I tend to wear synthetic trousers when I’m out walking but I’d seen a couple of folks out with what I’d assumed were a heavier cotton cargo pant style trousers and wondered what they were. I sort of dismissed them became I assumed they’d get really heavy in the rain. Then after chatting with someone on a walk last year I realised they were waxed.
Some googling later and I was looking at the Fjallraven website. And some time after that (a couple of months ago to be exact) I got a note from the Fjällräven guys asking if I wanted a pair of their trousers, as they are building up their outdoors blogger contacts.
The pair I got – the Fjällräven Vidda Pro G1000 regulars – are made with their G1000 material. That’s a fabric designed by Fjällräven which is 65% polyester and 35% cotton. It’s then treated with Greenland Wax (essentially paraffin and high-quality beeswax), which you can reapply when you need to. I bought a bar of it on Amazon and have used it once after my last Scottish trip.
I’ve had a couple of months of a fair mix of weather and I can say that I really love them. They pretty much held their own in wild weather in Scotland but did start to let water in after a while so I put on my waterproof trousers over the top. That could be because I didn’t get as much wax into them as possible when I prepped them (see the video below)
The over all cut and adjustable ankle adjustment strap (to fit nicely around my boots) is great. They have lots of pockets, including a great elasticated internal pocket inside the map pocket, for stowing your phone. And the reinforced knee and backside panels are great (more so for someone like me who lives in an area of millstone grit!).
They’re a great pair of trousers: recommended.