Gear review: Mammut hiking pants

Recommended Price: £79
Weight: 230g (32″)

Allegedly we’re now in the middle of summer, the ideal time of year for this pair of lightweight walking trousers from Mammut.

The fit is athletic, but the stretchy material (94% Polyamide, 6% Elastane) and shaped knees ensures that these are extremely comfortable to wear. They are very quick drying, and have been treated with a durable water repellent coating that helps to repel light showers. The coating is PFC-free, and the trousers are bluesign certified, so you can be confident that their manufacture minimizes environmental impact.

There are two front pockets, both zipped, and one at the rear – though I’ve never found it comfy to use rear pockets in walking trousers. The waist is not elasticated and there are belt loops, though no belt is supplied – I think it would be better if one was included at this price point. Although the trousers are light, the fabric doesn’t show any signs of wear as yet, unlike some of the more ultra-light trousers I’ve worn recently which have been pretty fragile. They come in waste sizes from 28″ to 40″ for men and size 6 – 20 for women, as well as three different lengths.

The design of these pants is very simple – but why complicate things when they work so well?

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