Not the most glamorous item of outdoor clothing, and a bad choice won’t matter that much, but they are still an important garment affecting comfort and weather protection on the hill. Some walkers favour tight and stretchy legging-style trousers like the infamous Ronhill Trackster, others a loose-fitting cargo-pant style. Regardless – they need to offer unrestricted movement. Full-cotton trousers are not ideal – taking an age to dry when wet, but cotton blends such as polycotton are much better. Fully synthetic fabrics are perfect though, lightweight and quick drying while resisting wind. The number and distribution of pockets is a matter of personal choice, though I find loads of overloaded pockets annoying....
Our gear testers Phil and Helen have put 16 pairs of walking trousers through their paces. For the full details, visit:
Phil's review of men's walking trousers
Helen's review of women's walking trousers