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Small sewing projects

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Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been doing a bit more sewing. I’ve replaced the elasticated cuffs on my Montane Featherlite Marathon windproof with Velcro fasteners. Although it takes a bit of time to do, having adjustable cuffs on windproofs is well worthwhile. While I was at it, I replaced the black Velcro fasteners on my blue Featherlite jacket with blue ones as well. Aesthetically, it’s more pleasing ๐Ÿ™‚

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Another little project was to sew a snap fastener on to the belt of my new Montane Terra trousers (not pants!!!). I copied this idea from Rohan. The belt on the new style Terras has a habit of slipping through the first belt loop. It’s a bit of a fiddle to re-thread it. Using a snap fastener secures the belt and avoids this hassle. I wish they’d go back to the old style enclosed belt. While they’re at it they should make an all grey version rather than one with black knees and seat. Montane could also revive the old style Terra zip-offs as well.

Mountain Equipment Ibex Pant review

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I’ve never really got on with soft shell trousers. My Macpac Mission Pants are great for winter but too warm to backpack in. The Berghaus Ortlers have lovely material but the legs are cut like sailors’ bell bottoms! My Rab Sawtooths are nearly right, but are slightly too long and baggy round the ankles.

However, the Ibex Pant Trouser is virtually perfect. The cut is superb (for me). The legs are close fitting without being tight. At the ankle, there is a V shaped insert, which can be closed with a zip, cinching the material close to your leg. This is great when wearing gaiters. Even when opened, the hem lies neatly over my boot (Ecco Biom Hike mids).

The material is quite light with a tightly woven face. Inside the material has a tricot feel to it. However, it’s not overly warm. It’s highly wind resistant, but not totally windproof. The DWR coating makes it quite water resistant as well. It has enough stretch to be comfortable.

There are two front pockets and a rear one, all closed by zips with zip pulls and have mesh linings, which is good for ventilation. Even better for ventilation are some mesh backed thigh vents (which could double as pockets if necessary). I think thigh vents are brilliant for backpacking trousers and obligatory for soft shell ones.

The waist closure has two press studs, which I like, as two is a fail safe and studs are less likely to fail than buttons. The waist has a good belt, which is semi enclosed. It annoys me when trousers don’t include a belt. The waist band is fleece lined to add to comfort.

I wore the Ibex’s for all three days of my Northern Fells trip and they were very comfortable. Despite the sunshine on day one, I didn’t overheat, especially using the vents. Day two was claggy with a bitter wind and they kept me warm. On day three, initially I used them under overtrousers and then on their own and was comfortable.

For cooler conditions, for me, these are the ideal trouser with an excellent cut. Neither too warm or too cool, they keep my legs at the right temperature, aided by the good venting options.

If I was being really picky, I’m not over keen on the large logo on the knee. I don’t like being an advertising board. I also think the rear pocket is a waste of time as I can’t see a use for it. For sizing purposes, I’m a 34″ waist and 30″ inside leg. The Large size is an almost perfect fit. For the record, mine (size L) weigh 426g. Link to Mountain Equipment website.

Disclaimer: I bought these with my own money and have no association with Mountain Equipment