Walk Highlands Take the Chilkoot for a Ramble

Chilkoot softshell trousers ideal for scrambling, biking, and hill walking

By Talyn Williams>

In her review Women’s Alpkit Chilkoot softshell trousers for Walk Highlands, Helen Webster lauds the Chilkoots softshell trousers for their outstanding comfort, durability, and flexibility. She exalts the trousers' stretchy fabric, which, combined with an additional diamond panel in the crotch and articulated knees, allows these trousers to move harmoniously with the user. This feature makes them an excellent choice for diverse outdoor activities, such as scrambling, biking, and walking.

Webster praises the trousers' fitting. Their roomy thigh area, coupled with a slim fit on the lower legs, prevents excess fabric from flapping about. While the sizing is generous compared to other women's trousers, this doesn't detract from the overall comfort, as it is easy to adjust the fit with a belt.

These are excellent and versitile trousers suitable for all but the warmest Scottish days.

The fabric's feel is another highlight. Its water-resistant finish handles light drizzle or the occasional light shower with grace, while its fair wind resistance ensures additional comfort. These trousers keep cool in hot conditions, while being at their best in cooler weather, attesting to their versatility.

Webster appreciates the thought put into the trousers' design, noting the inclusion of four zipped mesh-backed pockets, including one with a loop for keys or a compass, and a spacious thigh pocket. The use of YKK-branded zip on the fly, topped by two press stud fastenings at the waistband, adds to the trousers' ease of use.

Despite being used on numerous Scottish Munro routes, the trousers showed no signs of wear and tear, and the matt black surface retained its smart look. Furthermore, the Chilkoots are easy to maintain, washing well at 30 degrees and drying very quickly.

In conclusion, Helen Webster celebrates the Chilkoots softshell trousers as versatile, comfortable, and durable pants, offering excellent value and being suitable for all but the warmest Scottish days.

Read the full review on Walk Highlands

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