A solid performer on the trails, the Columbia-Montrail Bajada II look and feel good, and their next-to-skin comfort levels are excellent.
- Good wicking
- Comfortable next to skin
- Rear zipped back pocket
- Good value
- Sizes are large
- Relatively heavy
- Limited colors
First off, the Columbia-Montrail Bajada II ankle-length leggings instantly look and feel good, and they are very comfortable next to the skin as soon as you pull them on. Their USP is Columbia’s Omni-Heat trademark properties, which pulls moisture away from the skin to allow sweat to evaporate.
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Other features include a zip pocket at the rear, which is useful for essentials (gel, credit card, keys). The sizes seem to come in large compared to most European models, so check the size guide carefully.
• RRP: $65 (US) / £55 (UK)
• Weight: 222g / 7.8oz
• Materials: Polyester (79%), Elastane (21%)
• Colors: Black
• Compatibility: Trail running, road running, hiking
On the trails
Being an ankle-length legging, the Columbia-Montrail Bajada II is perfect for bashing through thicker foliage and ploughing through gloopy mud, such as we encounter in abundance around our testing ground on the southern fringes of Dartmoor and along the South West Coast Path.
Billed as being ‘built for speed and comfort’, they gave us no problems on a variety of trail running terrains and different temperatures, midst the latter half of a predictably unpredictable English winter. The elasticized waistband gives them a stylish look and feel (something like a matador’s waistband, with a drawcord, which sometimes seems superfluous on leggings).
The material is thicker than most, and therefore feels pretty toasty. These were the nearest I could find to actual tracksters, while still being leggings. They survived several downpours and dried quickly enough, which is always reassuring.
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