Jack Pyke Weardale Trousers
- By Chris Parkin
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- Last updated: 20/03/2019
Jack Pyke’s Weardale Trousers are a perfect Autumn weight outer layer, able to fend of showers, yet retain great breathability and lightweight feel without getting too warm through the season’s changeable weather conditions. Tough 100% polyester microfibre fabric with a brushed finish in green shows darker, formed reinforcing panels at the knees for greater abrasion resistance and comfort when crawling, with a bonded TPU membrane under the outer soft touch skin. The innermost mesh lining is also soft touch and wicks moisture away from your skin whilst never clinging and shows decent wind proofing from the tight, very slightly shiny weave.
The 5000mm column waterproof rating will shed all but the heaviest of long-term rainfall or immersion and the twin side pockets, with similar upper/outer thigh leg pockets, seal with weatherproof zips to fend off unwanted matter falling in when traversing foliage, or valuables dropping out. Ankles are uncuffed and of a mid-cut, capable of surrounding the leg of a 12-inch boot high boot, but equally comfortable when folded/wrapped around your calf inside wellies.
After wearing the trousers on and off throughout the 2017 season, I have recently reworn them this past autumn, remembering their all-day comfort as October dipped into the chillier stages toward winter. The looks don’t scream out country sports, so they can be worn incognito publicly. For longer, more arduous days, I would prefer buttons or braces on the elasticated waistband, yet the mid-cut through the thighs allows a great range of movement, without constriction in the nether regions. I like the double hook/button fastener on this waistband as well as a belt through the loops too. Noise is limited to a slight ‘swoosh’ as the legs pass one another when walking quickly but slow movement and inherent flexibility is silent. Multiple 30°c washes have not altered the fabric’s properties in any way and the sizing has remained consistent, an annoying factor some clothes seem to be afflicted by. The darker green has faded slightly but after 15 months of wear and tear, I’m impressed by these reasonably-priced trousers.