From our list, pants like the Columbia Silver Ridge Convertible and Arc'teryx Lefroy excel in hot temperatures with their thin, breathable fabrics. As a result, our recommendations are pretty basic when it comes to materials.
The convertible version is their most popular model, but you can also pick up the Silver Ridge Cargo. Baggy fit and a bit heavy. The fit of the Renegades is a little baggy for our tastes, but those that like a relaxed cut should find them perfectly suitable.
We particularly like its low-profile styling that does a decent job of disguising the zippers. This may be overkill for those prefer to hike without being weighed down, but we appreciate the unobtrusive design nonetheless. Tough, mountain-ready build with great stretchiness. What sets this softshell pant apart is its fantastic stretchiness, durability, and weight. We wore it all day in the alpine for 9 days while hiking, setting up camp, filtering water, cooking, and lounging, and it came home looking like new.
For most 3-season backpacking trips, you can spend significantly less and be just as pleased with the performance. Stretchy and a great fit. Drawcord adjustment isn't as good as a belt. A quality climbing pant often makes for a wonderful hiking trouser, and the Patagonia Quandary is a great example of this. Patagonia checks off all the important boxes: More, the fabric is bluesign approved, which means the pants are sourced from and made with sustainable materials.
Both offer good stretch and a just-right athletic fit that pleases climbers and hikers alike, although we prefer the belt adjustment on the prAna's to the Quandry's drawcord. The Patagonia's 3-ounce weight savings and streamlined design may appeal to travelers and summer hikers, but we still prefer the more versatile Stretch Zion for most uses.
Premium build and breathability. Pricey for a lightweight hiking pant. You can use this pant for hiking and backpacking and it also makes a good option for travel. The company always seems to pay attention to the small details and the Lefroy is no exception.
However, these pants are considerably more expensive than other lightweight options like the OR Ferrosi and budget Columbia Silver Ridge. Very light and packable. Button fastener fell off early in our test. The impressively low 8. The pant also has one of the more customizable fit systems with an elasticized waistband, both a button and snap closure, and a removable belt.
Along with an athletic cut and articulated knees, the Terra Pack scores highly for trail comfort for those moving fast and light. The thin fabric makes the Terra Pack the lightest on our list, but also surprised us with its versatility.
The pant showed no signs of wear following an extended trek through rough terrain, and the DWR coating shed light rain and snow. This was a letdown as we appreciated the ability to taper the bottom hem and secure it above our boots. Very tough and durable. We have a hard time getting over the cotton in the G blend.
The Vidda Pro from Swedish company Fjallraven is a different breed. And at 21 ounces, the pant is heavier than any of the options above. But for certain outdoor uses—serious bushwacking in particular—the Vidda Pro can make a whole lot of the sense. This is by far the toughest hiking pant on this list with fully reinforced knees and butt. More, the thickness of the G fabric allows you to move through brush and slide over rocks without worrying about tears. You also get a decent amount of extra warmth and protection for downtimes and sitting around camp at night.
For waterproofing, Fjallraven recommends applying their environmentally-friendly beeswax for added protection. We like the concept but it lacks in practicality. Tough construction but breathable. Disappointing fit and less stretchy than our top picks. REI makes fantastic tents, but their clothing hasn't always been up to snuff compared to other outdoor gear brands. Enter the new Screeline Technical, which is durable and flexible in a similar way as the prAana Stretch Zion above although not quite as stretchy , making it a popular option for hiking and backpacking.
The reinforced Cordura panels in the knees and butt stand up to rough treatment, and the fabric breathes well and dries quickly on the go in the summer heat. Along with well-placed pockets and an integrated belt, the Screeline is nicely appointed for trail use. We were big fans of the original Screeline, but the updated Technical version feels like a step backward.
One of REI's old issues with apparel was fit, and it appears that this has cropped up again with this new model. The pant fits awkwardly small, and many people have had issues getting a comfortable fit even when sizing up. With strong competitors like the Ferrosi, Stretch Zion, and Quandary all at similar price points, this is enough to push the Screeline down our list.
But if the pant manages to fit you well, it offers a nice combination of toughness and ventilation. Super tough and water resistant. Heavy and overkill for most conditions. Without intending to open a new can of worms, certain types of cold weather hiking and bushwhacking beckons a more serious pant than the options above. This pant offers an impressive mix of protection from the elements and mobility: For hiking, the double-weave stretch fabric allows for much better range of movement and breathability than you get with a rain pant or hardshell.
Keep in mind that the Cirque is a specialty pant. The pant is water resistant but not waterproof for a true rain pant see the Marmot PreCip below , meaning that it will eventually soak through in sustained downpour.
