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(HighAltitude) - F
Hiking pants on 09/01/2009 18:42:49 MDT Print View

I never take pants when I go out. I use nylon running shorts. If it gets chilly or windy I put wind pants over them. If it gets colder then a lightweight capilene over the running shorts with the wind pants over that. Silnylon skirt for rain.

I have decided to get a couple pair of pants to take with me on some travels. I don't need the kind that zip out to shorts.

Since I have never used any type of hiking pants I don't know where to start.

Something synthetic/quick drying and light weight would work.

What kind of hiking pants do you guys like to use?

Jolly Green Giant
(regultr) - MLife

Re: Hiking pants on 09/01/2009 18:49:54 MDT Print View

A lot of folks, including me, swear by GoLite and Rail Riders...

Lapsley Hope
Best pants for hiking I've found thus far on 09/01/2009 18:56:42 MDT Print View

Rail Riders for sure.

(HighAltitude) - F
rail riders on 09/01/2009 19:01:50 MDT Print View

any particular style of railriders? It looks like they have many different pants to choose from.

Daniel Benthal

Locale: Mid-Coast Maine
Railriders on 09/01/2009 19:10:40 MDT Print View

Railriders Weatherpants are my favorite.


James Lantz
(jameslantz) - F

Locale: North Georgia
Hiking Pants on 09/01/2009 20:58:27 MDT Print View

I personally like the Mountain Hardware Mesa convertible nylon pant. The waistband is particularly comfortable being very smooth, seamless, & absorbant chamois. That is very important if you use a pack with a hip belt. The Mesa normally costs $75 but has recently been on sale for less at REI.

Mark Verber
(verber) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Hiking pants on 09/01/2009 21:32:29 MDT Print View

Lots of good choices. As others have pointed out, Mountain Hardware and Railriders are good. Most of outdoor clothing companies make decent nylon hikers. I would also suggest REI store brand, ex officio, patagonia. There are also a number of light weight softshells such the Acme pants from REI, Peak pants from Cloudveil, and the lighter pants from beyondfleece. I historically looked for good fit, light weight, quick dry, pockets in the configuration I like. Recently I learned to pay more attention to the ankle wholes. Some have zippers for easy on and off. Others have dragstrings to close the pants up. I found that sometimes these extras end up rubbing me the wrong way if I sleep in the pants.


Adrian B
(adrianb) - MLife

Locale: Auckland, New Zealand
Re: Hiking pants on 09/01/2009 22:11:23 MDT Print View

I only hike in rain pants or shorts, but I own some Prana (Stretch Zion) and Patagonia (Rock Guide) synthetic pants which are nice and not too geeky looking. I also have some Cloudveil Inertia Peak pants which I find too heavy and hot.


Edited by adrianb on 09/01/2009 22:12:08 MDT.

Hendrik Morkel
(skullmonkey) - MLife

Locale: Finland
Fjällräven on 09/02/2009 00:41:56 MDT Print View

I hike in Fjällräven Greenland trouser summer as winter. Very durable material, that G-1000, keeps Mosquitos and other insects out, is waterproof and if the get soaked they dry extremely fast. Windproof as well. Weight is 551 g in size 48, so not really UL but for Scandinavian conditions the perfect pants.

Peter Rattenbury
(MountainMule) - F

Locale: Australia
Re: Re: Hiking pants on 09/02/2009 03:39:49 MDT Print View

From an expat Kiwi.... G'day Adrian. I have been lurking on BPL for a while and you seem to be the only other denizen from Godzone on here.
Have you tried out the Swazi gear? I like the look of their shorts, but most of their stuff is way to heavy for UL use. But fantastic for farming/hunting etc.

Adrian B
(adrianb) - MLife

Locale: Auckland, New Zealand
NZ gear companies on 09/02/2009 04:26:19 MDT Print View

Howdy Peter.. good to hear from another kiwi, there are 2 or 3 other regular posters here as well. And no doubt some other lurkers. Have been online a bit more recently with a lull for winter and a patch of shoddy weather... but this weekend is shaping up to be a good one for a spring comeback !

I've never actually laid hands on any Swazi gear, but have glanced through their catalogs. As you say it tends to be very heavy, by any standard let alone UL. Also quite expensive! But no doubt bulletproof.

Thomas Burns
(nerdboy52) - MLife

Locale: "Alas, poor Yogi.I knew him well."
Railrider Weatherpants . . . on 09/02/2009 04:36:41 MDT Print View

are superb. They're lightweight (relatively, speaking), tough as nails with reinforcements in just the right places,, and have velcro closures at the bottom.

