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Alpkit Parallax waterproof trousers review

Reasonably priced with respectable performance

Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
GBP £80.00 RRP | USD $100.00 | EUR €90.00 | AUD $147.00
Alpkit Parallax Men's waterproof trousers

Our review

Although they’re lightweight and packable, the Parallax trousers aren’t as weather-resistant as I'd hoped
Pros: Didn’t soak through while riding; light and packable
Cons: Wetted out, causing them to feel damp and clammy; baggy calves flapped in the wind; lack of features
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Alpkit’s Parallax Men’s waterproof trousers have been designed for active comfort without being too baggy, and are made from a 2.5-layer fabric that’s claimed to be breathable and lightweight.

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Although they’re not mountain bike-specific trousers, they are suited to most outdoor activities – cycling and MTB included.

Alpkit Parallax waterproof trousers details

The Parallax’s 2.5-layer material touts a 20k MVTR (moisture vapour transmission rate), which means they should provide good levels of breathability when active, and a 2ok hydrostatic head waterproof rating (which should handle heavy downpours). Its seams are taped, too.

There’s an elasticated waist and a pull-cord to adjust fit. The knee-high, one-way, water-resistant zips on both legs mean the trousers can be put on over shoes and the ankle cuffs can be adjusted using Velcro-backed cuffs.

They’ve got an articulated fit for comfort when active and can be packed away into the supplied carry bag.

My size small test sample weighed 182g. The trousers are also available in a women’s cut.

Alpkit Parallax waterproof trousers performance

My 73kg, 178cm frame best fitted the small size. Although the legs were a little short in length, the waist was the perfect fit and tight enough to stop them from falling down once they were wet and covered in mud.

The general fit of the small is fairly baggy – despite Alpkit’s claims – especially around the calves where the bagginess caused them to flap in the wind when descending.

Alpkit Parallax Men's waterproof trousers
The elasticated pull-cord makes adjusting the waist easy.
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Adjusting the cuffs’ fit with the Velcro bands didn’t reduce their volume, and I would prefer the cuffs to be pre-shaped with elasticated openings to keep them tight. Although the zips did made getting them on and off with my shoes on easy.

From the knee upwards, the fit was much tighter. Around the knee the trousers did pull tight when pedalling seated, but the small amount of stretch in the fabric meant the pads didn’t pull them down and neither did the pads fall down.

Alpkit Parallax Men's waterproof trousers
The Parallax trousers have minimalistic looks.
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The Parallax trousers dealt with sweat well, and the insides only got wet and felt too warm once I was slogging up steep and slow climbs. But when they did get wet and sticky, the material still felt comfortable against my skin, which helped me ride for longer.

Unfortunately, the 2.5-layer material wetted out – where the outside layer gets soaked through, making them feel damp and clammy on the inside, but not actually soaked all the way through – after 20 minutes of very wet riding, especially on the backside where it was in contact with the saddle and where the material was stretched over my thighs.

This was disappointing and suggests the DWR treatment struggled with the abrasion and rubbing of being worn on a bike.

Although the material didn’t completely wet through to the inside of the trousers during any of my test rides, washing them down with a hose while wearing them at the end of a ride did cause the seams to leak.

On Alpkit’s quest to save weight, the Parallax has no pockets, but they are very packable and having a stash bag is handy if weather conditions are changeable.

Alpkit Parallax waterproof trousers bottom line

Alpkit Parallax Men's waterproof trousers
Their fit is fairly relaxed, especially around the calves.
Ian Linton / Immediate Media

Although the Parallax kept me relatively dry, they did wet-out fairly quickly, had a baggy cut on the thighs and cost nearly £80, so weren’t as good as I was hoping.

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If you’re after a solid do-it-all pair of light and packable waterproofs that you can use for a variety of outdoor activities, such as hiking and biking, then they’re worth considering.

How we tested

We pitted six winter trousers against each other in some of the grottiest conditions to find out which one we think is worth your time and money.

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Product Specifications

Product

Price AUD $147.00EUR €90.00GBP £80.00USD $100.00
Weight 182g (S)
Brand Alpkit

Features

Features Sizes: S, M, L, XL
Material: 2.5 layer 100% nylon with PU membrane
Gender Men's