A lot of walking trousers on the market these days tend to be on the skinny fit side, but these from Keela, on the other hand, are keeping things baggy and loose, and we like that.
That’s not to say these are going to be flapping about your ankles and trailing down to the bottom of your boots either, because you get handy Velcro tabs on the ankles to allow you to bring the volume in if you need to. The softshell material they’re made from is on the thin side, but it’s stretchy and very durable and it’ll block wind out well.
Features and details on the Keela Scuffer walking trousers include a webbing belt that can be removed, two zipped handwarmer pockets with a security pocket within one of them, a zipped fly, a reinforced backside and a laminate on the ankles to prevent any crampon abrasion. You also get useful side zips on the thighs for ventilation.
Will Renwick, editor of Outdoors Magic
“I wore these most days while out on our fortnight-long Outdoor 100 shoot in Snowdonia and I was really impressed by them. I like the fact that the fit is relaxed around the thighs and backside, basically bucking the current trend for figure hugging cuts. Most of the time, I kept the ankle cuffs nice and close around my boots but on the warmer days, I’d loosen these up to create a bit of extra airflow.
The water resistance was good enough to see out light rain though in heavy stuff the trousers did eventually saturate. The drying time is good though. With a bit of wind on a warm summer days these should go from saturated to dry within an hour.
That durability you want from a pair of outdoor trousers is certainly there. It’s not a particularly thick weave but the stretchiness to them does make them very abrasion resistant.
“When I needed to, I could get my waterproof overtrousers over the top of these without feeling squeezed in. I also found I could comfortably wear a thick pair of insulating leggings underneath them too. And on that note, yes, they’re not the warmest of trousers and you’ll need to combine them with other layers for winter use. But they’re perfect for three-season use.”