By Jacquie Budd // Around 10 years ago, Prana produced a women’s trouser called the Borego. I loved those trousers (so much that I bought 4 pairs over time) and every person I came across wearing them raved about how fantastic they were. It was a sad day when Prana stopped manufacturing the Borego’s and I’ve spent years looking for something to rival them. Enter the Prana Halle trousers.
It has to be said that the Halle’s are a completely different animal to the Borego’s but I think I could come to love them just as much.
The minute I tried a pair on in the shop, they screamed “buy me, buy me” so even the slightly higher price tag (£63) paled into the background.
It was a good decision! Within 2 hours of owning the Halle’s the tent was pitched and I was wearing them for a spot of evening bouldering. I don’t think I took them off all weekend and they were equally fantastic for kicking back on the campsite, a hot walk up to the crag, multi-pitch climbing and walking in the fells.
The Halle’s have a slight stretch and articulated knees which makes movement when climbing really comfortable. They also have a little water repellancy which means they are great in the UK drizzle (wicking and quick drying). Other features include a hidden zip pocket on the leg (which is perfect for lipsalve), a relaxed fit and mid rise.
I can be quite fussy where my clothing fit is concerned and being a size 12 short person (5’2″) I often struggle with sizing. However, the Halle’s come in different leg lengths, meaning the length is perfect and the roll-up leg feature is spot on (ie. it rolls up to just below my knee and not to my ankle!).
If I had to find fault with the Halle’s, it would be the slightly higher price tag (but having worn them, I now appreciate the technical features) plus the “wash cold” instructions meaning that I can’t throw them in the wash with all my other outdoor gear – and I love these trousers so much that I’m not prepared to experiment with a warmer wash!
In my opinion, Prana have created in the Halle’s a well made technical trouser which has a good cut to fit the average sized woman. Maybe I can now throw out those old threadbare Borego’s!