I’ve always liked taking a pair of lightweight windproof trousers whenever I go backpacking. They are great for changinging into at camp, for putting over a pair of thin leggings for warmth or using as pyjama trousers.
Most of the time I’ve used a pair of Montane Featherlite trousers. They are very light at 114g, but the ankle zips are superfluous and can dig into your flesh sometimes.
Until now, it’s been impossible to find a simple pair of windproof trousers with no zips. I contacted Marco at As Tucas to see whether he was interested in making a pair. To my delight, he agreed and here is the result.
He’s used Momentum 90 fabric, which is very smooth and silky but seems quite robust. The tight weave makes them very wind resistant. The weight is a meagre 72g. The lightest comparable wind trousers I can find are MontBell, which are 84g (with zips). The material on the MontBell trousers is not as pleasant to the touch as Momentum.
These are a very simple slip-on design, with an elasticated waist and ankles. The standard of workmanship is high and I can’t see any flaws. I’m not going to give you a price as Marco is likely to make these a catalogue item. If you are in the market for some windproof trousers, these will merit a close look.
These will probably not appeal to many people. However, I’ve found my feet get cold when lazing around in my tent when it’s breezy. I wanted something simple to put over my socks to mitigate this. For next to no weight, I now have the solution.
Disclosure: I have no formal or financial relationship with As Tucas and paid for these items with my own money.