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Top 10 Best Walking Trousers in the UK 2020 (Arc'teryx, Rab and More)

Whether you’re planning a multi-day hiking adventure across a mountain range or just looking to have a good ol’ ramble in the nearby woodlands, a solid pair of walking trousers or leggings can make a big difference. The best walking trousers will make sure that you’re comfortable and cosy come rain or shine, which is ideal in a country that can provide all four seasons in one day. 


To help you find your perfect all-weather, all-round match, we’ve compiled a buying guide to iron out any of the proverbial creases. Then, we’ve got five recommendations for men and five for ladies, each consisting of our favourite pairs available to buy on Amazon and eBay from the best outdoor brands such as Rab, Berghaus, Jack Wolfskin and Arc'teryx. 

  • Last updated: 06-10-2020
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How to Choose Walking Trousers in the UK – Buying Guide

When it comes to buying walking trousers, practically every pair out there is made from synthetic materials that are durable and flexible. But there are still some other, more nuanced factors worth considering, such as the water repellency. In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at the ones we think are most important.

Make Sure You Have a Layer That Can Tackle the Elements

Make Sure You Have a Layer That Can Tackle the Elements

The first factor you’ll want to take into account, particularly due to the country where we reside, is the waterproofing. Or sadly, the lack thereof, because, walking trousers aren’t usually fully waterproof


More often than not they are water repellent instead, thanks to a DWR (durable water repellent) coating. Don't worry though, because this will still stand up against the average downpour. Make sure you do check the description for this claim, as some cheaper pairs might not even be water-resistant at all. 


If you would like full waterproofing, then you can opt for a pair ‘over trousers’ which are worn, as you can imagine, over your regular hiking trousers. However, although they will protect against the elements better, they have less accessibility and often come with no pockets! 

Look for Adjustable Fittings for Added Comfort and Protection Year Round

Anyone who has ever been on a long trek will tell you that the clothing worn can make the trip memorable for both the right and wrong reasons, which is why we would recommend looking for trousers which have adjustable fittings.


Generally, there are two main areas to look for, the waistband and the ankle cuffs. You’ll either have the option of Velcro or an elasticated drawstring – both fulfil the same purpose, however, the elasticated drawstring will likely have greater durability as Velcro can become less sticky over time.


This feature will not only help with the fit and comfort but will also keep out cold air when the weather drops. If you're trekking in a warmer climate, it'll make it more difficult for little critters like midges and mosquitos to get in, too. 

Pockets Will Keep Your Hands Snug and Provide a Secure Place to Store Accessories

It may seem obvious, but pockets really are very useful when out walking! Generally speaking, the more technical the trousers (think climbing instead of hiking) the more pockets they’ll have, although that’s not always the case.


Ideally, you'll want a pair which come with at least two standard front pockets and one interior pocket. If you like to keep a lot of gear handy, you can always look for more. 


We’ve also found that many ramblers like having pockets of different constructions, for example, a larger side leg pocket for carrying a map. If this is something you're interested in, check the specifications in the comparison tables beneath each of our recommended pairs. 

Zip-Off Functions Give the Trousers Greater Versatility

Zip-Off Functions Give the Trousers Greater Versatility

Finally, while we may not get to use them very often due to our climate, having zip-off sections means that your trousers will offer you complete versatility and be capable of being worn practically all year round. They're also ideal for taking on holiday. 


These trousers work as you would imagine, with a zip around the leg and usually just below the knee. If the sun does happen to pop his hat on when you’re midway through a lovely stroll in the Lakes, you can take off the bottom half and continue with the benefit of added breathability and ventilation.

Top 5 Best Men’s Walking Trousers in the UK

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the fun stuff! Here are some of our favourite walking trousers to buy online right now. First up is the men’s top 5, featuring pairs for every budget from brands like Maier and Rab.

5

BerghausPaclite Gore-Tex Waterproof Overtrousers

£99.94

Waterproof MaterialGore-Tex
Adjustable FittingsWaistband and cuffs
PocketsNone
Zip-Off No
4

Royal RobbinsZip 'n' Go Pants

£52.72

Waterproof MaterialDWR
Adjustable FittingsCuffs
Pockets5 - Hand pockets, thigh pocket, back pockets
Zip-Off Yes
3
Waterproof MaterialDWR
Adjustable FittingsCuffs
Pockets4 - hand pockets, thigh pockets
Zip-Off No
2

Jack WolfskinOverland Zip Away Pants

£98.55

Waterproof MaterialOwn brand, Texapore (DWR)
Adjustable FittingsNo
Pockets4 - hand pockets, back pocket, leg pocket
Zip-Off Yes
1

