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We put one of Prana's classic designs - the Bronson pants - to the test on the road and on the trail
prana bronson
Best for...
Less for the 'active' and more for the 'travel' side of active travel
Overall Score
Impressively rugged, and supremely comfortable

The Bronson pants have been an ever-present in Prana's line up for so long we thought we should check out what the fuss is about. Aimed more at lifestyle than any strenuous activity, they still promise outdoor capability, with a couple of features essential for active travel.

First off, they're rugged. Initial impressions are of workwear-level durability, which is perfect for withstanding the rigours of travel and everyday outdoor life. The fabric is 98% organic cotton canvas and the seams are triple-stitched to complete the designed-to-last package.

The other 2% of the fabric is Spandex, which allows a little stretch in the material and gives two important benefits; first off, they will move as you do, which seems a little strange in a pair of trousers that otherwise feel like jeans. Secondly, they're really comfy when you're confined to a cramped seat on a long bus journey!

The freedom to move is enhanced by a gusseted crotch, a feature borrowed from Prana's more climbing/bouldering focussed legwear, and one which increases comfort on the move.

The Bronson pants are available in several lengths and earthy colours, the latter making them ideal for the smart/casual side of travel, and they look great paired with boots.

For everyday use, versatile travel wear and the occasional casual bouldering session, the value is self-evident; the price of a bog-standard pair of jeans, with so much more utility.

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