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Montane Super Terra

Tough construction make the Montane Super Terra an excellent buy



Our Rating:

These are a heavy-weight version of Montane’s excellent Terra Pant. With triple stitching throughout, double weave Cordura fabric and a heavier, water-resistant Cordura used in high wear areas like the knees, bottom and ankle, they feel like they could handle anything.

Abundant features set these pants apart. There are four large zippered front pockets, capable of holding everything from notebooks, maps and valuables. There’s also a single rear pocket.

Each leg has a gusseted zippered side vent at the knees and an ankle zip, which flairs the trousers or creates more venting when the Velcro closure is used at the ankle. There’s a lace hook at the cuff to keep the trousers in place and help prevent debris getting inside your footwear.

The waistband has a soft lining, adding comfort especially when the belt is cinched tight. The button has a soft backing so it won’t stick to you when you’re carrying a pack.

The weight – 645g – is a drawback and very noticeable.But because there are venting options, I could also wear them on warm days. But it’s in colder, wetter conditions they truly excel. The reinforced patches are essentially waterproof, allowing you to sit and kneel on wet ground.

I found the fit a bit loose and the legs a tad too long.

The Super Terra is a durable pant suitable for rock scrambles, bush-bashing and a range of temperatures, though I would tend to pull them out on colder days rather than warm. Their tough construction makes them an excellent buy, promising years of use which offsets the high cost.