MaierNil Plus Outdoor Trousers

£84.64

Waterproof MaterialDWR
Adjustable FittingsCuffs
Pockets4 - hand pockets, back pocket, leg pocket
Zip-Off No

Compare the Best Men's Walking Trousers

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Maier Nil Plus Outdoor Trousers 1

Maier

2
Jack Wolfskin Overland Zip Away Pants 1

Jack Wolfskin

3
Rab Sawtooth Pants 1

Rab

4
Royal Robbins Zip 'n' Go Pants 1

Royal Robbins

5
Berghaus Paclite Gore-Tex Waterproof Overtrousers 1

Berghaus

Name

Nil Plus Outdoor Trousers

Overland Zip Away Pants

Sawtooth Pants

Zip 'n' Go Pants

Paclite Gore-Tex Waterproof Overtrousers

Features

The Perfect Pair for Practicality

Devilishly Good Looking Walking Trousers

A Pair for Walking in the Summer Months

The Backpacker Classic

For the Guy Who Likes to Stay Out in the Downpour

Price£84.64£98.55£91.20£52.72£99.94
Waterproof MaterialDWROwn brand, Texapore (DWR)DWRDWRGore-Tex
Adjustable FittingsCuffsNoCuffsCuffsWaistband and cuffs
Pockets4 - hand pockets, back pocket, leg pocket4 - hand pockets, back pocket, leg pocket4 - hand pockets, thigh pockets5 - Hand pockets, thigh pocket, back pocketsNone
Zip-Off NoYesNoYesNo
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Top 5 Best Women’s Walking Trousers in the UK

Saving the best to last, here is our women’s top 5 collection, featuring some fantastic (and often quite stylish) walking trousers for all climates.   

5

FjällrävenKaipak Curved Hiking Pants

£140.36

Waterproof MaterialDWR (can be enhanced with wax for better protection)
Adjustable FittingsCuffs
Pockets5 - Hand pockets, thigh pockets, inner mesh pocket
Zip-Off No
4

BerghausPaclite Gore-Tex Waterproof Overtrousers

£79.28

Waterproof MaterialGore-Tex
Adjustable FittingsWaistband and cuffs
Pockets-
Zip-Off -
3

Sherpa Adventure GearKalpana Hike Leggings

£61.40

Waterproof Material-
Adjustable FittingsNo
Pockets3 - side pockets, inner pocket
Zip-Off No
2

ColumbiaSaturday Trial II

£37.52

Waterproof MaterialDWR
Adjustable FittingsNo
Pockets2 - hand pockets
Zip-Off Yes
1

Arc'teryxCreston AR Trousers Hike

£128.34

Waterproof MaterialDWR
Adjustable FittingsCuffs
Pockets4 - hand pockets, thigh pocket, back pocket
Zip-Off No

Compare the Best Women's Walking Trousers

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Arc'teryx Creston AR Trousers Hike 1

Arc'teryx

2
Columbia Saturday Trial II 1

Columbia

3
Sherpa Adventure Gear Kalpana Hike Leggings 1

Sherpa Adventure Gear

4
Berghaus Paclite Gore-Tex Waterproof Overtrousers 1

Berghaus

5
Fjällräven Kaipak Curved Hiking Pants 1

Fjällräven

Name

Creston AR Trousers Hike

Saturday Trial II

Kalpana Hike Leggings

Paclite Gore-Tex Waterproof Overtrousers

Kaipak Curved Hiking Pants

Features

The Best Walking Trousers for the Winter Months

A Light and Affordable Budget Option

Supportive Leggings From a Company That Cares

For the Gal Who Like to Stay Out in the Downpour

Walking Trousers With the Look and Feel of Everyday Chinos

Price£128.34£37.52£61.40£79.28£140.36
Waterproof MaterialDWRDWR-Gore-TexDWR (can be enhanced with wax for better protection)
Adjustable FittingsCuffsNoNoWaistband and cuffsCuffs
Pockets4 - hand pockets, thigh pocket, back pocket2 - hand pockets3 - side pockets, inner pocket-5 - Hand pockets, thigh pockets, inner mesh pocket
Zip-Off NoYesNo-No
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More Walking Must-Haves

More Walking Must-Haves

Whether you're looking for UV protection for a holiday hike or the guarantee that your feet will stay dry on the morning dog walk, we think you'll find a few of our related buying guides useful!

Summary

The ideal pair of walking trousers will have you remembering your adventures for all the right reasons. We're sure that if you keep the features from the buying guide at the forefront of your mind when picking a product, you'll come away with a pair that are perfect for your needs. Here's to the next ramble!  

Author: Lewis Clark

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