Sometimes you come across legwear that you feel is almost too good to wear on the hill. Perhaps it’s a Presbyterian thing but I still have this feeling that I should be wearing old stuff on the mountains, that smart clothing should be kept for Sundays and special occasions. These Sawtooth Pants fall into that category, so I had to fight my instincts and wear them in a variety of conditions that included some real, genuine bog-trotting.

The lightweight softshell fabric provided excellent weather protection – both showerproof and windproof while retaining good breathability. The cut is slightly on the generous side but the material didn’t flap in the wind too much. I’d also be happy to wear these trousers in winter – the reinforced crampon patches on the lower leg suggest they could work as a year-round garment. The fabric, which is 90% nylon and 10% Spandex, also has a UPF rating of 30+ for those sunny days. The waistband is lined with comfy microfleece which has wicking qualities. The two
hand pockets are mesh lined, and there are also two thigh pockets.