legs and seat for when you are scrambling around. Put these trousers on and they are very comfy even though they don’t have stretch. What I particularly liked was that I could stash an OS map in the waist pocket with ease, making these just the job for summer walks while wearing just a base layer rather than a pocketed jacket. There are mesh-lined leg vents too, which again is great in summer. The ankle cuff has press stud adjustment and a zipped vent. The trouser comes with an elasticated waist and belt loops, and a belt is supplied too. But there is no stretch fabric in the Montane Terra Pants, which some may feel is a drawback, but for me at least they were very comfy. The leg zip is not gusseted though so it is not as useful as it could be. These are not as warm or as water-resistant as some soft shell trousers and you can get even more durable materials too. Some people may prefer a less overtly ‘outdoor’ style of trouser too as those reinforced panels make a big statement.
Material Tactel and Cordura
Sizes XS-XXL (men’s); 8-18 (women’s)
Colours graphite/black, ivy/black, midnight
Weight 344g (size L)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 150

The Montane Terra Pants are very practical spring to autumn trousers, but some of the small details may not be to everyone’s liking.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine March 2011