Trousers: Rohan Men’s Trailblazers (RRP £85); and Jack Wolfskin Gravity Flex Pants (RRP £100).
We were supposed to pick one favourite item in each category, but with the men’s trousers it was impossible to choose. And with good reason. Two pairs stood head and shoulders (or should that be hip and thigh?) above the rest.
Rohan’s Trailblazers design has been around for a few years now, but they keep on selling because they’re thoughtfully engineered, lightweight, and comfortable. There are some valuable new additions to this year’s version, including Insect Shield® treatment, so the biting bugs will stay away. It doesn’t matter how many times you wash them, the insect shield is actually bonded to the fabric so it remains effective for life. Other features include UV protection (UPF 40+), Dynamic Moisture Control™, and zips on the pockets so you won’t inadvertently sprinkle change down the mountainside.
We needed sunglasses on when we unpacked the Gravity Flex Pants. They’re fire engine red (though also available in grey) and yes, can you see them from the other side of the valley. If you want to be unforgettable, and spark a trend for gorgeous, garish colours amongst hikers, buy them. The technical specs are impressive, too. These trousers are water resistant, abrasion resistant, and they stretch. The fine mesh lining keeps them off your legs, making them breathable as well.