They’re not sexy, and they’re usually black, but when the rain really buckets down, waterproof overtrousers are your best friend. The rest of the time though, they’re more of a necessary evil, kind of a unwelcome hanger-on lurking in the depths of your pack. The trick is to get the balance between weight and usability just right and to help you do that, we’ve picked out a selection of the best packable, all-round hill and mountain walking overtrousers for our latest kit round-up.
We’re not concerned with full-on all-day technical mountaineering shell trousers, more the sort of waterproof stand-by you carry in your pack, pull on when the heavens open, and take off again once it dries out. Considerations to look at include how light and packable they are, how easy they are to take on and off, whether they have venting options for when things get hot and steamy and how comfortable and unrestrictive they are in use.
Just use the thumbnails and arrows to navigate through the overtrousers or if you’re interested in a particular product, click on the link below for instant transport to your destination. Finally, if you really hate overtrousers with a cold and fiery passion, we’ve put together a selection of Alternative Winter Walking Trousers, which give high levels of protection from a single layer, all-day pant.
To check out all the trousers either scroll down the page or jump straight to your favoured brands via the links below.