To start I will be going with the pair I got first and those were the Kühl STEALTH hiking pants.
The cost of the pants were R1400 or close to 90€. They were made from a light material and had zip off legs just above the knee.
The Quechua pants cost R300 or about 19€ and had the zip off legs at the same place as the Kuhl pants, just above the knee.
The material used in the Quechua pants was much thinner than the Kuhl pants and this was great for summer but shit for winter which meant buying another pair for winter hiking.
The Kuhl pants had a lots of pockets and I found this nice but having the back pockets although for every day was great, for hiking made it uncomfortable to do long distances with anything in them and after a while of sweating the pockets ended up causing more problems than they solved, on the other hand, the Quechua pants had only three pockets and they were not very big. Great for hiking but pretty useless when it came to carrying anything.
What I like about the Kuhl pants is that the zipper stays with the piece that you take off. This means you don’t have that little metal ball rubbing on your leg. The Quechua pants end up rubbing your legs in all the wrong places.
The life expectancy is not bad when it comes to the kühl pants as I have done almost 2 years and many Kms in mine and with a little seam coming loose only recently I felt that they really stuck it out. I will be fixing them and going forward with them into their 3rd year of hiking. Their loose fit and the ability to wear them all years round by simply slipping thermals underneath makes them a ‘one pant does all’.
The Quechua pants, on the other hand, has taken some beating in the 3 months that I have been using them. With the fit being much tighter and having more elasticity. It has lead to the appearance of the little Cotten balls from chafing between the legs and scratching of the zipper I will be laying them to rest until I have a less demanding job that may require them.
The conclusion is that you pay for what you get.
The Kühl STEALTH pants live up to their name and their cost and are recommended for those who are going down a road that needs strength and multi purpose clothing.
The Quechua pants are not terrible but serve more for sporting pants in the periods where the mornings are fresh and the days are hot. Ideal for instructors and trainers.