Moleskin – it’s not made from moles…

No moles were harmed during the making of our trousers – moleskin does not COME from moles, it just feels like a mole’s skin.

Moleskin is a tough heavy fabric made from densely woven cotton, initially looped, then sheared which creates a short soft pile on the upper side. It looks and feels a bit like chammy and some sorts of velvet, but is actually far tougher than either.

Moleskin has been used in trouser making for many years, and is popular for hunting, building work, countryside use due to it’s ability to shrug off damage, keep clean, be “quiet” in use, as well as being breathable, and comfortable even when wet.

Certified ”Oko-Tex Standard 100” cotton from a famous German mill.

All British made Corozo buttons. No plastic here!

Heavy cotton reinforced pockets resist daily wear.

Includes “Coiner’s Pocket” (front left) which securely holds your loose change or secret stuff and subtle left thigh multi-tool pocket.

Reinforced and double bar tacked outer side seams.

Bar tacked belt loops are sewn into the waistband for strength, and are big enough for a proper 1.5″ wide belt.

Washable patch with GVNR logo.

Button fly because a man should be able to take his time and buttons never jam.

Mindful moleskin I have two pairs of moleskins and they are my go to jeans for autumn/winter, perfect for post open water swim or a soggy bike ride, just so warm and hard wearing. But I found something more recently. I was in a medical appointment, and to help my racing mind, I found the touch of the moleskin calming, focusing on the feel really made me remain present and calm. It just another added benefit to already awesome jean.

“HebTroCo originally started with moleskin trousers & this wonder fabric continues to be a key part of our range. It’s warm, soft, looks great and wears well.”

Developed in industrial days moleskin was used as an alternative to woollen cloth for making jackets and trousers. It was chosen for its warmth and hard wearing qualities. Later it was adopted by country people for its ability to resist thorns as well as the cold wind.

Warm and wind resistant. Our moleskin garments are ideal for autumn, winter and early spring wear. They’re durable and tough, and ideal for outdoor use whatever the weather.


Moleskins are 100% cotton. These natural fibres need care to keep them looking good. Wash at 30ºC with non biological detergent, no softener, no tumble drying, air/line dry.

Don’t just stick them in the washing machine with everything. For best results drip dry, SLOW spin, and definitely don’t tumble dry.

Will my moleskin trousers shrink?

Moleskin trousers will shrink up to half an inch in leg length only on first wash. They will give a little with wear, tightening and giving again with subsequent washes.

Sizing Guide

Any questions at all please email us and we’ll do our best to guide you.

  • CM
SIZE 30 32 34 36 38 40 42
1/2 Waist (A) 15.6 16.5 17.5 18.5 19.5 20.5 21.5
Inside Leg (B) As per your selection
Leg Opening (C) 7.6 7.7 7.8 7.9 8.0 8.1 8.3
SIZE 30 32 34 36 38 40 42
1/2 Waist (A) 39.5 42 44.5 47 49.5 52 54.5
Inside Leg (B) As per your selection
Leg Opening (C) 19.2 19.5 19.8 20.1 20.4 20.7 21

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  1. Coups

    Been following Hebtroco from infancy, and its been too long before I’ve finally managed to get my hands on these. These were the trousers I initially wanted years back, and finally the better half pulled the trigger and here I am.
    Absolutely perfect, unbelievably warm and perfect for those winter outings including dog walks, watching sport and drinking.
    Now out of stock but gotta prey they bring these back as another colourway would be bagged
    Cheers fellas

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  2. Simon (verified owner)

    I’ve had moleskin trousers before, but these are far superior. Excellent quality, the material feels great, and they’re really well made. I have quite muscular legs, so these are a close fit, without feeling too tight, or restrictive. Looking forward to some cooler weather, as these are very warm.

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  3. Mac (verified owner)

    Bloody hell, they’re good. I can’t stop stroking mine.

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  4. DarrenR (verified owner)

    Bringing the moleskin back to Germany.
    Got a work trip, it’s cold and my grey moley’s are a bit tired.
    Cue excellent customer service to get these altered and with me before I left for the fatherland. Here I am, it’s cold, I’m not.
    They’re the dog’s but he’s not getting them back.

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  5. Adam Wilson (verified owner)

    Having been so pleased with my GVNR jeans I decided to get a pair of moleskin trousers in the same cut. Very comfortable, a delight to wear.

