I've been testing a pair of men's Maier Sports Nil Pants on a hiking trip to Knoydart in north west Scotland and discovered that I really rate these excellent pants.
The trip involved 3 days in the mountains south and west of Loch Quoich at the end of May / early June, followed by a couple of days up at Shieldaig near Torridon bouldering and visiting the pub, a truly spectacular place to test these pants. I will write a more detailed trip report later, but for now I want to review the Nil pants and how they held up to the changeable Scottish conditions.
These pants come in a huge number of sizes (I'll give you the Maier Sports size charts at the bottom of this blog for both men and women). To be precise there are 32 for men and 25 for women, in 3 different leg lengths mixed with much more than the usual small, medium, large and extra large waist sizes. The result is there really is going to be a great fit for pretty much anyone. I know Maier Sports take great pride in this and they're right to. I found my pair fitted perfectly both for walking and scrambling where you don't want any part digging in to you whilst squatting or reaching for foot holds. These would in fact make great climbing pants, especially when you consider the roll up feature. The legs roll up with a securing button midway between the knee and ankle turning these into 3/4 length pants. This provides protection from scraping your knees, yet keep the foot area clear of any potential trip points. This also prevents the bottom of the pant getting a bit tatty.
Needless to say the Maier Sports Nil Pant had to put up with quite the variety of weather. Although in heavy rain the pant did get completely soaked through, they dried incredibly quickly, even when torrential downpour only turned into lighter rain. Although I knew to expect this I was still surprised, testimony to the water repellent properties of the dryprotec mesh. These aren't an out an out water proof pant, so I wouldn't recommend to wear them during wet winter days, but for Summer in Scotland they're ideal. The Maier Sports Nil Pant would also do well in tropical climates, wicking out sweat, as well as drying quickly after heavy jungle downpours.
There are 4 pockets on these pants, 2 side, 1 thigh and 1 back pocket, all with quality zips and linings. The thigh and back pocket in particular are a good size though I would recommend keeping the zips of the side pockets done up to stop anything falling out.
All in all I'm thoroughly impressed with the Maier Sports Nil Pant, especially for the price. Comfortable, practical and great value for money. What more could you ask for in a pant?
Cheers for now and thanks for reading this review.
Maier Sports Size Guide Men
Maier Sports Size Guide Women