Choosing the Best Pair of Outdoor Trousers

By Alex Guerrero

Seriously tough legwear for serious fun. Our range of shorts and trousers covers walking, climbing, running and riding, for both men and women. The Alpkit Design Team divide our legwear into three main categories: synthetic outdoor, mountain softshell and natural technology.

A Brief Overview

    1. Synthetic Outdoor
    2. Mountain Softshell
    3. Natural Technology
    4. Cycling Legwear
    5. Running Legwear
    6. Waterproof Trousers

Synthetic Outdoor

Product Name

What are they good for?

Material

Fit

Weight (men’s m / women’s 12)

Teleki Trousers

Warm weather walking

96% Nylon, 4% Spandex, 75D, 135gsm

Regular

250 / 220

Teleki Shorts

Hot weather walking

96% Nylon, 4% Spandex, 75D, 135gsm

Regular

170 / 140

Teleki Zip-Offs

Warm, changeable weather walking

96% Nylon, 4% Spandex, 75D, 135gsm

Regular

290 / 260

Arnison

Year-round hiking

97% Nylon, 3% Spandex, 219gsm

Regular

405 / 367

Skarven Hiking and scrambling off the beaten track 94% nylon, 6% spandex, 288gsm Relaxed 530 / 485

Teleki

What are they?

The Teleki is our range of lightweight legwear for walking. They pack down small for stuffing in rucksacks on multi-day hikes. They’re available as trousers and shorts. And if you can’t decide between the two, the zip-off trousers are the best of both worlds for indecisive hikers in in-between weather.

What makes them special?

The Teleki are designed for warm weather walking and backpacking. They’re lightweight, packable and tailored for freedom of movement.

Arnison

What are they?

The Arnison are tough. They’re hardwearing, highly wind-resistant hiking trousers for year-round hiking.

What makes them special?

They’re designed for full freedom of movement, with inbuilt stretch, a diamond-shape gusseted crotch and articulated knees for striding, scrambling and clambering. And they’re treated with a PFC-free DWR to withstand light showers.

Mountain Softshell

Chillkoot

What are they?

The Chillkoot trousers are our lightweight softshell walking trousers, suitable for year-round use.

What makes them special?

The lightweight Chillkoots are highly wind resistant and they have a PFC-free DWR. But the lightweight, double weave construction is moisture-wicking, preventing a serious case of overheating in the summer.

Escapade

What are they?

Leggings? Trousers? Treggings? The Escapade are our women’s specific, slim fit softshell trousers. They feel like leggings but are as tough as trousers.

What makes them special?

More durable than leggings, more mobile than trousers. They’re the best of both worlds. You have the freedom of movement of leggings, with the weather resistance, durability and pockets(!) of trousers.

Skarven

skarven trousers

What are they?

The Skarven are rugged outdoor trousers. They're tough for off-track, off-path scrambling, hiking and heather bashing.

What makes them special?

They're tough as nails - our hardest wearing trouser for outdoor use and abuse. The Skarven are made from a quick-drying canvas fabric that dries quicker than cotton equivalents - perfect for passing showers.

Natural Technology

Product Name

What are they good for?

Material

Fit

Weight (men’s m, women’s 12)

Bloc trousers

Freedom of movement when climbing

98% Organic cotton, 2% spandex (200gsm)

Slim

352 / 329(10)

Bloc shorts

Freedom of movement when warm-weather climbing

98% Organic cotton, 2% spandex (200gsm)

Slim

197 / 179 (10)

Kraft

Durability, comfort and mobility for outdoor living and climbing

97% organic cotton, 3% spandex, 260 gsm

Slim

560 / 470

Werk

Durability, comfort and mobility for warm outdoor living and climbing

97% organic cotton, 3% spandex, 260 gsm

Regular

/ 280

Sequence and Jeanius

Durable and stretchy jeans suitable for casualwear and climbing

 57% Better Cotton Initiative-certified cotton, 12% Cordura® Nylon 6,6, 9% Thermolite® Core polyester, 9% Coolmax® All Season polyester, 12% T400 Polyester, 1% lycra

Sequence: Regular

 

Jeanius: Slim

Sequence:

690 / 615

 

Jeanius:

667 / 553

 

Bloc

What are they?

