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I bought these after they were on the kit list for a well of hill walking. They were fairly expensive at around £40 a pair, and so I was a little apprehensive about having to spend £80 on two pairs of what seemed like, well, trousers. I'd bought walking trousers before, but never spent that much on them.
I needn't have been. After reading the little water symbol on the trousers, I decided to pour some water on them. THe wter fell straight off the material, as though the material is repellent.
I have to hand it to Craghoppers on their ability to make such well insulated walking trousers, the material kept me warm, but not overly so.
The pièce de résistance of these trousers are the lower bottom, which can zip off to become shorts. This, when the sun shines down and you have a 70 litre rucksack on your back, is a Godsend. Feeling a little warm? You can simply zip off the trousers, et voila! Shorts.
But there are, of course, some bad points. Firstly, these are some of the most unflattering trousers in the WORLD! The sizes can also be slightly tight, I bought a pair in a size 8, and one in a size ten, and the size 8 is snug at best. I have to pull them right up to my waist.
Overall, these trousers are well worth the money if you are looking for a durable, waterproof pair of trousers.
And if you're looking for style, bypass the shop that sell these completely and go into Topshop.
Quality wise, Craghoppers couldn't have made a better quality walking pant in my opinion
I have recently been updating some of my outdoor hiking gear as some of my stuff had seen better days and one of the things I needed was a good pair of hiking trousers that were tough enough to with stand some of the rough and tumble of hiking through woods and up mountains but were also quck drying. The fact that these can also zip off into a pair of shorts means that they are excellent if you are off to warmer climes as they can double up so freeing up more storage space in your ruck sack.
I have had the traditional ones before however this is the first time I have gone for the zip off variety and while the downside to the zips is that it is one more thing that can go wrong on the garment the versatility is a plus.
Normally these sell for between £40 - £45 but I got mine online for £25 which was a nice saving. They are available in three colours, I went with the dark blue pictured however there are lighter colours as well.
They are very comfortable to wear and come with a pinch shut belt, velcro sealed side and knee pockets however there was no front zipped security pocket which is a bit annoying and the only downside on my pair.
Lightweight, durable, and with reinforced seat and knees, theyre a great investment for travel or walking.