Mountain Hardwear Mesa Pant
14th Feb 2012
A simple, but effective pair of trousers which have stood up to everything I have thrown at them here in the UK, but sound as if they are made for jungle trekking! Comfortable and quick drying, they are a good fit (I'm tall and skinny). Still shedding water nicely and reasonably wind resistant. Retail at around £50 and a bargain at this price. My one complaint - and this is bring pretty picky - is the size of the pockets. If I put my phone into one of the main pockets it tends to rotate so that the long side is facing down. Not strictly speaking a problem until you want to remove it in a hurry at which point you realise that the pocket is virtually exactly the same size as the phone is long, and that it is jammed in there. Not really Mountain Hardwear's fault I suppose, but it is a fairly standard sized smart-phone so maybe something they could think about in future :-). I do like the fact that the belt is inside a sleeve so doesn't get caught on harnesses or rucksacks, making it more comfortable to wear, especially on longer walks.
Blurb from Mountain Hardwear's website:
Hit the trail in our full-featured backpacking pant, with everything you need for a long day on the trail. Full-length inseam gusset and articulated knees handle strides and scrambles.
Micro-Chamois™-lined seamless conical waist for comfort under a pack
Integrated webbing belt with buckle closure for easy fit adjustments
Lots of pockets for storage
Mesh drain panels in pockets for river crossings and spontaneous swims
Full-length inseam gusset and articulated knees for mobility
DWR finish sheds moisture
UPF 50 sun protection