It was a gift by my high school friend Lorena, before my first Mt. Apo trip. I remember that we bought it in a sporting goods shop in Robinsons Manila. The cost was around 900 pesos. That was way back in 2005! Yet I kept using it, and somehow, it kept working.
I like the thick but lightweight garment which works perfectly well in our tropical conditions, able to withstand thorns, sharp rocks, and many other “friends” in the jungles. The fit is also nice, it hugs my legs and feet well enough — unlike later models which seem to more on the loose side.
As for the durability, let the pictures speak for themselves: I have used this trekking pants for Mantalingajan, Kanlaon, Guiting-Guiting, Dulang-Dulang, Kitanglad, Apo, Sicapoo, Kinabalu, Iglit, and so many others. Six years has passed since I started using it, and it will likely continue to appear in my blog posts well into the future.