When you’re hiking or mountaineering, getting a good pair of trousers is important, and not purely for modesty reasons. Staying warm, dry, comfortable, and protected from the elements is of paramount importance, especially if the peaks you’re going to be attempting are covered in snow, which is increasingly common at this time of year.
The problem you get with regular trousers is that when they get wet, they get heavy and if they’re not a good fit, can start slipping down your legs, resulting in you adopting the accidental builder look as your arse slowly gets exposed to the elements.
“They’re named after Lithang in Tibet which, at a dizzying altitude of 4014 metres, is one of the highest places on the planet.”
The fine people at Sherpa have addressed this with their Lithtang Bib trekking trousers by, well, adding a bib. Pronounced ‘lee∙tung’ (a vital tip for sounding like you know what you’re talking about when you hit the shop to order a pair) these walking trousers are named after Lithang town in Tibet which, at a dizzying altitude of 4,014 metres, is one of the highest places on the planet. Needless to say Sherpa have made their trousers equally as special.
The first thing you’ll notice, of course, is the bib element of the Lithang Hybrid Bib trousers. The suspenders not only help keep the trousers in place when the going gets tough, but the bib element also ensures greater coverage over your torso. Even in snowy conditions, the chances of the elements creeping in and soaking your base layers are significantly reduced. And if you’re in conditions, maybe in the summer, where you don’t need the bib, you can take it off easily.