Are you looking for a good pair of hiking pants? We have tested 2 of the latest Schöffel hiking trousers. Read about our test experiences with the Koper1 and the Engadin1 here, as well as what the pros and cons of these hiking trousers are..
What makes a good pair of hiking pants? The right hiking trousers should be weatherproof, robust and dirt-repellent and at the same time offer high wearing comfort. For longer hikes in particular, it is extremely important that you feel comfortable when wearing them. Chafing or pinching trousers can really spoil the fun of a hiking tour. We have already had this experience. This makes it all the more worthwhile to look for high quality and wearing comfort.
So that you neither sweat nor freeze too quickly in your hiking trousers, it is also essential that they are breathable. On the other hand, they should also be rain-repellent and dry quickly again after a shower, which is common, for example, when hiking in the low and high mountains, even in summer.
There are different types of hiking pants: the most important are the classic hiking pants, the cargo pants, the zip-off pants and the roll-up pants. They all have different advantages and disadvantages, and it also depends on the wearer which hiking trousers are perfect for you. Not every pair of hiking trousers is suitable for everyone.
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What also convinced us about the cooperation and the products from Schöffel is that the medium-sized family business attaches great importance to sustainability, environmental protection and fair working conditions at the production sites, which is not a matter of course in the textile industry. We stand by our conviction that the company ethics must match our values and we privately place particular emphasis on quality, sustainability and durability when buying an outdoor product.
As part of the collaboration, we test 2 Schöffel hiking trousers from the latest collection: the Pants Koper1, and the Pants Engadin1, both as classic hiking trousers.
We tested the hiking trousers on several easy to moderate hikes in the Black Forest at pleasant 14°C-18°C and a few rain showers. For hiking in higher temperatures and weather changes, it is worth considering buying hiking trousers with a zip-off function (both Engadin1 and Koper1 are also available as zip-off hiking trousers). The changeable weather with occasional rain showers provided good test conditions to find out how well the Schöffel hiking trousers withstand wind and weather in practice.
What struck us immediately when we first put them on was how well the hiking trousers fit. Both hiking trousers fit us slim and normally built people perfectly and visually we like them very much. This is also because the waistband of both trousers is flexibly adjustable and the stretch material adapts nicely to the figure. This means that the trousers are neither too tight nor too loose.
Usually, you only notice when hiking trousers are used intensively if there are restrictions in wearing comfort. This was not the case at all with the Schöffel hiking trousers tested. During light climbing and longer use, we feel very comfortable throughout.
It is also essential for a good pair of hiking trousers that they withstand the weather conditions well. We were particularly impressed by how quickly the Schöffel hiking trousers dried again after a heavy downpour.
And when the sun came out and beat down on us, we noticed the pleasant cooling effect of the so-called Ice Café technology, which is used in both Schöffel hiking trousers. With this technology, Schöffel demonstrates how to combine sustainability with functionality: Recycled coffee is used as a textile component in the fabric of the hiking trousers. This makes the fabric slightly cooling in the heat and at the same time odour-inhibiting.
When hiking in nature, it is not unusual for functional clothing to get dirty. It often happens that hiking trousers are used for several days in a row, but a washing machine is not an option, e.g. because you are at a hut in the mountains or there is simply no time for this between hiking tours. It is therefore advantageous if functional clothing is as dirt-repellent as possible from the outset and any dirt can be easily washed out and brushed off. This is the case with both Schöffel hiking trousers, we simply cleaned them by hand with clear water without soap or detergent the evening before the next stage and removed most of the dirt splashes.
Schöffel hiking trousers in the classic version are ideal companions for hikes in summer and the transitional seasons. For changing weather conditions, both models are also available in a zip-off version, which is definitely a worthwhile investment if you like to go on longer tours in summer. For autumn and winter, Schöffel also offers hiking trousers with inner lining (marked with the additional letter w).
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