Here in Ohio, we have two kinds of weather: hot with ticks and cold without ticks. In either case, long pants are a must, and Weatherpants serve both needs well.


Thomas Gauperaa
(gauperaa) - F

Locale: Norway
Re: Fjällräven on 09/02/2009 05:00:09 MDT Print View

Hendrik: Cool, I will have to check those out. I've been using Lundhags Traverse pants ( this summer, but I didn't find them (or expect them to) to be able to withstand pouring rain. They're only water-repellent as long as the nikwax cotton proof impregnation lasts. Seems to be similiar combination of polyester and cottong on the two, but I guess the G1000 makes it more waterproof?

Love the Lundhags pant though. Most comfotable I've ever had, much thanks to the schoeller stretchable fabric on the knees buttocks and thighs.

Edited by gauperaa on 09/02/2009 06:17:58 MDT.

Woubeir (from Europe)
(Woubeir) - F - MLife
Re: Re: Fjällräven on 09/02/2009 06:00:05 MDT Print View

While the greenlandwax can make the G1000 highly waterrepellant, it also reduces the breathability. It's always a choice between those two. BTW, in 2010, Fjallraven is releasing a G1000 Lite fabric. The G1000 curently is pretty heavy stuff in my opnion.

My personal favorites currently are the Mountain Hardwear Fast Pack pants (including convertibles). Pretty light and the total layout and featureset is the best I've seen in any pants (personal opinion of course). When MHW decided no to make these pants anymore, I was sure to get some extra pants to cover the next 5 years or so. In the meantime I hope they realise the've made a mistake and bring them back.

( - F

Locale: Mid-Atlantic
re: hiking pants on 09/02/2009 08:34:25 MDT Print View

I love the BPL thorofares, light, packable, bugproof. When it's cold, I just throw them on over a merino baselayer and in extreme cold or wet, I put my MLD eVent chaps on. Great pants and have been quite durable. Also, the dry very fast.

David Passey
(davidpassey) - F

Locale: New York City
Re: Hiking pants on 09/02/2009 08:58:05 MDT Print View

Patagonia Sol pants are my favorite. Lightweight, fast drying, comfortable, and nice looking.

Hendrik Morkel
(skullmonkey) - MLife

Locale: Finland
Re: Re: Re: Fjällräven on 09/02/2009 09:57:55 MDT Print View

@Thomas: I was looking at the Lundhags Traverse pants, and they seem very nice, also won some awards. I'm probably getting the Atlas rain jacket and pants some time soon, and am curious how they will be. Lundhags makes some great gear for up here in the north, very comfy! Re: waterproofness =>

@Tom: True, if you put a nice layer of the Greeland Wax on it (its actually bee wax iirc) they become very waterrepellant. But also without the wax mine have kept me dry in short showers.

Anyhow, that are some great news you give us there - G-1000 lite! I'm looking forward to those pants!

Woubeir (from Europe)
(Woubeir) - F - MLife
Re: Re: Re: Re: Fjällräven on 09/02/2009 14:18:04 MDT Print View

I looked at the press release and by using thinner yarns and a bit less beewax, the weight is reduced to 162 g/m² which is about 20% less than current G1000. There should be several pants, at least one zip-off and one pant which combines G1000 lite with some stretch nylon.

Bradford Rogers
(Mocs123) - MLife

Locale: Southeast Tennessee
REI Sahara's great except the zippers on 09/02/2009 14:42:16 MDT Print View

I have three pairs of REI Sahara Convertibles that I have used hard and they have held up nicely with the exception of the zippers. The zippers (not YKK) are very small and cheap and on all three pairs of mine the right pocket zipper has failed, some after minimal use. I then just cut the zipper off and use them anyways, but it a bit of a pain. The fly zipper has held up, but it feels very fragile. The good news is REI will replace them, but I feel like a cheapskate taking my years old pants in for replacement.

BTW: The convertible zippers that attach the legs are much stronger sturdier zippers and haven't given me any problems.

John Beisner
(trtlrock) - F

Locale: Blue Ridge
REI Sahara on 09/02/2009 14:52:09 MDT Print View

I love the REI Sahara pants; I have or have used hard about 10 pairs. I too have had a couple of the right-cargo pocket zippers fail, but REI will replace them. The legs are YKK zips.

Every few years I look at what else is out there but always come back to these due to the perfect pocket complement & placement, light weight, general durability, and fast-drying properties.

Good stuff.