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Macpac Trekker

Macpac's Trekker pants are comfortable and stretchy



Our Rating:

These pants are made from super stretchy Pertex Equilibrium fabric with a dense weave on the outer to make them reasonably weather resistant. Paired with a DWR coating, they easily shrug off light rain.

I found them comfortable and the medium true to size. With a removable belt, any slack was easily dealt with.

The two handwarmer pockets are deep enough to hold a Topo50 map, though only just. There is also a shallow zipped thigh pocket.

An elastic lace hook on the cuff of each leg keeps the trousers in place and helps prevent debris entering boots. It’s a good feature and a shame more pants don’t have it.

These are a heavy pant – 360g (w – 320g), which reflects the fabric used in the construction. It also suggests the pants should be durable over time.

In use, I found the Trekker to be comfortable; they breathed well and I didn’t seem to get too hot on warm days. I think they would be useful for all year use. The fabric seems resilient enough for general walking, but they’re too lightweight for those who want to go bashing around the hills.