The Bloc shorts and trousers are soft, stretchy and made from organic cotton. Forget-they’re-there freedom for climbing – or just working in the office, if you’re Alpkit Photographer Joe.

What makes them special?

The Bloc are tough. But they’re tailored for movement, with stretch, a gusseted crotch and a low-profile elastic waistband that fits neatly under harnesses.

Kraft and Werk

Kraft Trousers
Werk Shorts

What are they?

Durable. Comfortable. Wear anywhere. Canvas climbing trousers and shorts with technical features for walking, climbing and outdoor living.

What makes them special?

Designed for outdoor living, the Kraft trousers and Werk shorts are made with a stretchy fabric that’s soft to wear but tough against boulder-induced abrasion.

Sequence and Jeanius

What are they?

The Sequence and Jeanius look like jeans. But unlike most jeans, they’re made with a Cordura blend fabric that’s tough, stretchy, moisture-wicking and temperature regulating. The Sequence are regular fit and the Jeanius are our slim fit option.

What makes them special?

From bouldering to beers, the Sequence go from casual to the climbing wall without a hitch. They’re secretly technical jeans that are more stretchy, tough, quick-drying and hard-wearing than high-street jeans.

Cycling Legwear

Product Name

What are they good for?

Material

Fit

Weight (men’s m / women’s 12)

Floe Shorts

Summer mountain biking

88% nylon, 12% spandex, 166gsm

Relaxed

275 / 260

Floe Trousers

Wintry mountain biking

91% nylon, 9% spandex, double weave

Slim

348 / 294 (10)

Faro Shorts

A range of active pursuits

88% nylon, 12% spandex double weave, 166gsm

Regular

230 / 221

Strada Shorts

Bikepacking and cycle touring

single weave 95% nylon, 5% spandex

Regular

200 / 180

 

Floe

floe short
floe trousers

What are they?

The Floe shorts and trousers are designed for mountain biking. They’re durable, comfortable and they both come with a PFC-free DWR coating to provide protection against light drizzle and splashy puddles.

What makes them special?

They’re super durable, moisture wicking and windproof. The shorts are seam-free in high wear areas for maximum comfort and there’s room for pads in both.

Faro

What are they?

Stretchy, semi-slim softshell shorts (quite the tongue-twister!) designed for multi-activity use.

What makes them special?

The Faro shorts are just as suited to climbing as they are to biking and hiking. They have a high UPF fabric for warm days, while still being moisture wicking.

Strada

What are they?

The Strada are bikepacking and touring cycling shorts, designed for extended adventures. They can be worn alone or over undershorts.

What makes them special?

The Strada are quick-drying, comfortable, light and breathable – the perfect recipe for a long cycling adventure. They’ve got room for knee pads and undershorts but they can also just be worn alone.

Running Legwear

Koulin

koulin trail tights
koulin shorts and 3/4

What are they?

The Koulin range is designed for trail running: medium-length shorts, ¾ length tights and full-length tights. And they all come with pockets!

What are they good for?

They’re all moisture-wicking, breathable and treated with Polygiene™ odour resistant technology. A Koulin for every season – even those awkward in-between ones.

Mello

What are they?

Active shorts and tights designed for women. For climbing, hiking and running.

What are they good for?

The Mello have 4-way stretch and are made from a hard-wearing, yet sweat-wicking material ready for warm weather bouldering.

Waterproofing

Nautilus

What are they?

The Nautilus are 3-layer waterproof overtrousers ready for the wettest of walks. They’re reinforced and tailored for serious mountain use.

What makes them special?

The Nautilus are made with an exceptionally tough 70D nylon 6,6 outer fabric that’s designed to keep going. And going. The Nautilus are constructed with a PFC-free DWR.

Parallax

What are they?

The Parallax are our lightweight, breathable waterproof trousers made with a 2.5 layer construction.

What are they good for?

They’re comfortable, stretchy and active with an articulated fit. They’re quiet when you walk and they pack away in your rucksack – weighing about the same as your average sandwich.

 

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