What our customers say about this product:
I use these superb trousers for country walks, rough shooting, wildlife-watching and gardening, usually, with the trouser-leg bottoms tucked military-style above high-leg boots.
The 503s are made from 100% cotton German military moleskin a durable, utilitarian material made from very fine, tightly woven rows of thread. It feels similar to strong denim, rather than the soft moleskin of conventional country trousers. Whilst the nylon Cordura of the front over-panels isn't waterproof, it is water resistant and provides some protection from rain showers and wet undergrowth (and helps to thwart brambles, nettles and thorns etc). As such, unless the weather is particularly bad, the 503s provide a more comfortable and breathable alternative to over-trousers or leggings.
Colour-wise, the moleskin is a green-grey-brown (it appears to change in different light), and it contrasts subtly with the olive brown-green of the Cordura. These shades blend in very well in typical UK countryside. Expect a mild fading of the moleskin in the first wash, and a slight shrinkage (quarter to half an inch off the waist); but don't be concerned because sizing is generous, and besides, the elastic around the rear waistband will adjust to you. The trousers can be washed at 60degC, but should not be tumble-dried. The six belt loops easily take belts of widths up to 1 and three quarter inches. The hip pocket linings are curved at the front and vertical at the back, great for preventing items such as coins from falling out when you're seated. However, these two pockets are rather shallow, six inches at best.
Overall, I'm delighted with my 503s. They're warm (but not sweaty), comfortable, hard wearing and a good fit. And, at about a third the price of equivalent trousers from many leading country sports brands, they represent excellent value for money. Highly recommended. - Submitted by J. Forrester