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  6. Anthony Acres (verified owner)

    I have had a pair in navy for some time and am very happy with them. The grey version finally came in stock and I ordered a pair. Ordered on a Sunday and they arrived on the Tuesday, absolutely worth the wait. Same great fit and superb quality. I have two pairs of moleskin trousers from a certain Australian manufacturer that I bought almost thirty years ago and are still going strong, so that’s the target to beat, reckon we have just met the new GVNR’s.

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  7. visitinaccessibleisland (verified owner)

    I delayed buying from hebtroco for years because of the usual inertia that stops you trying a new online retailer – will it fit and is it good value? Eventually I got fed up of participating in the race to the bottom for quality elsewhere and finally bought.

    They fit true to size, and the quality is excellent. That’s all you really need to know. I am entirely satisfied.

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  8. Gavin Sweeney (verified owner)

    These get a five star rating in the winter but I had to buy something else as things warmed up a bit. They are really comfy and very warm. Not for summer wear!

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  9. Richard Gregory (verified owner)

    Comfy and a fantastic fit. Between these and my 177 selvedge jeans I’m sorted for the colder months. All my other jeans have gone to the charity shop. Great stuff, and got to give credit for the excellent exchange / returns service too. Nice one chaps.

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  10. Martin Ward (verified owner)

    Made in Uk Well made, good quality material Keep my little legs warm and toastie
    Good fit too

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  11. timroyle

    Mindful moleskin
    I have two pairs of moleskins and they are my go to jeans for autumn/winter, perfect for post open water swim or a soggy bike ride, just so warm and hard wearing. But I found something more recently. I was in a medical appointment, and to help my racing mind, I found the touch of the moleskin calming, focusing on the feel really made me remain present and calm. It just another added benefit to already awesome jean.

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  12. Charles Cope (verified owner)

    Received my GVNR moleskin trousers last week, they are extremely well made, super comfy and great fit. Proper clobber.

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  13. Ian Walford

    I’d say that you’ve stolen my dogs boll*cks to make these because they are awesome

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  14. Richard Crook (verified owner)

    Superb, seriously heavyweight moleskin trousers, you won’t find better! excellent material and very well made. These will last and last under harsh conditions and use. I will definately buy again and highly recommend them.

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  15. Gary Homan (verified owner)

    Received my pair today, obviously cant rate them for longevity just yet…

    However they’re a very good fit, comfortable and looking forward to using these on a long walk in the Lake District or Yorkshire Dales.

    Impressive quality that looks like they will last a lifetime. They’re heavyweight and the grey I ordered is a lovely subtle colour.

    Lovely personable letter inside the package with a cool looking beer mat! Its those touches which has made me buy a pair of selvedge jeans too!

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  16. philip (verified owner)

    My moleskins have taken everything I’ve thrown at them – crossing Erringden moor in the winter, scrambling around Hell Hole rocks on a Friday night, Saturday shopping in Halifax – and they just take it. I’ll never need to buy more at this rate.
    FFS guys, you’re never going to succeed in business this way 🙂

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  17. David Lingard (verified owner)

    Deep joy! My order for a pair of GVNR moleskin trousers arrived in Switzerland today. I am chuffed to bits with the fabric and the fit. Deep joy because at last I have found a company that makes trousers that are comfortable as soon as you put them on. I am fed up having to buy trousers that have too low a waistline and being told that,“ it’s the fashion“. I’ll definitely be back.
    P.S. In the 70’s and 80’s I used to buy trousers and breeches made from sueded moleskin and made by a company in Yorkshire, but then they closed down. Any connection?

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  18. philip (verified owner)

    Actually brilliant, and not just because brant says so. And now I’m off to buy yet another pair just because…

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  19. Sabina Welch (verified owner)

    Perfect fit and great quality. Can’t ask for anything else. Will be back for more in the future

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  20. Mr Denimhead (verified owner)

    Thick, chunky, extremely well built, very comfortable, very smart and tailored, maniacal attention to detail, great value for money, equally beautiful inside (just like Steve Jobs wanted his products to be)….the adjectives are endless, but I’ll stop here. Just get them.

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  21. Wayne Heseltine

    Absolute quality great fit and feel, so comfy. Friendly and professional guys. Keep wanting more.

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  22. timroyle

    I spend 80% of my working life outside, and in Winter it gets cold. I have three pairs of moleskins on rotation from October to March, they are so warm, well made and robust. Two of the pairs are three years old and still going strong, plenty of legs left in them yet.

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  23. richard.bonnici (verified owner)

    Well fitting, quality heavy weight moleskin trousers. Love em so much I have 4 pairs.

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