Verdict – Our Best Buys
So which is the best option for you? There are no clear and obvious answers, all the trousers we’ve looked at work well in particular situations, but here are some of our faves.
For full-on, all-day, technical use, it’s hard to see past the latest version of the Mountain Equipment G2 Ultimate Mountain Pant. It’s a mouthful of a name, but the G2 is seriously well specced and developed, tough without being overly burly and weather protective enough to cope with anything short of stormageddon conditions.
If you prefer a softer feel and like the Nikwax Analogy concept, the Enduro Trousers are, we reckon, the best Paramo trousers yet with a great cut and fantastic venting options. Not as tough as the G2, but a great mountain all-rounder.
We’d stick the Paramo in here as well, it’s just a really versatile beast, but we’re also big fans of the Fjällräven Keb Trousers as a leftfield alternative to more conventional softshell pants like the Jack Wolfskin Activate.Great fabrics, a sustainable vibe and good venting options and looks that are a little bit different.
Best Rain Protection
For ultimate rain protection, both the Berghaus Ortler Waterproof Trousers and Sprayway’s All Day Rainpant do a great job without being a conventional overtrouser. They can both get a little sweaty under duress, but in light to medium rain and generally changeable conditions, both do a good job.
For mountain use we’d have to give the edge to the Berghaus Ortler, it’s simply a nicer design, but don’t write off the Sprayway alternative, they’re lighter, cheaper and still do a decent job for all-round walking.
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