The Best Walking Trousers
- Fjällräven Keb Trousers – Best Walking Trousers Tested
- Häglofs Rugged Flex Pant
- Mountain Equipment Ibex Pants
- Fjällräven Abisko Trekking Tights – Best Tights For Hiking Tested
- CimAlp Explore H Pants
- Salewa Alpine Hemp Lite Trousers
- Mammut Runbold Pants
- Halti Pallas 2
- Keela Scuffers
- Sasta Kaarna
- Revolution Race GPX Pro
- Páramo Maui
The trousers reviewed below range from lightweight backpacking trousers to full winter mountaineering pants. We’ve included pairs to suit every season and every type of terrain, and the majority come in men’s and women’s versions. If you’re after something waterproof, go check out our guide to the best waterproof overtrousers.
BEST BUY: Fjällräven Keb Trousers
Best for: Hiking, hillwalking and trekking
Key attributes: Durable, well-articulated, eco-friendly
These trousers are already highly regarded, but the latest version has an improved fit and functionality. They still employ a hybrid construction of weatherproof and tough G-1000 Eco – a sustainable polycotton blend that can be waxed for additional water-resistance – with 4-way stretch fabric panels. This offers good durability yet exceptional freedom of movement.
They are now a little slimmer fitting overall, particularly in the lower leg and over the rear. Stretch panelling is a bit more extensive and a seam has been removed across the rear thigh. There are still double leg vents to help dump heat, but the top vent now has a two-way zip, which does improve usability. The pocket construction has been simplified, as has the patterning at the ankle. These design changes have made them even better suited to technical trekking and hillwalking, resulting in a superb pair of outdoor trousers.
G-1000 Eco: 65% polyester, 35% cotton with stretch panels (63% polyamide, 26% polyester, 11% elastane) / Adjustable leg endings / Pre-shaped knees / Boot hooks / 2 hand pockets / 2 thigh pockets / Thigh and calf ventilation / impregnated with Greenland Wax for water-resistance.
Haglöfs Rugged Flex Pant
Best for: Hillwalking, scrambling, general outdoor use
Key attributes: Stretchy and slim-fitting
The Rugged Flex by Swedish brand Haglöfs are an evolution of their original Rugged Mountain Pant. You could call this new design a 2020 makeover with new stretchy fabrics and a much, much slimmer fit.
Featured here are two types of fabric that are both treated with an eco-friendly durable water repellent to help on those slightly drizzly days. Across the front of the thighs and on the calves there’s a tough polyamide which feels a little like tightly-woven cotton. Then, on the knees, shins, backside and inner thigh there’s a four-way stretch elastane-based fabric to allow dynamic movement.
For scrambling, general hillwalking, or even casual use, these are a great pair of trousers that performed excellently in our tests. Bear in mind, if you have thick legs you might need to consider going one size up with these.
Available in men’s and women’s versions / Sizes XS- XXL / Climatic fabric: 95% Polyamide, 5% Elastane / FlexAble fabric: 90% Polyamide, 10% Elastane with 4-way stretch / Bluesign approved / Velcro adjustable ankle cuffs / two zippered hand pockets / one zippered thigh pocket / Fluorocarbon free DWR.
Check out our full Haglofs Rugged Flex review
Mountain Equipment Ibex Trousers
Best for: Mountaineering, trekking
Key attributes: Alpine-specific fit and details
If you’re looking for a pair of walking trousers for just about every outdoor occasion or activity then you won’t go far wrong with the Mountain Equipment Ibex.
Whether you’re climbing in the Peak District or backpacking along the Cape Wrath Trail, this pair of softshell trousers are going to give you all the stretchiness, water and wind resistance and just general comfort that you require. It’s no surprise, really, that these are a best seller for Mountain Equipment – keep an eye out for them when you’re next in a mountain town, you’re bound to see someone wearing a pair.
Things you get with the Ibex then: an integrated hipbelt, zippered handwarmer pockets, a single zipped pocket on the backside and even two zipped pockets on the thigh as well (which double as vents – nice). One thing mountaineers are really going to appreciate with these is the zipped and gusseted ankles which will accommodate all-mountain boots when required.
Available in 28-40 S,R,L / Exolite 210 stretch double weave Soft Shell fabric / alpine fit with regular fit ankle / 2 zipped hand pockets and 1 rear zipped pocket / 2 zipped thigh pockets with integrated mesh lining / integrated belt with double press-stud waist closure / microfleece lined waistband / ankle zips with internal gusset panel.
CimAlp Explore H Pants
Best for: Hillwalking, scrambling, climbing and bouldering
Key attributes: Stretchy yet durable
While these might be a fairly lightweight pair of trousers (though not the lightest) they’re actually surprisingly durable. That’s all thanks to the four-way stretch that the X-Trem fabric offers, plus the light Dupont Cordura overlays on the knees and ankle cuffs.
They feature a semi-elastic waist band, a typically alpine fit (CimAlp are a French Alps-based brand after all), DWR treatment for a degree of wet weather performance, two zipped hand pockets and one zipped thigh pocket.
The articulation is impressive – we’d say they’d not only be a good option hillwalkers and scramblers, but for climbers and boulderers as well.
Available in men’s and women’s versions / DWR treatment / wind resistance up to 60km/h / UPF 50+ / two zipped hand pockets / one zipped thigh pocket / semi-elasticated waist / belt loops / Fabric X-Trem and Dupont Cordura.
Check out out full CimAlp Explore H Pants review