found Fjällräven’s Abisko Trail Tights really comfortable when I tested them for Outdoors Magic last year so I had high expectations for the brand’s latest offering, the Fjällräven Kaipak Curved trousers.
After numerous test trips exploring the outlying fells of the Lake District, I haven’t disappointed. The trousers are high waisted, with no gaping at my lower back. They fit around my hips and rear perfectly. I would describe my figure as athletic – I have a slim waist but strong glutes and quads and this curved style seemed to really suit my shape.
The fabric is breathable, so even after 20km of hiking in the balmy spring weather, I was still very comfortable. There’s also articulation around the knees to allow for great range of movement.
With an outdoor trouser in the mountains, all I’m looking for is that they don’t ride up or down, that my legs are warm but not too hot, that there is sufficient give in the fabric to accommodate scrambling and hopping over stiles and that the material is comfortable against my skin. On that basis, the Kaipak Curved trousers tick all of my boxes.
There are many versatile pockets in the Kaipak Curved trousers. The pocket on the right thigh is zippered and is deep enough to fit a wallet. It has a hidden pocket within it which is the perfect size for a smart phone. The pocket on the left thigh is secured with a snap fastener. This pocket is wide enough to stow an OS Explorer map and deep enough so that most of the map is stowed, enabling easy access if you’re checking the map regularly. There are also two spacious pockets by the hips which I haven’t been tempted to use as there’s no way of securing the contents.