Patagonia Stonycroft Pants Lightweight Walking Trousers for Men
Product Review & Walking Gear Test
Stonycroft Pants Lightweight Walking Trousers for Men
Features to Note:
Patagonia says:"Performance hiking pants, equally at home on or off the trail, made of a 95% nylon (67% recycled)/5% elastane fabric with 4-way stretch and 40-UPF sun protection."
The Patagonia Stonycroft Trousers are true to size and fit nice and comfortably. I'm 5'10'' and was wearing the 34" waist/32" leg which was just right. They are of a slimmer fit design which I rather like since it stops the trouser legs from flapping around too much in windy conditions but appreciate that this might not suit everyone.
There's a good selection of pockets - all with zip fasteners. Two deep pockets at the front with the zips running bottom-up, two mid-size pockets at the back with the zips running inside to out and one on the front right thigh with the zip running bottom to top.
There is a zippered fly and waist fastening button. Around the waistband, there are a good selection of belt loops - but no actual belt.
There is however a mini-belt about 50mm (2") long on the front of the waist band with a tightening toggle which I could use to tighten the trousers around my waist (follow the link below and watch the movie for a clearer explanation of this).
The material has a slightly stiff and rustly nature but is in actual fact soft and pliable and quite stretchy in all directions. So much so that there is absolutely no restriction of movement in any direction - perfect for clambering over that slightly too high stile or some light scrambling.
Where the Patagonia Stonycroft Trousers excel though is in the DWR (durable water repellent) finish. The water repellency is absolutely stunning. Light rain simply beads and flows away without wetting the fabric. Heavy rain does the same. I actually placed a trouser leg under a flowing tap and water just flows off with penetrating the material. However, persistent heavy rain (or simply sitting on wet grass) does penetrate the fabric and results in 'wetting out'. The fabric does dry again very quickly though.
The fabric also has 40-UPF sun protection and this is adequate for a UK summer, 2018 not withstanding. I normally apply 50-UPF sun cream to my neck and shoulders where the skin is exposed to the elements so 40-UPF is plenty for legs covered by material.
Stylish and comfortable, the Patagonia Stonycroft Trousers are perfect for walking in the British Mountains and Hills. Lots of freedom of movement and plenty of pockets and a water repellent finish that actually repels water. This means I no longer have to carry waterproof over trousers anymore on days when light showers are forecast - hallelujah to that. My only gripe is I'd have liked to see a belt since I usually carry a camera on one.
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