The Rohan On Track Cargo Shorts’ fabric is a very tough nylon that looks and feels like a heavy cotton but is fast-drying. You get two lines of stitching too so they should be very durable. For comfort there is a nice big crotch panel and the waist is elasticated. So while these shorts do not use a stretch material they are comfy and, I found, allow good freedom of movement. The two hip pockets can easily take OS maps and the leg pockets a small guidebook (plus they take maps if you don’t need to secure the flap). The seat pocket is also map-sized. So there is plenty of cargo space. These are great all-round shorts with little to complain about from a walker’s perspective. You do get a small Velcro security pocket, but I’d ideally prefer a slightly bigger zipped pocket for security purposes, which is something Rohan normally provides. Stretch fabric would also be nice, and some people may prefer this, while a brushed lining would make the Rohan On Track Cargo Shorts even more comfy.
Material nylon ripstop canvas
Weight 350g (size 36 without belt)
Made in Taiwan
Stores in the UK 150
The Rohan On Track Cargo Shorts are an excellent pair of shorts that are durable and well-designed for hill-walkers and backpackers. They won Trail’s ‘Best in Test’ accolade.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine August 2011