I first looked at these a while back. Since those youthful days these have been worn many times in a variety of situations from sitting in cafes, to bimbles, to day hikes and overnighters. Their first real test was at the fantastic Cluanie camp where we got roasted under the sun and chilled in equal measures.
Although they give the impression of being a hardcore mountaineering pant, they have a much wider use. The fabric is not completely windproof and isn’t as thick as it looks, so they do work as an all season pant. But with a set of merino leggings under these I’m set for winter.
Comfort is supreme, I’ve had no issues with rubbing or chaffing. Leg movement is unhindred and the ankle cuff stays put whatever postition you find yourself in.
I’ve slept in them a handful of times and I stayed dry and stink-free even on one clammy night in a down bag where I couldn’t be arsed taking layers off, ignored the situation and went back to sleep.
The legs zips I haven’t really used much, I don’t mind walking around the civilised areas cinched in at the ankle and the slimmer fit is good for sleeping in, but if they are undone you do get a noticable increase in coolness around the ankles.
The mesh hip and tail pockets work well with the reversed smooth-face-out zips and the thigh cargo pockets worked better than I expected. I find that some full stretch pants suffer with weight in the cargo pockets, it all ends up distorted and pulling at the waist band with stuff digging into your leg behind the pocket. Not so here, it could be the cut as well, tapered with a little more room at the thigh that say Mammut pants which are more straight legged. The cargo pockets have a clever closure with one shaped and sewn end that will defy description in words and the other end has a popper closure. I thought initially I was going to lose stuff here as the closure looked a bit ropey, but it’s fine and I’ve grown to trust it.
There’s been no abrasion, no fabric catches, no damage to report. I think stretch helps here, that which bends does not break? The knee patches probably help as well, pitching a tent being a killer of trousers of meek and mild construction.
So would I buy them? Yes indeed, I like them a lot. They’ll never be as badass as the Rugged Mountain Pants, but the fabric is better in wet weather, the DWR is excellent, rain just sits on the outside. And they do dry quicker when they are wet.
These are available now and will still be about for winter, they’re definitely worth a look. But for ’09 Haglöfs are canning them and replacing them with the Granite Pant. The Granite is nice, but it’s more overtly a mountaineering pant, and the one below in the range is the plainer and less-pocketed Lynx Pant. So there’s no equivalent to the Iguana in the range.