An all-day option for big trail outings when the weather is challenging, Klättermusen Ran Pants are top-quality trousers for a top-dollar price.
Fully waterproof trousers
Full two-way side zip
Zipped hand pockets
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Klättermusen Ran Pant: first impressions
The Klättermusen Ran Pant adheres to one (massively general) law of hiking equipment, including the best waterproof trousers. As a rule of thumb, the further north a gear manufacturer is based, the tougher its kit will be, which is why many mountaineers turn to Scandinavia for their gear. A harsh climate, long winters and a powerful outdoors culture have inspired a number of high performance brands, including Sweden’s Klättermusen.
The Ran Pant by Klättermusen are waterproof overtrousers made from recycled, fluorocarbon-free fabric (see also: Breathable waterproof fabrics). The material is durable and waterproof (tech geeks should know that the fabric is waterproof to a water column in excess of 20,000mm and that its moisture vapor permeability is an impressive 20,000g/m2). And it’s breathable, too (with ventilation boosted by full-length side zips).
• RRP: $300 (UK) / £260 (UK)
• Gender specificity: Men’s
• Materials: 3L Cutan 103 g/m2 (100% Recycled Polyamide), Fluorocarbon-free bluesign-approved fabric with Icebreaker recycled polyester reinforced areas
• Weight (men’s size medium): 407g / 14oz
• Sizes: XS / S / M / L / XL / XXL
• Colors: Black / Wrought Iron
Klättermusen Ran Pant: on the trails
The soft inner waist band and pre-bent knees make Klättermusen Ran Pants very easy to wear, without any feeling of constriction or impeded movement, and the full-length side zips provide ventilation options when the rain has paused but you are not confident enough in the forecast to take off your waterproof trousers just yet.
Two zipped pockets make them even more useful, while the design is more stylish than the uniform black elsewhere. (See also: best waterproof jackets.)
After spending a decade as editor of Country Walking, the UK’s biggest-selling walking magazine, Jonathan moved to edit Outdoor Fitness magazine, adding adrenaline to his adventures and expeditions. He has hiked stages or completed all of the UK's national trails, but was once overtaken by three Smurfs, a cross-dressing Little Bo Peep, and a pair of Teletubbies on an ascent of Snowdon. (Turns out they were soldiers on a fundraising mission.)
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