In this review, I have a look at the Fjällräven High Coast Hike Trousers M Long in size 52 (US 36”) which weigh in at 350 grams. They roll up into a very compact bundle, perfect for lightweight backpacking trips during the summer months.
The arrival of the Fjällräven High Coast Hike trousers happened just when we thought the Dutch weather had taken a turn for the better: sunny days, ever warmer temperatures. Perfect conditions for a hike through the forests and dunes along the country’s western coast. But mother nature had other plans it seems. Within a few short days, the weather was back to winter conditions: snow, hail, rain and dropping temperatures. I remained undeterred and spent a few hours testing these trousers on a 15km circuit.
Comfort & fit
I always have difficulties finding trousers that fit me properly due to having large thighs. The Fjallraven High Coast hiking trousers fit me fine however, and the waistline was also on point. With its elasticated waistline and built-in belt, I was immediately able to get them to fit well.
The trousers have a regular fit and are extremely light and comfortable to wear thanks to the stretch ripstop fabric that wicks away moisture and dries quickly. They feature tapered legs and a gusset crotch allowing for freedom of movement without anything bunching up anywhere it shouldn’t.
This model was the “long” one, offering an additional 5cms to the trouser legs. This allows you to tailor them to your exact specification which is an added bonus.
These trousers are promoted as being made for use in warm conditions which I really look forward to test as soon as the weather allows. Given the testing conditions I was in however, I was pleasantly surprised to see that not only are they very breathable, they are relatively wind proof and water repellent: I could clearly see the rain beading up on the fabric and rolling off without leaving any damp patches behind.
Materials & features
The Fjällräven High Coast Hike Trousers are made of 84% polyamide, 16% elastane. The material itself seems quite strong and sturdy despite being so light and breathable. I didn’t have a chance to put this to the test during this hike though.
The trousers’ waist is elasticated and features a woven belt for an optimised fit. The trousers feature a YKK zippered fly with a press button, two regular pockets, a zippered one on the back and two extra zippered pockets on the upper thighs. I personally prefer cargo pockets on the side of the leg rather than on top of the thigh, but this is a personal preference.
Looks are a very subjective thing but I’m confident these trousers can be worn during social settings as well as outdoor sport activities. The regular cut gives them a classic look despite the technical material they are made of though the two thigh pockets and their paracord loops are a dead giveaway. I have the Mountain Grey variant which I can definitely see myself wearing casually when everything warms up again, just not to the office.
Fjällräven high coast hike trousers are lightweight breathable and comfortable pants for everyday use and casual wear. As with most Fjällräven products, the price point is relatively high but you get what you pay for. I personally can’t wait to test these in the summer. The retail price is € 139,95.