x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 January 2018

Travel Essentials: stay versatile on a trek with zip-off trousers

Easily going from trousers to shorts, these hard-wearing zip-off hybrids are cooler than you think.

Craghoppers Kiwi Zip-off trousers. Courtesy of Craghoppers
Craghoppers Kiwi Zip-off trousers. Courtesy of Craghoppers

There was a time when I would have baulked at the idea of wearing zip-off trousers. But as their styles and materials have improved, the benefits become more apparent. Having trousers and shorts in a single garment saves space when packing. They are hard wearing and dry quickly. Suddenly, wearing a pair of these hybrids out and about doesn’t seem so odd.

Craghoppers Kiwi zip-off trousers

These trousers are made from treated polyester cotton, which repels water and dries quickly. They are comfortable because the fabric has a bit of stretch and the waist is elastic. There are eight pockets and a large cargo pocket on the leg. They weigh just 600 grams and convert into shorts, thanks to the zips above the knee. The trousers come with a lifetime guarantee.

Available in four colours, from www.craghoppers.com from $36.64 (Dh135), plus shipping.


North Face Horizon Falls convertible trousers

Expensive but very lightweight, these trousers are made from nylon ripstop that is tough and quick-drying, with an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) of 50. They change into 25cm-long shorts. Subtle details, such as the ankle zips and a gusseted crotch, make them feel like they are worth the extra money. The fit is loose and they come in grey and beige.

Available from www.ellis-brigham.com from $77.95 (Dh286), plus shipping.


Marmot Cruz convertible trousers

These trousers are made from recycled nylon, which has been treated to protect against sun (UPF 50) and rain. They are breathable and have a waistband lined with tricot, a material with a close-knit weave, which wicks moisture away quickly. They have zips on the leg hems to make them easy to fit over bulky boots. They can be converted into 25cm-shorts using zips above the knee.

Available from www.backcountry.com from $55.96 (Dh206), plus shipping.

More of the most durable and practical gear to take on your next holiday at Travel Essentials.