I’ve long been a fan of Montane Terra Pants and the Terra Pack version tick all the right boxes for someone who still likes to think of himself as an ultralight backpacker. These trousers are designed to pack so small you hardly even know they’re in your bag. The problem is I like them so much I want to wear them all the time, not pack them away. However, I’ve been wearing a lot of lycra this year as I’ve spent many days on my bike, so the Terra Pack Pants have lived in one of my panniers during the day, then worn in a variety of pubs in the evening. They’re perfect for that, but I’ve worn them on the hill too and, with their four pockets, ankle-adjustment facility and lightweight cotton-feel material, they’ve been superb. The knees are already articulated, meaning they fit well for scrambling. The ankle can be adjusted by a press stud to fit tightly against your boots – a nice touch. Montane also claim the weave offers 40+ UPF protection against the sun. I once described Montane’s Terra Pants as ‘perfect pants for the hills’ and the Terra Pack Pants keep up the standard.