By: Blonde One
The Rohan Fjell winter hiking trousers (B1)
Despite these pictures of my trials of the Rohan Fjell winter hiking trousers being on a glorious autumn day, I can confirm that they are a great option whatever the weather. I have worn them in torrential rain on Dartmoor when it has been doing its best to behave like winter and on a balmy Torbay coastal walk. The trousers performed well in both sets of conditions. They were certainly warm on the cold days and did keep me dry to a point when it was raining. After the shower turned to a downpour I resorted to waterproof over-trousers but these trousers are certainly ‘shower resistant’ as promised by Rohan. They are perhaps a bit more money than I would usually spend on a pair of trousers but, as with all Rohan clothing, they are easily worth the money.
There are two things that I like the best: 1. The zippable pockets. Blonde Two and I decided that I could store all sorts of conkers, marbles, string and acorns in them. The two thigh pockets are certainly large and easily accessible. 2. The extra reinforced panels at the knees, rear and hem. Not only does the slightly darker colour here look good but it adds extra protection if you are scrambling or just suffer a slip on the autumn leaves!
The Rohan Latitude Zip Neck Top (B2)
There are plenty of fleece walking tops out there on the market so I decided to give this one a really good testing on a 48-hour, very wet Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition. Expedition life is a busy one that offers little opportunity for outfit changes so, as expected, I ended up sleeping, working and eating in my new fleece and was very pleased with it. One of the design challenges of mid-layer tops is that they need to offer a good balance of warmth and comfort. The Latitude Top did this well. Its grid-design fleecing on the inside added additional warmth underneath my waterproof without being too bulky (something I hate when working outdoors). It has ‘monkey thumb’ holes for extra warmth, capacious pockets for chilly hands, route cards or spare sporks (sometimes all three at once), and fits well around the neck without any of the annoying zip/neck interaction that you can get with cheaper zip fleeces.
Although this is a technical top, it also looks great with a pair of jeans. I love the berry-matching bright colour and the fact that it is long enough in both the arms and body for my 5’8″ size 18 frame. Well done Rohan… another great product and one I shall be wearing right through this autumn/winter season.
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