Hiking trousers?

Discussion in 'Clothing & Footwear' started by Myles21, Aug 21, 2020.

  1. Myles21

    Myles21 Ultralighter

    Can anyone recommend some trousers for cooler season hillwalking? I've a few lightweight pairs that are great for warm weather but need something a bit more windproof, maybe with a slight dwr treatment. I'm not keen on overtrousers so I'd like something that keeps the overtrousers in the pack, for when it's really chucking it down. And I'm not really into tights either.
  2. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

  3. Rmr

    Rmr Section Hiker

    For the last few years I've worn Montane Terra and the Rab that are similar, forgot the name. I've worn them all year round and if really cold, thermals underneath. Both are quick drying and very hard wearing in my experience. Also like Ron Hills, never felt cold in them but I do tend to stay warm when I up my pace.
  4. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    Marmot Scree (they often come up on Sportpursuit) and Rab Vapour-rise (Trail, I think) are my choice for sub-zero conditions. Rab Sawtooth for when it's a bit less cold.
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  5. Baldy

    Baldy Thru Hiker

    Montane Terra pants
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  6. HillBelly

    HillBelly Section Hiker

    Mountain Equipment Ibex. Best allrounders IMHO.
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  7. SteG

    SteG Ultralighter

    I use Montane super terra in the three coldest months and Keela Peru trousers if I am not in shorts. Which are light,stretchy and good price.
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  8. Henry

    Henry Ultralighter

    Another one for montane terra
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  9. dovidola

    dovidola Thru Hiker

    And another for Montane Terra...
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  10. OwenM

    OwenM Section Hiker

    Haglof rugged, I had the bottom gaiter fastening cut off.
  11. Robert P

    Robert P Ultralighter

    Marmot Scree and Terras are good (though Terra's are quite light); my personal preference is the Haglofs Rugged Fjell (not sure if they are still made, but Haglofs have plenty of suitable options).
  12. Darren

    Darren Summit Camper

    I've got a pair of Montane Terra Mission trousers ready for autumn/winter. Have had std Terras previously and they were brilliant, these are a bit more robust and warmer but the fit is identical.
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  13. Myles21

    Myles21 Ultralighter

    Thanks everyone. It's reassuring to see the same brands and models being repeated. Montane Terras could be a winner, I think I'll give a pair a go, if they're not for me I'll try one of the others suggested above. Seems Montane changed the cut of the Terras recently and they are now much slimmer - can anyone comment? Is the Flint colour a dark grey or is it greeny? My browser shows a dull green.
  14. Rmr

    Rmr Section Hiker

    My older ones seem slimmer now that I've gained weight, but I will wear them again in the future, they are grey.
  15. HillBelly

    HillBelly Section Hiker


    I have Terras, and whilst I like them, I wouldn't say they would protect you from the rain much. They wet out, but have the advantage of drying very quickly. Which is why I use them for Summer, whilst the rest of the time I use my Ibex, which are more of a soft-shell material and are DWR treated. The terras used to come up a bit short in the leg, hopefully the latest ones will have changed. I do like the look of the Super Terras or the mission ones for wintery stuff.
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  16. Rmr

    Rmr Section Hiker

    The last time I bought Terra's they came in different leg lengths, has that changed?
  17. SteG

    SteG Ultralighter

    No, I can get exactly right size for my little stumps
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  18. Robin

    Robin Moderator Staff Member

    Terras most of the time. Railriders Eco Mesh if it’s hot. ME Ibex if it’s cold.
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  19. HillBelly

    HillBelly Section Hiker

    Yes, you can get them in short, regular and long. My Terra converts were ok, but the first Terras they seemed almost half mast unless you had them low on your waist. Ok though with boots but just less so with trail shoes/runners.
  20. Myles21

    Myles21 Ultralighter

    I have stumps too and have had to shorten my other hiking trousers, so I'm glad to see the Terras come with a short option. They seem a good all-round choice. I usually wear a merino base layer under my trousers in really cold weather, but I'll consider the colder weather suggestions if the Terras aren't warm enough.
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  21. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    Echoing HillBelly. Terras aren't much cop in the cold rain. No different than a windshirt.

    Something wicking thin softshell like the ME Ibex or Rab sawtooth would be far better in cooler times. I use some very old Rab trousers (can't remember what they are called).
  22. Nigelp

    Nigelp Ultralighter

    I have the newer model Terras (And some older ones). They are a short leg and large waist. I’m 5,6 and a 32” trouser. They fit fine now.....

    They were a bit slimmer in the upper thigh than the previous model.

    They vent well and are fine in all but the most extreme heat.
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  23. Myles21

    Myles21 Ultralighter

    So maybe the Super Terra, ME Ibex, Marmot Scree, Rab Vapour Rise, Haglofs Rugged, or other softshell type trouser for chilly, windy, sleety weather, rather than straight Terras?
  24. SteG

    SteG Ultralighter

    Super terra are great when it's very cold, I don't need anything underneath to keep me warm. They are great walking in high winds on mountain tops. But they can be to warm if it's not that cold and going up hill. I love then though, durable good quality trousers. Good vents in pockets and sides.
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  25. William.K

    William.K Trail Blazer

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