It was not long ago that zip-offs were definitely uncool. Now the coolest trousers have multi-length zip-offs! The Rohan Essential DC Trousers can be zipped off to calf length or to knee length. This is practical and fashionable, so Rohan is onto a winner in my view. Like all Rohan gear these trousers are perhaps better suited to travel than pure hill-walking, but they do have great features too. The waist is elasticated with a belt, the garment is lightweight and the fabric is fast-drying and crease-resistant. The two hip pockets are big enough for maps and there’s a zipped security pocket for valuables. There is a zipped seat pocket as well. A neat touch is that the zip-off sections are colour-coded, and also the seams have double lines of stitching for a little more durability. But they do lack ankle cuff adjustment to tidy up the lower leg area. Also there are no side zips so you do have to remove your boots to take off the leg sections. Some stretch fabric would make them even more comfortable, but the real question you have to ask is do you really need two zip-off options?
Material nylon with Dynamic Moisture Control
Weight 344g (size M)
Made in Asia
Stores in the UK 43
Fine if you like the extra zip-off options, but the Rohan Essential DC Trousers do lack some other important features.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine July 2010