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What you should be looking for in a pair of Walking Trousers:
Walking trousers protect your lower limbs from the elements. As seasons change so will the level of insulation you require. The important functions are to trap air and keep the wind out.
Fit for trousers is especially subjective. A stretchy waist either with a belt or the option of adding one, gives all-round adjustability (braces are a bonus, especially for 4 season mountaineering).
Ventilation allows you to cool down. It will also make insulated walking trousers more versatile. Look for vents on the trouser leg, and also for mesh-lined pockets.
The best fabrics will have stretch in both the horizontal and vertical direction. However, if the cut of the walking pants is good, stretch in one direction is fine.
Your walking trouser cuffs must accommodate your boots by fitting over them. Ideally, the fit should be snug. If the cuffs are too wide, they will simply flap about; too tight and they may ride up letting in grit and mud. Ankle cuffs that can be adjusted are best as this allows them to be used with difference pairs of boots. Drawcords and press studs are ideal, while velcro can be problematic in muddy conditions.
Freedom of Movement
Restriction of movement while out on the hill can be a danger. Test this by first squatting down in the walking pants, while wearing your boots. Next bring your knees up to your chest; then place your legs wide apart and bend to touch your toes. A well fitting walking pant will not move excessively or feel tight in areas such as the crotch and knees.
If possible at least some of the pockets should have zips to keep items safe. Pockets that will accommodate a map are particularly desirable.