The Norrøna Falketind Flex1 Pants are a lightweight & breathable softshell trouser (the lightest in the Norrøna range) aimed towards high-intensity outdoor activities. Over the last few months, we’ve been testing the Flex1 Pants in a variety of situations – from climbing in the heat of Spain, to the sideways drizzle and sleet of Snowdon to see how they performed.
Comfort & Fit
As with the other Norrøna products we have tested, the comfort and fit of the Flex1 pants is excellent. The waist loop and velcro means you can adjust the pants to fit you precisely, this method also has the benefit of not requiring a belt (one less thing to faff around with). The Flex1 fabric is soft against the skin, and the Flex1 pants did not chafe or rub in any area.
The Flex1 fabric feels tough, and it is. It stood up to a good deal of abuse on the sharp rock of El Chorro without any rips or tares. Being a lightweight fabric, there will be limitations to this (no crampon reinforcement etc.) but overall we were pleased with the durability performance.
Breathability & Wind Resistance
The Flex1 fabric breathes quite well, on the hottest of days we were left wondering why we didn’t bring shorts, but active use in cool to moderate climates suited the pants very well. When the heavy gusts came rolling in on Snowdon, the Flex1 pants performed well – keeping the majority of the chill out all whilst retaining the good breathability qualities.
The Flex1 pants feature a DWR coating that did briefly hold off a shower or two, however after a few minutes of sideways drizzle the Flex1 pants became saturated. The pants are not designed or advertised to be water proof, so we cannot fault them too severely here – however it’s worth bearing in mind that water resistance was limited.
When climbing, the mobility of the Flex1 pants was excellent. The 4 way stretch in the fabric provides a fantastic range of movement in all directions without restriction of resistance. This, combined with the comfit and fit, made for great cragging pants in cooler conditions.
The Flex1 pants are littered with features including: One cargo pocket (on the leg, with a small mesh pocket inside), Norrøna’s custom-fit waist system, articulated knees, reinforced inside ankle points, a reinforced seat, an integrated gaiter hook and snap tightening around ankles. The zip pockets are well positioned and deep (with a good zipper action!) and the double button fly and zipper makes for a very secure fastening system (if a little tricky to undo when wearing a harness).
The Falketind Flex1 pants are excellent multi-use pants for cool climates, we found the 4-way stretch lended itself towards climbing whilst the fit and build quality gave good value for money with a product that’s clearly built to last.