My review of Mens Terra Pants – Outdoor Trousers by Montane. All items reviewed have been tested by myself when out walking / hiking. I walk in all seasons, warm sunshine, rain, wind and a bit of snow and was looking for good quality walking trousers that would tick all those boxes.
I wanted something that was lightweight to wear, quick drying and above all; tough wearing. I did a lot of research online and one brand name seemed to rise to the top of my search list.
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Let me introduce you to the Montane Mens Terra Pants. Despite the slightly funny name (if you are British) these are in fact very competent walking/hill climbing trousers.
Montane Walking Trousers – The Advantage
These Terra Pants are reinforced to prevent rips and tears, I’ve tested that several times with some pretty thorny brambles that wouldn’t let go of my leg. The quick drying Tactel fabric is both water and wind resistant. The seat area (bottom), ankle and knee areas are reinforced with Cordura (the dark area on image) ensuring that scrambling over rocks, sitting down on rough surfaces and general hiking abrasion is not going to quickly damage the garment.
Montane Walking Trousers Features
There are two zipped pockets on the front, one with an extra zipped inner security pouch to keep your keys / cash / credit cards extra safe. There are no pockets on the rear and no thigh/map pockets. This is not really an issue for me, as I always walk with a rucksack and prefer not to have stuff all over the place.
Around each ankle there are 1/4 length zips and press-stud fasteners, allowing a close adjustable fit around your walking shoes / hiking boots. Though I have quite stocky legs and thick ankles, so found the press-studs almost redundant.
The seams are twin needle sewn for extra strength and durability. The articulated knees are great for high step movement; climbing over stiles, up mountains, stream jumping! The elasticated waist is fastened with a removable webbing belt and button. There is also a spare button included. Zip fly.
When the weather warms up there are two mesh lined thigh vents, that zip open. These vents are generous in size and combined with the lightweight material, would make summer shorts optional. The added bonus of UPF 40+ sun protection and those thigh vents could make these all-season trousers in many climates.
Outdoor Trousers My Verdict
The first outing for these trousers was a cold, windy January day up on Chanctonbury Hill (749 feet up, -7C windchill and 360 degrees exposed to the elements). Nearly 19 miles of walking in wind and driving sleet. I was apprehensive at first, expecting red, chapped thighs when I got home from the wind chill and sleet. How wrong was I, despite being almost as thin as a Rab MeCo base layer t-shirt, these trousers kept me dry and importantly warm.
They are incredibly quick drying, and the cut is generous in the areas you’d expect. I’ve ordered a second pair as I’m so impressed, slightly larger size as I intend to have one pair for spring /summer / autumn and one pair for cold winter “wild” camping and wanted a little extra room to wear full length long-johns underneath.
I don’t like carrying lots of waterproof over-layers in my rucksack, I prefer water repellent technical fabrics that work well from the offset. The Cotton-feel TACTEL fabric is almost silent when walking, you hear just the faintest of rustling, certainly nothing to annoy you or disturb the wildlife.
On warmer days, the breathable fabric kept me cool. I really don’t notice that I am wearing these, yet I know I can rely on them to perform under all weather conditions. The fabric belt has a study buckle that didn’t slip and therefore didn’t need any adjustment in a 7 hour hike.
I found the sizing to be good, and the belt / elasticated waist combination gives good adjustment if you are not an even numbered waist size, who is?
Update After a 1000 Miles
I have used Nikwax but I do find they now leak water, after many miles and months of use. I wear gaiters or full waterproof trousers on days with heavy rain or very wet ground. I do still like their lightweight feel and windproof-ness but sadly they are not as water repellent as from new.
Montane Terra Pants Specs:
165g/m² high tenacity nylon CORDURA rip-stop / 104g/m² lightweight nylon TACTEL plain weave with ‘cotton-feel’.
Weight (approx) 340g.
2014/2015 Price I paid around £75 with free UK delivery.
I purchased my Montane Terra Pants from Cotswold Outdoor in Great Britain.