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Solognac 500 Lightweight, Breathable Hunting Trousers

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Background

When I’m out and about in the hills I like to somewhat blend in with my environment rather than really show out and impact on it.  When it comes to my clothing and gear, I am Mr Earth-tones.

Most of the offerings from the “Hiking” brands are blacks and greys, which fall outside what I like, or they are really bright colours like red.  I have also found that I don’t really like the cut of the trousers on offer.  Finally, I found that most of the other brands had very narrow beltloops.  I wanted to be able to use the excellent Kitmonster PCS Belt, which is 50mm wide.

When I looked at the “bushcraft” brands I found that they were mostly made of a much heavier fabric which would be fine for static work, but not for hiking.  Not to mention the price-tag!

That’s when I started to look at “Hunting” trousers and found these from Solognac.  I already have some Merino base-layers from Solognac which I am VERY pleased with.

Solognac is one of the in-house brands owned by Decathlon.  Solognac being their hunting brand.  It isn’t as well represented in their stores in the UK as it is on the Continent, but the full range is available on their website.  If you are doing bushcraft type things or, like me, don’t like the bright colours of “Hiking” clothing this is the brand for you!  There is a lot of well made, well designed gear here.  I shall definitely be experimenting further.

I have three pairs of these strides which I have been running for a couple of years now, so they are well tested.

Description

These are made from pure synthetics.  They are 94% Polydamide and 6% Elastane.  This means that the fabric has a nice stretch to it, making them more comfortable for extreme range movements like scrambling or climbing.  They are also extremely quick drying, so if you do get wet they won’t be soaking for hours after.

Despite being a synthetic they are pretty breathable, and not uncomfortable in warm weather.

They are double stitched at the seams and have bar-tacks at all the stress points, like the fly and pocket corners..

The waist is partially elasticated which gives a better fit across their size ranges.  It also have generous belt loops which will take a 50mm belt easily.

They have a wide size range, going from Small through to 3XL.

They have 3 colourways; Khaki, which is more like a grey; Bark Brown which is a beige; and Deep Shale which is a chocolate brown.

They have two hand-warmer pockets and two cargo pockets on the side of the thighs.  For some reason they have opted to line these pockets with a bright orange, open-weave mesh.  I’m not a fan to be honest.  This doesn’t add any value to the garment, and when you are using the hand-warmer pockets it feels like you are touching skin on skin.  It also creates some discomfort if you put anything plastic into your pocket.  That said, I use a chest pack when I’m hiking so I never have anything in my pockets.

The fit is is very different from the vast majority of hiking trousers on the market.  Whereas most are a pretty loose fit with a fair crotch gap (allowing chub-rub), these are a much more “snug” fit.  They are much higher into the crotch, similar to a set of Crye G3.  They also have a lower waist than most of the competition.  Finally there is less width on the legs as the freedom of movement is provided by the stretch in the fabric.  All of this makes for a very comfortable fit for me.

 

Opinion

I love these trousers!  I’ve been wearing them for about two years now in all sorts of conditions.  I wore them up Snowdon, and I wear them for daily dog walks. They are much more comfortable than any other trousers I have tried.

I love how quickly they dry when they do get wet, and I love their overall comfort supplied by the stretch fabric.

The best part is their price.  At £19.99 it’s a no-brainer.  You won’t find anything like this quality at a comparable price point!

Summary

Well made, durable, very comfortable and cheap.  What’re you waiting for?

Ratings

  • Cost – £: £19.99 direct from Decathlon.  Total Steal!
  • Value for money 1-5: 5. Less than £20, comfortable and hard-wearing.  Very much value for money!
  • Ease of use 1-5: 5, Well designed and well made.
  •  Construction 1-5: 5, Well made with clear attention to detail in the construction.
  • Allyness 1-5: 4, Only not a 5 because it’s not available in Multicam…

This Kit Pest Article was written by Ben O’Toole. Hopefully you enjoyed it and if you have any thoughts or comments related to this article then leave a comment!