Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Dare 2b Trousers Review for Outdoor Look

Online outdoor retailer Outdoor Look recently contacted me to test out and review some of the kit they sell;Outdoor Look offer everything from cycling and skiing kit to walking trousers. We agreed that I'd test out some walking/outdoor trousers for them, I chose the Dare 2b Restrain Trousers in the Iron colour.

Dare 2b Restrain Trousers

After a few days the trousers arrived in the post and I was keen to test them out - outdoor trousers for me have to be comfortable, look good, not too baggy or too tight and allow a wide range of leg movements - both walking during fieldwork for my degree out in Northumberland and a few sessions at the climbing wall would give me a good impression; here's what I thought.

I immediately found the trousers very comfortable on the legs and around the waist (perhaps a little higher than I'd personally like), they fit like a walking trousers but they allowed a good enough range of motion needed when climbing. The comfort is also complimented by the subtle look of the trousers - no patches and no zip below the knee; perfect for what I want really - they're also just about the right warmth for a standard day in the hills.

My only problem with them, for climbing, was that the popper around the waist occasionally came undone when I was wearing a harness or my legs lifted too high - probably best to stick to wearing these trousers out in the hills rather than on the crag, not to say that they are in any way bad but I believe they're more suited to walking; the high waist would suggest this too.

Overall I was impressed with the Dare 2b trousers; they're comfortable, look good and are practical - I'd recommend these to anyone looking for a well priced walking trouser but if you're looking for something to climb in freely and regularly I'd try out something made for purpose; Lowe Alpine do some good climbing trousers for example.

I'd like to thank Outdoor Look for the chance to test out and review some of the kit they sell, I'd recommend anyone looking for some outdoor clothing to at least check out their site: www.outdoorlook.co.uk

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