Rab Sawtooth pants
Specs: $229, 415g (m) / 365g (w)
Used by: Features and trips writer Jo ‘warm legs’ Stilwell
Used for: Three years
In the past few years I’ve morphed into a ‘trouser tramper’ after being a long-johns and shorts girl for most of my life. Since buying these pants for a winter climbing course, I’ve pretty much worn them on every trip from autumn through to spring. I’ve also worn them on summer trans-alpine or climbing trips.
The UPF 30+ fabric offers excellent sun protection in the snow (no more burnt back of knees). But what I love most is their warmth during colder weather. The lightweight soft-shell fabric is breathable, yet also windproof and shower-proof, which means I’ll go for longer without needing over-trousers. They are quite a roomy fit and in freezing conditions I’ll wear long-johns underneath.
I like the elasticated drawcord at the ankles, which keep the pants in place around my boots and sometimes I won’t bother with gaiters. I also like the pockets – there are four, all with zips, and they’re deep enough to hold a snack or my gloves.
I was surprised at how quickly I transitioned to tramping in long pants and I suspect my long-johns and shorts days may well be over.
Verdict: Warm and comfortable tramping trousers that will convert even the staunchest ‘long-johns and shorts’ wearer.