I’ve had a bunch of Haglöfs technical gear on test over the past few years, but here’s something a little different.
I saw these at the range preview a year ago and liked the look, I’m not overly keen on wearing outdoor gear unless I’m on the hill, but for easy days on trails or days-out up north I often miss the better fabrics and functionality of tech gear, if not the look.
So, what we have here from Haglöfs are two pairs of pants with their new “Loose Cut”. The looks are are casual, but the under the hood it’s business as usual.
In the Bracken colour are the Mid Trail Pants, cut from mid-weight Climatic fabric, the same fabric the more technical pants are made from. There’s a shed-load of features, single-button waist with belt loops, double-fabric seat, two open fron pockets, two deep rear pockets with poppered flaps, two zipped thigh pockets, ankle adjustment, shaped knees, diamond crotch and even little jeans-style metal rivets at the pocket corners.
I’ve worn these a few times now, and I have to say they’re brilliant. They sit low on the waist, look like combats but have great free movment and they have a go-anywhere feel without the regulation black knees that can sometimes make you feel a little conspicuous in town.
The looser cut is great in warmer weather, the pockets are all useful, ever the rear ones, as their low position works with a pack. I can see these fighting off more technical choices through the summer when I’m packing for trips.
In Cool Steel grey are the Rugged Ridge Pants. These are cut from a heavier Climatic fabric, with more of a canvasy feel. The same Loose Cut applies, but the styling is even more er, “Street”?
Features are cut back, two low slung open-topped rear pockets and two front patch pockets sit with a single-button waist with belt loops. The technical cred is subtly applied with some shaping at the knees and a diamond crotch gusset. There’s carpenter-style leg pocket with a velcro tab to stop your three foot rule sliding out when bouldering or flipping upside down on your skateboard. The wee metal rivets are here on the pocket corners too. Cool.
In think the casual models were a good move, the designs look right, the fabric performance is long-proven and I’m happily wearing them with my Converse for just cutting about. It’s like having a secret weapon?!
One thing to bear in mind is sizing, I’m a size large in all things Haglöfs, but in these I’m an XL. So, try before you buy.