Haglöfs have revamped their Climatic pant range for this year. Gone are Thor, Rabot and Nansen, and in are Lite, Mid and Rugged. At least it’s easier to see what your getting if not quite so wistful.
I’ve got a couple of pairs on test. They’re direct replacements of pants I’ve been using for a couple of years, so it’ll be interesting to see what’s happened to them. Change for changes sake, or upgraded for maximum joy and adventure comfort.
These below are the Rugged Mountain Pant. They replace the Nansen Mountain Pant at the top of the range and already they’re looking much better. The Nansens were a bit restrictive due to a total absence of stretch, but very well featured and hard as nails. The Ruggeds keep the features and add stretch panels at the knees and backside. The movement is very good even though all the fabrics are tough, the and the ankle patches are tougher still. The leg pockets are pleated for volume expasion and have a hidden zipped leg vent behind them. Hip pockets, rear pocket, ankle adjustment with a lace hook are the other obvious points.
These next ones are the Mid Flex Pants. They replace the Rabot Flex Pants which have been my #1 choice for the last couple of years, so they’ve got a lot to live up to.
They’ve lighter all round than the Ruggeds, lighter fabrics, stripped down features, but no less technical. The leg pockets are internal for outer smoothness. The ankle adjustment is a zipped gusset which closes in on your lower leg to stop it catching on the scenery and stop crap going in your footwear, but it opens up enough for good ventilation. Theres a wee hidden bungy cord for fine tuning as well. Stretch panels front and rear ensure good movement.
The fit is typical Haglöfs, slim and long which fits me perfectly. There are various combinations of leg lengths, colours and female fits available so you should be able to find something to suit. I’ll be using them plenty so I’ll see what happens and report. I don’t have any of the new Lite series. The Lite Flex pants looked to be pretty much identical to the Thor Flex pants which I wore a lot last summer, so they should be a good bet as well.
All in the shops this spring.