These are very stretchy, close-fitting trousers that cling to the skin but move easily with you, the stretch fabric aided by shaped knees and a crotch gusset. The fabric is brushed on the inside, making these warm trousers suitable for autumn to spring use but definitely not summer. The trousers are very comfortable and the fabric feels tough. The pockets are roomy but the tops are cut off by a hipbelt so you can’t use them when wearing a pack. The legs are only slightly too long for me and I can wear them without turning them up, which means they’ll be short on anyone with long legs.

For cold weather use these are good trousers, though they’d be better if they were more windproof.

First published: Sept 2013