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Ultralight, breathable, quick drying, 'Technical'…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: £24.99
Ultralight, breathable, quick drying, 'Technical' walking trousers with plenty of pockets and the convenience of zip-off legs. Previously known as "Trek 100 Men's Mountain Trekking zip-off Trousers".
- Ultralight (350g in UK size 34" waist)
- Very comfortable
- Keep you cool in hot weather
- Keep you warm in cold weather
- Stitching on bottom of back pocket flimsy on my pair. Had to repair it myself.
- Loose fit at ankles means gaiters may be required on some trips.
I have been using zip-off leg trousers for my holidays, hiking, and camping for several years now and love the convenience of them. My last pair was a pair of North Face zip-offs with cargo pockets. However, I am now a fully-fledged ultralight hiking/camping gear enthusiast so when it came to reducing the weight of my clothing the North Faces simply had to go because they weigh 550g, which is a huge weight for a pair of walking/hiking trousers.
Then I discovered the Quechua Forclaz 100 walking trousers, available in Decathlon stores. They look very similar in design to the North Face pair, but they only weigh 350g, yet have just as many pockets, even have the extra security of zips on some pockets, and even with the legs on they are still cool and comfortable in hot weather.
Unlike my previous North Face pair, they are not water proof, but as they are primarily designed for use in hot weather, with a very low chance of rainfall, this is to be expected. They are made of very quick drying material though so even if it does rain, they won't stay damp for long when it stops. Of course, you could simply put on a pair of waterproof over trousers if you were that worried about it.
The material is light, wickable, comfortable against your skin and quick drying, yet it feels strong and robust and can be packed down into a very small space in your pack.
The Quechua Forclaz 100's cost under £25 too, making them a fraction of the cost of a pair of similar trousers from likes of the North Face, for example. I highly recommend these trousers for flying, walking, hiking, camping, general exploring, visiting friends or even going shopping... they really are that versatile!