I haven’t had much luck with walking trousers. Until now! I have finally found a pair of women’s walking trousers that fit nicely, stretch with my every move, don’t ride up or rub while I walk, even when I’m a bit sweaty – and actually look as good on the hills as they do at the pub. The trousers are made by one of my favourite brands, too, Arcteryx. (It’s just as well that I’ve found these trousers because for more than a decade I have been wearing a pair of Billabong outdoor trousers that are very, very threadbare, faded and have big tears at the leg ends. The G-Force has been moaning that they look very bad. Very bad indeed!) But the G-Force says he loves the look of the Arcteryx Gamma Walking Trousers – and he wishes he had a pair of the male version Arcteryx.
Tested tough is the hashtag Columbia use for their gear so we got a couple of pieces of their kit to take up the challenge.
What do you get if you cross a pair of leggings with a pair of trekking pants? Fjallraven believe they have the answer in the Abisko Trekking Tights.
Mammut describe their top of the range Castor Pant as being ideal for Classical Alpinism, Mixed and Ice climbing and Alpine Ski-ing. And also suitable for Nordic Ski-ing, Ski-touring/Backcountry Ski-ing and Mountain Hiking.
As a Mountaineering Instructor, I was looking for a work pant that would look good, be lightweight, flexible, comfortable, windproof and waterproof and durable.
Montane Super Terra Pants
Colours: Phantom / Black / Phantom zips / Burnt orange details, Triassic green / Black / Triassic green zips, Mercury / Black / Shadow zips
One of the all time classics gets a winter upgrade. The definitive mountain pants. the Montane Terra, but more rugged and more durable. Designed to take whatever the mountrain throws at you the Super Terra uses highly abrasion resistant fabrics combined with reinforcements at the heaviest wearing areas for a pair of pants that will last for years.
I can’t say I’m much of a fan for waterproof trousers. It’s something we are often told to pack during Scouts and Duke of Edinburgh expeditions and now outside of the awards it’s something I often have to remind myself to pack.
There has been speculation that we at My Outdoors can be ‘elitist’ when it comes to our gear reviews. This is not strictly true, the reviews we publish are from a variety of brands that produce gear of very high quality. However, we can only review gear that is made available for us. That said there are a lot of outdoor gear manufacturers producing gear that is affordable and of considerable quality. It is our goal at My Outdoors to bring our readers a sample from all of the brands available to us as outdoors goers.
The multi-purpose Alpine Road Pants from Royal Robbins are a classic travel pant that's equally at home day after day on the trail. 4 way stretch fabric combines with quick drying and ligt weight makes them an obvious choice where you need durability on the trail while maintaining a stylish look for eating out.