If you like Craghoppers gear then its worth trying the Stretch Kiwi Trousers. A different "beast" from the "classic" version of the trousers. They do them in 4 styles, all using the same stretch material. These are as follows:
Trousers (Zip off facility)
3/4 Length "capri" ( bit like breeches)
Check out the Craghoppers website for further details.
i'm a recent convert to stretchy trews (not hohn burlye's fault this time but peter clinch's)
i have jack wolfskin activate trews (designed for short fat germans as well as tall people)for colder weather which i like a lot and rohan trailblazers (designed for those of not average height) for this time of year when shorts aren't an option which are just great and can't praise them enough. i found the rohan's to be the most comfortable of all i tried on (sadly no D ring).
Ashley Steadman wrote (see)
Visited Decathlon in Stockport today have their very good own brand stretch softshell trousers on sale at a discount at the moment this means you can acquire a pair for £35! I have a couple of pairs and rate them as being as good as "named" brands twice the price.
In general, but specifically in answer to the request for a looser cut lower legs, worth remembering that Elastic (and thus stretch) doesn't have magical water resistant properties
Of course weather resistance does vary a bit by fabric, but water is mostly from the DWR which should be same on most of these and wind resistance from the tightness of the weave. Paramo style ones are of course very weather resistant, and the various lined windproofs etc plentifully so too.
In fact none of my extant trousers stretch at all, and none are at all restrictive. But then they're tailored because I need that for my leg length For most folk the fit won't be so good - but knee/seat stretch panels can I think compensate for such things as well as full stretch trousers. (See a lot of Haglofs, and a bunch of other people for that matter.).
So really full stretch trousers should be cut tight to make proper sense.
It's a bit of a waste if they're not. What you directly gain from stretch is freedom of movement, but a suitable cut will give you that anyway, as Martin says.
Indirect gains are from a closer cut, and the closer cut is possible because the stretch means the closer cut won't be restrictive. These gains are less surface area to catch the weather and rub off vegetation, greater thermal efficiency (less space for convection currents) and faster drying, from being closer to the heat source of your legs.
Stretchy/baggy makes no sense at all. You're paying more for stretch, but don't use it...
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