The Fjallraven Vidda Pro Trousers are undoubtedly the most unique pair of hiking pants featured in this review. Constructed with G-1000 fabric, a blend of 65% polyester and 35% cotton, they embrace a design ethos that has long ago fallen out of favor in the outdoor clothing world — the use of cotton. However, they combat the highly absorptive qualities of this fabric by using an old-school, throwback technique to add customizable water resistance — impregnating the pants with wax. Before the proliferation of synthetic materials and chemical DWR coatings, rubbing or melting wax into clothing was a standard means of repelling water, a tactic that Fjallraven never moved away from.
Although perhaps a bit quirky for today's user, there are many advantages to this system, including the ability to easily customize the performance of your outerwear and a significant boost in durability that the wax adds. Although initially skeptical, we came to respect and enjoy this do-it-yourself system, as it allowed us to forge a closer relationship with the clothes we were wearing — and it works! The pants, on the other hand, proved to be a bit of a mixed bag, with some laudable features as well as obvious drawbacks compared to their modern competition.