Alf takes a closer look at a set of Haglöfs' touring specific pants.
Haglöfs Rando Flex Pants RRP £180
As you might expect given the name, the Haglofs Rando Flex is more likely to appeal to ski tourers; the cut is pretty slim, and they have a zip from the bottom of the hems up the back of the calf which is designed to open up to fit over a ski touring boot, after which you can zip it up for walking (the fastenings on the snow gaiters are also at the back rather than the side, as is more usual).
The Rando Flex is made from non-membrane stretch ‘FlexAble’ fabric; this means it’s wind- and water-resistant rather than wind and waterproof, but it has good abrasion resistance and excellent breathability as well as feeling more tactile and comfortable than a lot of membrane-type fabrics, so you can wear the pants comfortably against bare skin (and, incidentally, all materials are ‘Bluesign’ approved where possible). The pants are also DWR treated to help shed water and dirt.
They come with the option of a removable braces or an integrated webbing belt to hold them up, beneath which are one zippered back pocket and two zippered hand pockets, both in lightweight mesh, and there’s zippered side ventilation which reaches down to just above the knees as well as and articulated knees.
In use they feel both warm and comfy, and the slim fit isn’t in any way restrictive; what’s more, they work equally well as walking trousers so in a way you’re getting two pair of pants for the price of one.
FOR Versatile, comfortable and especially good for ski touring (and mountain walking!)
AGAINST Not wind- and waterproof