As a backpacker who not only travels most of the year to a wide variety of countries and climates, but also on occasion finds himself climbing mountains, scrambling down steep ravines and trekking through jungles and deserts, my clothes tend to take a beating and have a lot to deal with. I need travel clothes that are versatile, hardy, long lasting and practical, and the Bear Grylls survivor trousers lived up to their name in more ways than one.
I have been a big fan of the Bear Grylls range of clothing for a long time, and that is coming from someone who generally has no high regard for celebrity or brand names simply for celebrity or brands sake. I base my opinions solely on the specific products merits alone. I often travel for extended periods of time and test my limits in a wide range of adventures and terrains, so my clothes need to be able to last, be versatile and take anything I throw at them.
The Bear Grylls Survivor trousers do that in spades and are perhaps one of the best pairs of trousers I have ever travelled with.
On a basic level these trousers are perfect for travelling in and versatile enough for most backpackers needs. They are comfortable and easy to wear in hot, tropical or temperate climates, or even for transitions between the two as they kept me cool and relatively dry on a hot humid forest trek, then kept me warm as the air thinned and the temperature cooled as I climbed slowly up a mountain in them. They are great for lazy evenings at a bar or going on an extended hike and are ideal for wearing during long transit hours on buses, trains or planes or even when exploring new cities or countries. I originally planned to save these for particularly hard activities where I knew I would need them, but to be honest I wore them over and over again in a variety of situations.
Basically you can wear these almost anywhere and they would be versatile enough to be comfortable, useful and stylish.
They have 9 pockets, including two zip ones which are perfect for travelling with, and size wise they are pretty spot on too. As a pretty big guy with a fair amount of muscle, I often find many Craghoppers sizes can be cut a little small, which isn;t a big deal but does mean that you have to get the next size up if you want a little looseness in your clothing. Not so with the Bear Grylls trousers, the size does mean the exact size, extra large means extra large, and fitted me absolutely perfectly from waistline to length.
Beyond that however – as their name suggests – they are ideal for any adventure you can throw at them.
Now these trousers aren’t cheap and they do come at a premium (unless of course you buy them on sale), but for the punishment they can take and for the protection they offer they are more than worth it.
The stretch panels on the knees, ankles and backside offer a fantastic range of flexibility which means you aren’t going to have your mobility restricted when hiking up a mountain or down a ravine. It is genuinely surprising how much more comfortable this makes crouching down at a river or taking a particularly steep step on a jungle trek. The trousers are seriously rugged too, with strong stitching and hardy material. I can vouch for this personally after a particularly grueling mountain climb presented me with plenty of challenges that would have seen at least some damage on normal trousers.
They’re also pretty handy in the mountains or deserts, as the UPF 40+ protection provided by the solarshield technology means you can get out there and enjoy the sun without the worry of needing to cover your lower half at least.
Thanks to the Craghoppers smart dry technology, the material is extremely quick drying too. So whether you get caught in a tropical storm, have to wade through a river or simply want to quickly wash them in your hostel sink and have them ready for the next day, they dry really quickly and don’t retain water much at all. A dip in a waterfall to cool down saw them completely dry again in less than half an hour. That coupled with the integral drying loops for hanging them out makes these trousers incredibly useful.
The Bear Grylls Survivor trousers are a worthy addition to the already impressive line up of clothing I use from Craghoppers already on all my trips, and I can guarantee that they will be an integral part of all my packing lists from now on. Being so versatile I can wear them for any hardcore adventure travel that is in my future, or simply wear them as a comfortable pair of trousers on a long flight or something casual and stylish when exploring a new city. They really are ideal for any situation and I cannot rate them highly enough.
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