LIGHTWEIGHT, WINDPROOF, FAST-DRYING and comfortable walking trousers have been standard wear for many years. It wasn’t always so though. Back in the 1970s, when I started hillwalking and backpacking, walking legwear was quite heavy and made of wool or cotton so it was slow to dry and uncomfortable when damp. It was bulky when packed too – you didn’t want to carry a pair in a rucksack. I remember getting cold legs in wet cotton corduroy trousers in summer and sore, itchy legs from harsh wet wool rubbing against them in winter.
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More Ways than one
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WHAT WE'RE READING
WHAT WE’RE READING
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