Berghaus’s trousers in light stretchy nylon – the fabric is popular with many companies – have two good features in the side vents and the three leg lengths but they are heavier than the similar trousers from Arc’teryx and Mammut. The cost is lower however. The shortest leg length is just okay for me – another centimetre less would be better. Also, like similar trousers, the cut is on the loose side despite the stretchy fabric. This means freedom of movement is excellent, especially as there’s a crotch panel and shaped knees. As usual the fabric is wind resistant but not fully windproof. Berghaus describes the Ortlers as three-season trousers. I’d say barely – on cold windy autumn and spring days another layer will probably be needed. 

The pockets are fairly basic – none are zipped – so these are not trousers for those who like secure pockets or ones for maps. The side vents are good on hot days.

First published: Sept 2013