I have been very lucky to have been sent a pair of RevolutionRace women’s Friluftsbyxor GPx pants. So who are RevolutionRace and what are Friluftsbyxor? RevolutionRace design urban outdoor clothing for ladies and men. It is a Swedish company. Their goal is to produce clothing that fits well, and can survive adventures in the wilderness (there is a lot of that here!), as well as be suitable for travelling around in the towns. They “use durable lightweight materials in our outdoor garments to withstand all weather conditions. The more you wear them, the better they get”. Well that sounded like a little challenge to me, to put them through their paces 🙂 Frilufts translates from Swedish as “free air”, but means “outdoors”. And friluftsliv here (outdoor activities) is a very important concept. It means getting out into nature and connecting with it, and enjoying the great outdoors….we do this in our “fritid”….free time. So, you can see how the concept of these friluftsbyxor fit into our lifestyle extremely well already. I could put them through their paces in our normal everyday life.
What Are Friluftsbyxor GPx?
These are defined by RevolutionRace as a multi functional hybrid stretch trouser (the black parts of this pair are stretchy). They are reinforced in places for extra protection and life (knees, backside, and lower legs). They are made to be suitable for a broad range of outdoor activities, and the reinforced parts are also wind and water resistant. The stretchy parts add both a further level of comfort and manoeuvrability, as well as some ventilation.
I decided there was no time like the present (she thought having just opened the packet!), quickly changed, and put them on for our adventure for that afternoon. This involved climbing trees, hiking a little, and making a fire pit supper. So how did I get on?
Pros of the Friluftsbyxor GPx Pants:
- They fitted so well!! I have a huge issue with trousers (my behind is on the larger side, compared to a very tiny waist, so usually to be able to pull trousers up, I have to have a baggy saggy waist on them). These trousers have the simple concept of a substantial elasticated rear part to the waist. So for people like me they fit everywhere…..well nearly, but you’ll find out about that further along.
- The colours are so funky. A lot of outdoor clothing can be dull and dreary looking, but these come in a selection of colours that are guaranteed to brighten up your day, and leave you feeling fantastic, although you’ve dressed to spend the day in the freezing muddy Swedish wilderness 🙂 The men’s colour selection is just as great too.
- They were so comfortable to wear. I was climbing in and out of a large tree, running over rough terrain after the children, and getting up and down lighting a fire and cooking on it. I could move so freely in them. The damp parts from kneeling on the ground also dried quite fast, and the biting Swedish winter sea breeze wasn’t allowed to turn my legs to ice blocks, despite not wearing my usual over trousers.
- There are lots of pockets…I love this. Once we are out in the great outdoors doing something like lighting a fire and cooking, we seem to always need everything all of the time. I was shovelling things into the pockets as I was using them for quick easy access at a later moment. They were very handy and practical pockets.
- The adjustable Velcro, teamed up with the elastic around the ankles, made for a cosy snug fit over the boots I was wearing. This was good as then they didn’t ride up exposing skin to the elements. I can also see this being fantastic in the other three seasons as a tick defence mechanism!
- I wasn’t worried that the trousers wouldn’t be able to cope with all the scrabbling around as they have reinforced stitching.
Whilst I was happy they performed well in those dryer, if not a little damp conditions, I also know I can wax or treat them (as stated by the company), for a higher level of protection from the elements.
Cons of the Friluftsbyxor GPx Pants:
It wouldn’t be a balanced review if I left out any bad points, however, I did struggle to find any!
- The length was too long for me….however, at 158cm this is a very common problem for me, and was offset by the adjustable ankles. I could tighten them up around my boots and my trousers weren’t trailing like they usually do.
- They do fade….now this is actually part of the garments marketing, but I know some people may not like that. The garment is made to fade with washing for a “perfect authentic worn look”.
I would definitely recommend these trousers as part of your outdoor lifestyle. They are so versatile, comfortable, and hard wearing. I know a Dadda who is coveting them……but maybe in the male version and not purple camo!!!! Do you think these would compliment your outdoor lifestyle? Comment below and let me know your thoughts, and don’t forget to share to let others know!
*We were sent the clothing from RevolutionRace for free, to put through their paces and test, in exchange for writing the review. All opinions are honest and my own*