Great trousers, good stretch fit and water repellent. Pay the extra and buy these
An ideal all weather product for outdoors involving intensive physical activities and rough terrain. Gives desired flexibility and protected from wear and tear of cloth at contact points.
I could have got the Forclaz 500 stretch trousers for hiking, and saved 20 quid. However I was drawn to these for some reason. So glad I did though.
Pockets are well situated for GPS, wrappers off my snack bars etc. while not letting things dig into my legs - probably the stretch helps, they are VERY stretchy.
They are a slim fit, and to me this makes them warmer - no draughts - plus less mud working its way up from the ankles as they rub less on each others legs.
I tighten the ankle cord, and clip the bottom hook tight down my laces and as mentioned re mud, quite often it obviates the need for gaiters - unless it's very muddy and wet.
Quite windproof, not often I've put on long johns as it gets colder. They take a while to wet out in the rain, dry very quick and are comfortable even when wet - so I resist over trousers for longer than I normally would. I'm in my 50's and walked for a loooong time. These are the best walking trousers I've ever had.
I wear these daily for work, I find all of the pockets to be of good size. the fabric is very comfortable, I recently wore them trekking in the Himalayas for 3 weeks straight and over 5000m numerous times. they were great. they are skin tight pretty much!
These are pretty usable pants. Mainly because of the elastic and synthetic fibres, which give good freedom of movement, yet a tight fit, a light weight, and quick drying.
Other good details are: reinforcement of bottom and knees, zippers on pockets, side pockets, practical colour, well working belt.
But as are experienced earlier, Decathlon over elaborated on cleverly intended, but not so useful, or not even clever details. I hope they will read this and improve. Though this is a long list, it does not make them bad pants.
- Cinch cords and zippers on ankles. And oh yes, those 'clever' hooks. I will probably never use them, and may remove them as far as possible. For now they just add weight and cost.
- Diagonal side pockets. Not so clever for longer rigid objects, as those cannot lie flat on the leg.
- Side pocket are too small anyway, and I can barely get my hands through the openings!
- Strange combination of sleeves and double loops for the belt. The loops are mostly useless, while their double character makes it likely to get things entangled (like with carabiners by the climber I am). I may cut most of them off. The sleeves are comfortable, but make it impossible to (temporarily) remove the belt, or really tuck away the end, though the added elastic band helps for the latter.
- Mesh in the upper pockets. I really urge makers to NEVER do that. It is likely to get things stuck in, get holes, and lose contents.
- Combination of popper button and velcro. Hmm, maybe. But no, the velcro likely gets entangled in some fabric if it is not shut, like on a thermo shirt. A simple hook often works best, maybe in combination with a popper.
Good lucks guys. Still nice pants for a very affordable price.
Once you are into it, nothing more you can ask for in a high altitude Trekking Terrain. Good stuff, water repellent, elasticity, stretchabilty, brethabilty. It becomes your second skin.
If your trek requires flexible moves ... Like bouldering... Go for it...
The trousers are of great use in treks where you may come in contact with snow or rainfall!
It was really useful in Roopkund trek which had temperatures below freezing point and the snow didn’t trouble me a bit because of the trousers
Excellent and comfortable fit
This is good buy for trackers as its very comfortable. One can also use for long bike rides. Great buy !