I said “Haglöfs should do a softshell version of the Rugged Mountain Pants” to which they said, “You’re an idiot, you’ve already seen them, the Flint Pant“. How right they were, and I’ve got a pair on test to prove it.
They are similar to the Rugged’s in a few ways, but they’re definitely not a photocopy printed on stretchy fabric. The big zipped and mesh-lined thigh pockets are the thing I like, so damned handy and that front facing positioon is great for a map. The stretchy fabric lets you cram stuff in too.
The fabric is Flexable 4-way stretch, a kinda light to midweight variety, not totally windproof so will work most of the year round and will be fine with longjons in winter. I’ve used various Flexable fabrics plenty over the past few years and it’s good stuff, sweat management, drying times and wind and water repellancy are all excellent. Constant washing and wearing is no problem either, a lot of polyamide in the mix gives it longevity.
Own brand fabrics should be seen by us as an equivalent not lesser choice, and that goes for all the manufacturers. Well, apart from some waterproof membranes which are just rebranded clingfilm. Anyway, I digress.
Three other zipped pockets and a prefitted belt on a nicely sculpted and smoother waist finish off the top end.
The knees have been toughened up with the heavier Flexable, they’re well shaped though and still stretchy so no restriction or resistance. Further down, the ankle cuffs have some business going on. The lower legs are zipped and have Keprotec crampon patches but the best upgrade over the Ruggeds are the internal gaiters. They’re double-poppered, have an inner silicon grip strip and drawcord adjustment. No lace hook so they’ll only stay put on boots, but I’m used to fitting my own hooks, ah it’s a bootcentric world out there still.
I rarely wear regular gaiters these days so for non-summer trips these fit the bill perfectly, in fact I can see these coming out to play right into winter as the whole pant has a nice balance between comfort, protection and usability.
Cracking pair of pants, they’ve been seen in action on here already and they’ll be staying near the top of the washing pile.