I’ve had my eye on some RailRiders Eco-Mesh trousers (not pants!) for a while. Unfortunately, RailRiders don’t have a European distributor so they are only available in the US. In their End of Summer sale RR reduced them from $86 to $69. This offsets some of the expensive postage ($40), so I decided to buy a pair.
Unfortunately they didn’t evade Customs and I was charged £8.83 VAT and a £8 handling charge. So the total cost was £88. Not cheap, but at the upper end of competing trousers. It took seventeen days from ordering to delivery, including seven days languishing in UK Customs.
What is unique about them is the long side mesh vents, which ought to be good for summer walking. Personally, I prefer wearing trousers rather than shorts most of the time. I like trousers with vents such as Montane Terra’s.
The Eco-Mesh also is impregnated with Permethrin which, according to the blurb, should last seventy washes. Given the increasing numbers of ticks and the like, this is an attractive feature. As far as I’m aware, only Craghoppers and Rohan have similar treatments.
The fit is just right for me, relaxed but not too baggy. The material is pleasantly soft to the touch but feels robust. Weight is a reasonable 330g (Medium, 30″ inseam). Philip Werner (SectionHiker) is a big fan of these trousers, so I look forward to using them next summer.
I’ve been nagging RailRiders to find a UK or European distributor or retailer. They are in discussions apparently, so next year, you may be able to buy RailRiders clothes direct from the UK or Europe rather than having to order from the US. I hope this comes off as they do produce some good stuff.