Well-proven and popular overtrousers, Berghaus Deluge pants are competitively priced but they also have a few more features to make them slightly better for the hillgoer than some similar designs. They are made from AQ2, a ripstop nylon with a polyurethane coating to make it waterproof and breathable. But you also get a loose mesh lining, which makes them a little more comfortable and less clammy to wear. To make them easier to put on over boots, the side zip extends to the hips so it is extremely easy to whip these on and off between showers if needed. The zip also has a double external stormflap to help prevent leaks in this area. There is no adjustment at the ankle cuff but the fit is not too flappy and so this is not a major drawback. The waist has elastication and a drawcord, and the general fit is relatively close. Deluge pants also come in three leg lengths so they should fit more people than other models. They are not the lightest option though and if you spend more money you can get improvements in performance. But for most hillwalkers Berghaus Deluge pants are great all-rounders.
Material AQ2 nylon ripstop
Sizes S-XXXL (men’s); 8-18 (women’s) (all in 3 leg lengths)
Weight 384g (L)
Berghaus Deluge trousers are the best for hill-walking in this test.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2012