23 August 2017
Rugged by name and rugged by nature, these trousers are constructed from Haglofs’ excellent Climatic stretch fabric, which is strong but soft and comfortable. There are additional reinforced panels at the seat, knees and hems. Main seams are triple-stitched – all in all, they feel pretty much bombproof. The fabrics are windproof and water-resistant, but Bluesign-approved and PFC-free, offering peace of mind for green-conscious consumers.
You get belt loops and two hand pockets, as well as two roomy thigh pockets with stretch bellows. There’s also a zippered back pocket, a stretchy media pocket incorporated in the right-hand thigh pocket and an additional hidden security pocket in the waistband. To mitigate the warmth of the heavyweight construction, thighs have zipped vents. These work well, although the placement is not quite as effective as on the Fjallraven Keb trousers. The fixed leg endings have a webbing strap and plastic buckle to cinch them in over boots.
The part-elasticated waist band also has Velcro adjustable straps, as well as belt loops. The fit is fairly slim but not restrictive – making them a good cut for a range of outdoor activities, from hillwalking, scrambling and general mountaineering to trekking and even climbing. Leg length is fairly long, at about a 33” for a size M.
VERDICT: High quality materials and excellent construction makes these just about the toughest hillwalking trousers around. Yet despite their hard-as-nails credentials, the fabrics feel soft and flexible thanks to built-in 4-way stretch. The trousers are cut really well and you get a multitude of useful pockets. They’re also extremely windproof and water-resistant, shedding drizzle easily. Their warmth makes them ideal for three-season use, but although they are equipped with thigh vents, they don’t shed heat quite as easily as the Fjallraven Keb trousers. They’re also a little heavier, though given the robust construction the weight is not excessive. They’re also better suited to taller, slimmer builds due to the relatively long fixed leg length. But if you’re looking for a pair of quality trousers that are built to last, these are a highly capable option that will give years of good service. We’ve also seen these on sale recently at £50 less than RRP, which brings them into slightly more affordable territory.
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