Super-stretchy, female-specific hiking pants that repel light rain and keep you snug and warm in wild and woolly weather.
Great fit (for many women)
Shape won’t suit everyone
Too warm for year-round wear
• One color
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Berghaus Women’s Tirrios: first impressions
The Berghaus Women’s Tirrios are specifically designed for women, with a trim fit and a construction that makes use of stretchy soft-shell material, with darted knees for freedom of movement. The brushed back makes them greater for colder temperatures.
The fabric blend includes Berghaus’ “Madekind”, which is 50% recycled. In addition, the company use PFC Free DWR (Durable Water Repellent), for additional environmental ticks. Features include a belt, two zipped hand pockets and zipped ankles, so you can more easily pull them and off, so they easily measure up to the other best women’s hiking pants out there.
• RRP: $120 (US) / £90 (UK) / €110 (EU)
• Style: Softshell
• Sizes available (UK): 8 / 10 / 12 / 14 / 16 / 18 / 20
• Weight: 305g / 10.8oz
• Materials: Berghaus performance-fit stretchy softshell with 50% recycled Madekind fabric
• Colors: Black
• Compatability: Perfect for hiking hills and mountainsides in cooler weather
Berghaus Women’s Tirrios: on the trails
As with any neat-fitting clothes, the design really needs to suit your body shape. And, to be honest, the Tirrios are not great for my shape – although they fit a friend really well. Berghaus tend to design their women’s clothes for a classic British shape, giving more around the hips and with a smaller waist. The leg length was a bit short for me.
The fabric is wonderfully stretchy, however, and it offers great freedom of movement, so you never feel constrained even when lifting your knee up to climb over rocks, stiles and other natural obstacles.
The DWR (Durable Water Repellent) treatment is useful for keeping off light rain. The pants worked well on a drizzly low-level walk on Scottish trails and also on a damp and cloudy hill day. If you are out in heavy rain, you’ll need to pop on waterproof overtrousers, but in a drizzle, the Tirrios do repel the wet.
The brushed back fabric offers great warmth in the colder seasons. If you’re out in chill wind and wet, you’ll stay warm yet even when the conditions are warmer, the fabric allows the legs to breath. By the same token, these are not the right walking trousers for summer wear, because you will overheat (see also: what to wear hiking in hot weather).
It is useful having zipped ankles. The fit is neat to the ankle so the zips help to get the trousers on and off over the foot. It would be great to see these trousers in other, more exciting colors and in a longer leg length.
Fiona Russell is a widely published adventure journalist and blogger, who is better known as Fiona Outdoors. She is based in Scotland and is an all-round outdoors enthusiast with favourite activities including trail running, mountain walking, mountain biking, road cycling, triathlon and skiing, both downhill and back country. Her target for 2021 is to finish the final nine summits in her first round of all 282 Munros, the Scottish mountains of more than 3,000ft high. Aside from being outdoors, Fiona's biggest aim is to inspire others to enjoy the great outdoors, especially through her writing. She is also rarely seen without a running skort! Find out more at Fiona Outdoors.