Tuesday, 26 April 2022 13:04

Keela Nevis Trousers Test and Review

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Keela's Nevis Trousers are what industry would call a "disruptor"; something that forces its way into an established market through change.

 After decades of dominance by a single brand the default hill walking market has a serious new contender in the Nevis Trousers. A combination of fit, 4 way stretch, noticeable comfort and water reppelance in a familiar styling makes the Nevis a real contender where previously the choice was automatic.

 

What Keela Say:

The Nevis trouser is an extremely versatile piece of kit for your next adventure.

Using fabrics from our Stretch-Tec series the Nevis offers optimum movement with contrast reinforcement panelling at critical high use areas.

Keela Stretch-Tec fabrics are sourced for comfort and durability using superior yarns. The fabrics are
easy care and the quick drying, breathable properties are well suited to this all season trekking trouser.

Features:

  • Water resistant
  • Two zipped hip pockets
  • One zipped back pocket
  • Side leg ventilation
  • Reinforced knee, seat and inner ankles
  • Zipped front fly with snap fastening
  • Ankle zips
  • Stretch fabric allows for ease of movement

 

 Keela Nevis Trousers on Test:

 For the last 20 years choosing a "perfect" pair of hill walking trousers has been a doddle; it's been a choice of one. Whether for summer or winter a pair of "Terras" has been the easiest decision every time. But now there's a new competitor. Keela's Nevis Trousers are a serious competitor to the Terra's monopoly.

The Keela Nevis is a summer trouser that competes with the market leader at every single level. They're soft on the skin, stretch when you need and build to take the wear and tear of the real world. The softshell is breathable and water repellant with a DWR coating and they fit just perfectly - and all at a slightly lower price than the Terra.

The Nevis looks like just another Terra clone at first sight, with the classic knee, instep and rear panels and a slightly technical fit. In use, however, they proved to be far more than a copy. The fit is complemented by a real feel of comfort from the feel against the skin to a waistband that siys perfectly without ever digging in. The 4 way stretch works to perfection, allowing total freedom of movement without the trousers riding up, but without ever feeling as though they're excessively close fitting. 

Nevis Rear Panels

With two front pockets and a single rear pocket there's a reasonable amount of storage, though there's no side or cargo pocket. The pockets, however, are mesh lined which helps with the breahability when active, particularly with the three pockets all being in the closer fit areas.

Nevis side pocket

Ventilation can be further enhanced with the side leg zippers which stretch up to the base of the knee panels and make them easy to put on over boots.

Nevis leg zip

The inner ankle reinforcement panels add valuable abrasion resistance where it's needed.

Nevis instep panel

It's going to take time to overturn 20 years of proven reliability on a single brand but after 6 months of wear in a complete range of conditions the Keela Nevis are proving a match for anything on the market. They feel "right" to the point of becoming unnoticeable; the ultimate aim of any item of outdoor clothing. The fit means they're skin close where they need to be and where they need to hang. They stretch when and where they need to stretch, but never feel baggy, and they're very breathable . With a street price around £60 they're cheaper than the main opposition, but from the first few months of use they match the durability and build quality. 

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