Mountain Equipment Particle Pant

These are exceptionally lightweight waterproof overtrousers that come with a tiny stuffsack for easy packing in your rucksack. The fabric is very thin, while the articulated knees allow a close but not restrictive fit. Fitting is very easy thanks to a long (83cm) zip which makes putting them on over boots a doddle. There is a drawcord at the hem if needed, but I found they sat over boots perfectly well without adjustment. The waist has a zip fly opening and elastication, but better still there are loops for fitting braces if preferred. A nice touch is that the side zips can be opened from the top for venting. But the side zips do not get an external stormflap so I would not be surprised if they leaked in really heavy driving rain. A waist drawcord would be good, or perhaps a belt – rather than the elastication without additional adjustment, as provided.


Outer fabric: 2.5 layer Drilite Ultra
Inner fabric: none
Sizes: S-XL (men’s); 8-16 (women’s)
Weight: 288g (size L)
Made in: China
Stores in the UK: 35 (available late Feb08)

Verdict: Lightweight, packable and easy to fit, but stormflaps over the leg zips would be a benefit in heavier rain.