In these straightened times,I think we have all become bargain hunters. Rohan had a sale in July and I spotted the Elite Trousers at half price. Bargain is a relative term, you understand. These were £40.50, instead of an eye-watering £81.70. OK, so it’s not really a bargain, but at £40.50, they are a “sensible” price. I bought them really as a potential second pair of trousers if I needed some for a hotel, rather than out-and-out walking trousers.
They are incredibly light at 203g for a 34″ waist. Unlike previous Rohan trousers (note the word trousers, not pants!), the leg length was just right. Considering the weight, they are fully specified with pockets (two front, one security and one rear) and a proper belt.
The material is gossamer thin. While they are wind resistant, they are not wind proof in the way that Montane Terra Pants (ugh!) are. I don’t think I’d want to use them in a cold wind. Conversely, in the warmer months, they are pleasantly airy and cool, despite not having mesh vents.
The colour is a slightly strange brown/grey, not unattractive, but I would have preferred a dark grey. I’ve worn them quite a lot on warmer days recently and have grown to like them a lot. Although I think they will be reasonably hard-wearing, I would want to expose them to much abrasion or to thorns.
Rohan still have a few in larger sizes, if you are interested. I’m wondering if they might discontinue them, which would be a shame.