Pinewood Pirsch Trousers
- By Chris Parkin
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- Last updated: 01/07/2019
As spring warms us and with summer approaching, I’m on the lookout for lighter weight clothing to match the conditions. Pinewood’s ‘Pirsch’ hunting trousers are a dark brown polyester weave, with tougher polyamide contrasting sections protecting the knees and lower legs, whilst remaining quiet and durable. The Pirsch are wind resistant and water repelling from the knee down, reinforced where the trousers are exposed to the most wear and tear. They feature mesh ventilation panels on the front inner thigh to aid airflow and cooling, yet with a light membrane throughout the leg, wearer comfort across most weather conditions is quite remarkable at such light weight. They are Treated with ‘Bionic Finish Eco’ for extra water and dirt repellent features, which have proven to shrug off daily grime and debris pretty well. Water beading on the surface will eventually soak through but not immediately through to the skin, beyond which they have proven fast drying, as the light fabric holds little water. I like that they have a proper button, not just poppers at the waist, which is slightly elasticated with rubberised grippers to cling to your shirt, for better retention without braces on. Two front hand pockets are in the usual spots below the waist and then moving down the legs, thigh pockets, all with zippers. Outside the right leg there is a deep open pocket for your knife and a d-ring allows lanyards to be fastened for security of valuables.
All stitching is executed neatly with reinforcement where required over the multiple components layers individually cut for active comfort. The hems feature rubberised zippers, allowing them to gape wide when putting on or wearing over boots with a Velcro tab at the base. The inside of this hem features a hooked-on shock cord that will further tag them to your boots and also makes a great improvised hanging tab when they need to be washed and dried in a hurry; it allows the legs to gape open and increase drying airflow. A wide range of sizes with options in length are available, with just the one colour of earthy brown, which I personally find quite versatile with other shorts and jackets to remain drab but not untidy. These are fantastic trousers when it comes to fending off variable yet warmer air conditions. They have shrugged of tears and snags from light foliage with the tightly woven cloth remaining supple and quiet in all forms of motion with a great medium leg volume cut for flexibility, yet without being too baggy and constantly snagged. With a long coat or smock covering the waistline from above, intermittent rain is coped with, as the lower legs fend off the water and, if gaiters are worn, they are light and flexible enough to stay well wrapped beneath, without the undue discomfort of feeling like you have three pairs of trousers on.