A 4-season pair of pants that is versatile enough to be used in a variety of biomes from winter in the alpine to summer in the forest. Durable, yet comfortable. Aesthetic, yet functional. You really do get what you pay for with these pants.
My first impression when I got my hands on these pants was that they are extremely burly. I noticed the word “G-1000” on one of the cargo pockets almost immediately and needed to look it up. Turns out that this fabric, which makes up the high-wear areas of the trousers such as the knees, seat and ankles, is designed specifically by Fjallraven. You can wax it to make it waterproof, it’s incredibly durable, breathable and mosquito safe (which is awesome as I’ve had mosquitos bite me through heavy jeans).
The fit is definitely athletic so if you like a little more room I’d recommend going one size up depending on your preference, but otherwise I found them very comfortable. In areas of your legs that will stretch and contract like the waist, knees and thighs there is a stretchy fabric to accommodate this range of movement. It’s really quite something to experience. Outwardly, the pants have the “feel” of an extremely durable pair of canvas pants, but when moving in them the experience is like being in a pair of articulated and flexible climbing trousers.
Overall I really enjoyed my experience in them. I scrambled along some rocky, granite slabs to get up close to a large waterfall and the pants withstood the abrasion from the rock and beaded off the water spray from the falls, so no need to wax them yet.
Below are some photos of some of the additional features of these pants that I really liked.
Strap adjustment with button fastening at trouser end.
Hook to secure to ski boot or hiking boot.
Ventilation Zips on Legs.
Durable: The G-1000 fabric feels and looks very durable. Resisted abrasion against coarse granite rock.
Comfortable: Stretchy fabric panels make these pants extremely comfortable to move in. Even when executing awkward scrambling moves around downed trees and tricky boulders.
Cost: In my opinion, I consider the cost reasonable considering these could replace my hiking pants, climbing pants, around town jeans and even my winter snowshoeing or skiing pants. Having one set of pants that has multiple uses makes more sense than paying for 4 different types of trousers that have a single use.
Rear Pockets: I personally don’t use rear pockets often on my pants but it’s worth mentioning that these pants don’t have any. Pockets have been placed at the hips and thighs instead.
Buy It If:
You are looking to simplify your closet of technical clothing and get a single pair of pants that will be versatile in any number of outdoor situations. Highly Recommended!
Materials: G-1000, Stretch
Manufacturers Website: Fjallraven