These are the exact opposite of Fjällräven’s Tundra pants. They have static fabric in the seat and knees, and stretch fabric elsewhere. This makes sense in principle – Cordura nylon is a rugged material, used in heavier weights in rucksacks, and is good for reinforcing. But it means you have to be careful with fit. I started with size 12, which fitted perfectly except that the seam junction between static and stretch fabric was restrictive to the point of chafing. I swapped them for size 14, which were super-baggy but meant I couldn’t feel that seam. Since they come with a low-profile webbing belt, I simply hauled in the waist, and got on with them well. Zipped leg vents with mesh add to already breathable fabric. There’s a short zip at the cuff with a fabric insert for minimal venting. Pockets include two at the hip and a small zipped thigh pocket. The waistband has a brushed lining and sits well under a rucksack. Wind resistance is minimal, the DWR coating when new fends off light moisture and can be refreshed. There’s no real warmth but with the baggy fit I can wear winter leggings underneath. Bingo: pants for all seasons, and they’re great for travelling too.
First published: Spring 2013