The Switchback Plus soft shell fabric of the Talus is light, stretchy, and so really easy to move in; and the polyester lining feels lovely and soft against the skin. The waist has some stretch in it and comes with belt loops (but no belt) so this can be easily fine-tuned. The drawcord ankle cuffs do help ensure a good fit in the leg, despite only being one length. In action, they feel light and really easy to move in but are perhaps a little too thin for cooler days, although this obviously extends their range when the going gets hot. They resist drizzle and low cloud well, and dry quickly, and whilst the zip access cargo pockets are more subtle than most, the opening is too small for maps or guidebooks. The techy looks won’t suit everyone.
Fabric: Switchback Plus (nylon/elastane)
Sizes: Waist S-XXL; inside leg 32in
Plain or convertible: Plain
Women’s version: No
Contact: 01572 724499, www.mountainhardwear.com