The Abisko Trekking Tights are a hi-spec technical pant that combines the best features of leggings and trekking pants into a single product that offers comfort and fit with durability and pocket storage.
What the manufacturers say:
Technical and durable trekking tights in a highly functional stretch fabric. They combine the freedom of movement of tights with the durability of a pair of trekking trousers; reinforcements over the rear and knees can handle close contact with sharp stones and rocks and also resist moisture if you sit or kneel on damp ground. Perfect for all kinds of trekking in the mountains and other types of rough terrain. The waist and the upper front are made from a woven stretch fabric, that together with belt loops and a fly give them a trouser-like look. Practical leg pockets offer practical storage; a large one on the right-hand leg has room for a map and a smaller zippered one on the left-hand leg fits a compass – perfect for when you are heading out into the unknown. In addition, there is a pair of hand pockets with zippers and a little loop at the waist lets you attach gear or a light jacket close at hand. The excellent fit and four-way stretch fabric gives a garment that has maximum freedom of movement, that can easily tag along on a shorter or longer climb and that will sit comfortably under a pair of shell trousers if it starts raining.
- Technical hard wearing fabric
- Wicks away sweat
- Reinforcements on the knees and rear
- Belt loops
- 4 total pockets, 3 zipped
- Gusset at the crotch and low-profile flatlock seams
- Zipped fly
Fjallraven Abisko Trekking Tights on test:
The first question you ask on being presented with a pair of Fjallraven Abisko Trekking Tights is what are they? Are they leggings or are they trousers? Well the honest answer is somewhere in between - or possibly both.
Visually they appear to be leggings, but in use they're a functional pair of trousers with the durability to last day after day of repeated abuse. Essentially what Fjallraven have done is taken a traditional legging for its stretch and comfort and made it trekking friendly with some serious reinfocement where it's needed and a set of discreet but essential pockets. Add in excellent breathability and a degree of water resistance where it most matters and you've got a hybrid legging/trouser that offers the best of both.
The Fjallraven use 12% elastane in the Abisko tights meaning you get a serious amount of 4 way stretch and absolute freedom of movement. The two handwarmer pockets are just that, with quite a small zipped opening and while the stretch of the fabric does increase the capacity these pockets are not designed for keeping a map in. For map storage there's a pocket on the right lag with a fold over top rather than a zip and while it doesn't look large enough with the tights off the stretch of the fabric when on gives more than enough room for an OS map. On the left leg you get a further, medium-sized, zipped pocket for a GPS or compass.
When it comes to the normal pressure points for leggings, the knees and bum, Fjallraven have gone to extremes to make these points extremely durable with a fabric that feels similar to a kitchen scourer. Not content with durability these "patches" are pretty much totally non-slip and add important water resistance jsut where it's needed. You can safely sit or kneel on damp ground without fear.
With a £130 price tag the Fjallraven Abisko Trekking Tights aren't cheap but they are unique. There's always a danger with hybrid products that the result is less than the combined parts but in this case the end product is truly the best of both leggings and trekking pants. Once you get over the look the combination of comfort and durability, tiny pack size and great wicking properties they become a true multi-purpose solution.