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Last year we were in need to find new hiking pants for our trips so we were looking for pants which would be suitable to wear in the mountains but also while packrafting. We were talking to a Lundhags representative, and he provided us with the Lundhags Makke pants for testing.
Did you know that the name Makke derives from a mountain in Jämtland in Sweden called Makkene? The name should probably reflect the environment where the Makke pant can be worn.
Konstantin was wearing the Makke pant this year on his trips in France, Finland, Poland, Japan, Russia, and Sweden while Patrick was wearing the Makke Pant on the Swedish Packrafting Gathering, on smaller trips around Turku, and on a trip in Finnish Lapland and in Northern Norway.
The Makke Pant works especially well when you are in the mountains since they make it of a stretch fabric. Moving up and down felt more comfortable to me than with pants having no stretch fabric. However, since the hems of the trouser legs are fortified with Schoeller Keprotec they are also suitable for walking in low undergrowth and are not afraid of scratching against stones.
What we also liked where the lower side zippers of the pants. They are useful if you have to put on hiking boots with a higher shaft of if you want to roll them up if you have to cross a river. Moreover, the lower zippers are two-sided so you can always unzip it a bit from the top to let more air in.
The Makke pant has also zippers on the leg and hand pockets, pre-shaped knees, hem adjustment, and a boot hook and weights 436 grams which I found a good weight for such fully-featured pants. One advantage is that you don’t need any belt since the Makke pant comes with an adjustment strap at the waistband.
The Makke Pant also comes with Schoeller Keprotec which should increase the durability of the pants. Finally, a nice feature is also that there is another pocket within the leg pockets that offers enough space for an iPhone and a Thule phone case.
So what is the Lundhags Makke Pant made of? The pants consists of LPC (Lundhags PolyCotton) stretch – 65% Polyester and 35% Cotton (FC Free DWR) 181 g/m². The stretch fabric is made by Schoeller Dry Skin which consists of 52% Polyamid, 41% Polyamid (micro) and 7% Elastane. The reinforcements are made of Schoeller Keprotec which are PFOA/PFOS free.
The Lundhags Makke are our favorite pants. We like that they are stretchy and that they also dry reasonably fast since they are not made solely of cotton. The vent zippers on the inner thighs are great and the zippers on the pockets will make sure you don’t lose anything stored in your pockets. Those pants also work well if you are planning to wear them with shell boots.