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ZIPS ARE SHARP!!! They cut my right hand, and the product is awful for hiking
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 December 2019
To those who don't have time to read this all: The pocket zips are very sharp, and tight, and so when I put my hand in to reach my wallet, I received two, long, clean cuts across the top of my hand.
I needed a pair of hiking trousers for DofE, and being an idiot I left it too late, and didn't have time to go to a proper hiking store, so I bought these instead The trousers arrived as expected, and were packaged well too.
However, they are pretty heavy for hiking trousers. I am no expert, and I realise these are cargo trousers, and so you expect a certain level of toughness to them which makes them heavy, but, these are way too heavy. This makes them horrendous for hiking and annoying for everyday use,
Then there is is the horrible material, or just badly designed pockets on the inside of the trousers. I wore these on a 25km hike, and the inner front pockets' lining is incredibly coarse. The pockets are also very large, and it sit on top of your thighs when you wear them. Therefore, whenever you take a step your thighs rub against the lining. This is hardly ideal for long walks, something I discovered the hard way. I had some very red and sore thighs afterwards.
The zips at the base of the trousers are utterly useless. I have large walking boots, and so it mattered that the trousers had the ability to unzip at the bottom so that I can easily remove my trousers if need be without taking my boots off. If they're wet for example. Sadly, behind the zip, as you will see in the products' photo, there is some fabric holding both sides to the zip together still, and you may think its got some slack so that you can still enlarge the radius of your trouser leg at the bottom, but the fabric only increases the diameter by 2cm at the base. The zip is utterly pointless.
The pocket zips are very dangerous. The two parallel zips above the knee have incredibly sharp teeth to them. The two rows of teeth don't like to be curved either, and like to sit in straight lines, so when I put my hand in to grab my wallet, the teeth cut the top of my hand. The pockets also sit in a silly position, just above the knee, and so anything heavy in them is knocked about by your knee bending slightly when you walk.
What can I salvage?
The side pockets, where you tend to rest your hands in are very roomy, and are very comfortable. The trousers also fit perfectly, and the colour pretty much matched the pictures, although be aware the trousers are very slightly lighter in shade than you'd expect. They arrived on time, and packaged very well. The belt loops are also a decent size for you to fit on a chunkier belt, and I have no doubt they'd hold onto a belt with a torch strapped onto it, or some molle pouches.
Personally, I feel like these may appeal to some people. But, they ARE NOT HIKING TROUSERS. It is false advertising for the seller to make the claim that these are for hiking, when my hiking experience with them meant I ended up taking them off, and just wearing my thin waterproof trousers instead, even though my legs would get cold. The rubbing against my thighs was just too unbearable.
Now, I am not a very style conscientious person,
but the patches these trousers come with saying US Army and the eagle picture are pretty childish. I always planned to remove them when they arrived, and they were pretty easy to remove, although be aware if you do so, you'll be left with visible stitching holes in the trousers were the patches were, but I accept customers aren't meant to do this. On a general note, the two parallel pocket zips, and the patches, as well as other things I can't put my finger on make these trousers not very attractive.
These trousers are just not worth the £32, and there is NO WAY THESE ARE HIKING TROUSERS. If these were £10 or even £15 I'd judge them by that price and find them to be pretty good, but for £30 they've really let me down. I do not advise you buy these, even if you don't plan on hiking with them. There are numerous other trousers online, not just on amazon which look better in my opinion, and are cheaper.
Do not buy!