As good as any outdoor trousers on the market, but coming in at a far more reasonable price than some of the other ‘premium’ brands out there, the Revolution Race GP Pros are exceptionally durable, exceptionally comfortable and exceptionally good value.
Tough and rugged main fabric
Four-way stretch panels for easy movement
Plenty of pockets
Slim cut won’t suit everyone
Not the lightest
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Revolution Race GP Pro pants: first impressions
Revolution Race GP Pro pants continue a winning streak. We’ve been pretty impressed with the two other bits of kit we’ve tested from relative newcomer brand in recent months, namely their chunky Fusion Fleece and good value Cyclone Rescue 2.0 rain shell. But it’s the Swedish brand’s best hiking pants that really seems to be creating a stir – and for good reason.
The Revolution Race GP Pro pants are rugged outdoor garments with a hybrid construction that incorporates softshell panels alongside a burly polycotton main fabric. The former features four-way stretch, while the latter adds abrasion-resistance at key areas like the knees and seat. Together, they offer good breathability and durability, while being reasonably quick drying too. The polycotton reinforcements can also be waxed for added weather-resistance – just like fellow Swedish gearmaker Fjällräven’s much-loved G-1000 fabric.
Build quality is solid, with all main seams double or triple-stitched for strength. All zips are high-quality YKK branded. These trousers aren’t lacking in features either, with mesh-lined ventilation zips at the thigh, two roomy zipped thigh pockets for all those hiking essentials, a zipped back pocket and two hand pockets.
The waist is semi-elasticated, with a button closure, a zip fly and belt loops. Double-layer panels at the knees are designed to accommodate knee pads. There’s also a scuff patch at the instep and press studs at the hems for a closer fit, as well as integrated lace hooks to attach them to boots. In fact, Revolution Race GP Pro pants are very similar to premium outdoor trousers from other Scandi brands such as Haglofs, Sasta and Fjallraven, while being far more reasonably priced.
Although our test pair were no-nonsense black, it’s also worth noting that they come in a kaleidoscope of colorways and a wide range of both men’s and women’s sizes. As of summer 2021, they are also now available in two different leg lengths, short and regular. There’s no long leg yet, but as is common with many Scandi brands, even the regular leg is a generous 33” inseam in the men’s version.
• RRP: $109 (US) / £95 (UK)
• Style: Hybrid cargo
• Gender specificity: Men’s and women’s versions available
• Sizes: Men’s XS-XXL, available in short and regular leg lengths Women’s XS-XXL, available in short and regular leg lengths
• Weight (Men’s): 600g / 21.1oz
• Materials: Main fabric Polyester (65%) & cotton (35%) Stretch panels Nylon (88%) & elastane (12%)
• Colors: Dark Olive / Black / Jetblack / Rusty Orange / Autumn / Dusty Blue / Deep Teal / Black & Red / Grey & Anthracite / Hunter / Mustard / Peacemaker / Pine Green / Grey & Orange
• Compatibility: Three-season hiking, camping and backpacking
Revolution Race GP Pro pants: on the trails
We’ve been roaming the mountains and valleys of Snowdonia in GP pros from spring through to summer, and they’ve held up superbly. They’re extremely comfortable, and we love the contemporary slim fit, although it might not suit everyone.
The cut does taper markedly at the lower legs. So, if you’ve got chunky thighs or calves, they might feel a bit tight. On the other hand, the stretch nylon softshell panels have plenty of give for excellent freedom of movement. The thicker fabrics also feel extremely tough and we’d expect them to withstand plenty of punishment.
Admittedly, the burly construction and profusion of features do add weight. They’re not the lightest trousers around. They also get a bit too warm in high summer, although generous mesh-lined vents that extend from the knee to the upper thigh help you dump heat. This shortcoming is likely to be a bonus as the weather turns cooler though. This actually makes the GP Pros a fairly versatile performer, particularly since the polycotton fabrics can be waxed (blocks of which are available through the Revolution Race website) to boost their weather-resistance. Consisting largely of beeswax, this is also a far more eco-friendly form of water repellent treatment compared to the PFC-based finishes used in many other trousers.
An outdoors writer and editor, Matt Jones has been testing kit in the field for nearly a decade. Having worked for both the Ramblers and the Scouts, he knows one or two things about walking and camping, and loves all things adventure, particularly long-distance backpacking, wild camping and climbing mountains – especially in Wales. He’s based in Snowdonia and last year thru-hiked the Cambrian Way, which runs for 298 miles from Cardiff to Conwy, with a total ascent of 73,700 feet – that’s nearly 2½ times the height of Everest. Follow Matt on Instagram and Twitter.