And at over 20 ounces, it weighs roughly double most lightweight hiking pants on this list. But for fall, winter, and spring hiking in nasty or off-trail conditions, the Cirque can be your bomber hiking pant. It doubles well for snowshoeing and spring skiing. Lightweight and a good price. For hiking in hot weather, the Marmot Arch Rock offers impressive temperature regulation at a decent price. See the Men's Marmot Arch Rock.
Durable and includes a belt. Baggy fit and lower quality materials. Our biggest complaints center on fit. More, the excess fabric makes a noticeable swishing sound at each step that quickly becomes an annoyance.
If you prefer a generous fit or have an allegiance to The North Face, give the Paramount Trail a look. Otherwise, we prefer the options above. Can be too hot for summer use. A surprise inclusion on this list, the Columbia Royce Peak offer great cool and even cold weather performance at a very good price.
This budget softshell won us over with their excellent fit and stretch. A gusseted crotch and articulated knees that deliver excellent range of motion and comfort are notable features at this price point. A nice, low profile mesh pocket along the outer hem is both great for storage and can be unzipped to release hot air while hiking.
One feature missing on the Royce Peak, particularly for the style of pant, is a drawcord cinch along the bottom of the pant legs to better seal out the elements. The only waterproof pant on this list. Great for storms, but not breathable enough for all-day use. All of the pants above are traditional hiking designs or softshells in the case of the OR Cirque , but we wanted to include at least one true rain pant. The Marmot PreCip pants—from the same line as the popular rain jacket with the same name—can be worn over your hiking pants when the rain hits or even over a pair of long underwear if you expect it to continue all day.
With a waterproof NanoPro membrane and fully taped seams, these pants will keep you dry when the going gets tough unlike anything else on this list. But at less than 9 ounces, the PreCip is great to have in your pack on hiking days with mixed conditions. Just-right fit, features, and performance. More expensive than trail-running models.
Many tights you see on the trail are simply repurposed yoga or running models, but the Patagonia Pack Out is a hiking design through and through. First off, the tights works well with a backpack: It's stretchy and soft along the interior but won't get torn up while sitting on rocks or squeezing between branches. And the clincher for many is the Pack Out's functional organization: It also doesn't have the lounge-worthy, lightweight feel of those models, but it's not far off and more versatile overall.
And in winter-time, the Pack Out can pull double-duty as an insulating layer for snowshoeing or even skiing. This multi-sport appeal justifies the steep price tag for us and lands the Pack Out at the top of our list. See the Patagonia Pack Out Tights. Tough and well-thought-out tights for hiking. The North Face has a surprisingly large collection of outdoor-oriented tights, and our top pick for is the Progressor Hybrid. Additionally, The North Face added thicker panels on the thighs and seat to improve abrasion resistance.
The result is a first-rate hiking tight that can stand up to serious use and abuse on the trail. Alternatives include the Utility Hybrid, which is super durable and offers lots of storage with zippered front and side pockets.
Additionally, The North Face has the Winter Warm tights for the shoulder seasons and cold weather, along with its Perfect Core series for the gym and more casual use. But again, for one tight to wear both on the trail and around town, the Progressor Hybrid gets the nod. Excellent performance, build quality, and storage. Not quite as soft as a yoga pant. We love its breathability, which helps you stay comfortable in a range of temperatures.
A nice bonus with the Sunara is storage: See the Women's Arc'teryx Sunara Tight. Well made with lots of features. Perhaps a little too much storage. The first is the double pockets, which seem like a little too much storage for our taste.
Unavailable What we like: A hiking-specific model from one of the best in the business. Expensive and the zippered pockets aren't practical. Gap-owned Athleta is a yoga pant giant, and they've recently added the hiking-specific Headlands Hybrid to their expansive lineup. It's worth noting that the Headlands isn't a full-length design-falling just short of the ankles-but it should work nicely with most mid-height boots and low-top shoes.
What drops the Athleta Headlands Hybrid down our rankings is value. The fabric is durable and has a nice feel, but the zippered pockets are too small to be practical and not as well integrated into the design as the Patagonia's above. Those looking for a lot of storage may want to consider Athleta's Headlands Hybrid Cargo, which adjusts the pocket layout to allow for 6 total pockets 4 of them zippered. See the Athleta Headlands Hybrid. A nice option for those who like compression; good styling.
Not as hiking-centric as other options on this list. The key feature is compression: And the lower half of the Hawkeye is less supportive but more breathable to help keep you cool. All in all, we like the compression concept used here, and particularly if you plan on using the tights both for hiking and running. The cargos for men feature structured styles tailored for a slimming and comfortable fit. Available in rich solids such as olive tone, vibrant blue, classic black, and more, find the perfect pair for any casual or dressy occasion.
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