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Non baggy, finely sized pants recommendation
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Rafi Harzahav
(rhz10) - F

Locale: SF Bay Area
Non baggy, finely sized pants recommendation on 07/20/2011 08:35:27 MDT Print View


I'm looking for a pair of long summer pants for hiking/backpacking. I've found that I fall between a small and a medium on most pants. What's more, since I have skinny legs, most pants are baggy on me to the point of looking ridiculous. (Yeah, I know it's not a fashion show out there, but....) The closest I came to a good fit was the North Face Horizon Peak Surplus small waist short length--but it was an inch or so too tight in the waist.

Does anyone know of any manufacturer that makes pants in waist sizes that go up in one inch increments? For reference, I wear 31x30 Levi's 501's.



B. Kelly Saine
(SloHiker57) - F

Locale: NC Foothills
Try Rail Riders on 07/20/2011 09:10:29 MDT Print View

I have three or four different versions of RR pants and they are ALL cut much slimmer in the lower legs than my ExOfficios. I have large calves and the RR's are almost annoying, so the slim cut may suit you.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Non baggy, finely sized pants recommendation on 07/20/2011 09:54:31 MDT Print View

If they're baggy they'll be cooler - more air flow

Brendan S
(brendans) - MLife

Locale: Fruita CO
Re: Non baggy, finely sized pants recommendation on 07/20/2011 10:20:28 MDT Print View

Patagonia Sol Patrol are in 1" increments, aren't baggy, and are super light. I love mine. Patagonia usually has cosmetic seconds for pretty cheap and I haven't been able to find any flaws in the ones I've bought.

shane sibert
(grinder) - F

Locale: P.N.W
pants on 07/20/2011 11:04:50 MDT Print View

Arc'Teryx "rampart" pants may work for you. Cut just enough to move, but not baggy. Lightweight and tough.

Dustin Short
(upalachango) - MLife
Re: pants on 07/20/2011 12:39:07 MDT Print View

I second the ramparts. I have two pair and love them. They're very light, cool for most climes (in the AZ desert they can get warm in direct sun regardless of color) and slim cut. Kind of expensive but I wear them constantly.

Steven Paris
(saparisor) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Non baggy, finely sized pants recommendation on 07/20/2011 12:41:43 MDT Print View

Another +1 for the Ramparts. I think with your need for an in-between size, your best bet would be get somewhere you can try on before you buy. But -- if they work for you, the Ramparts are great. REI carries them if you can wait for the fall 20% off, and they have some on sale at if you want to buy online.

Bradley Attaway
(AttaboyBrad) - F

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
athletic fit on 07/20/2011 13:02:50 MDT Print View

Look for pants intended for climbing, or pants made by alpine/climbing companies like Mountain Hardware and Arc'teryx. Climbers tend to be a lanky bunch, and require an athletic fit lest excess fabric snag somewhere. My legs aren't skinny, but overly baggy pants, which I've found most to be, just feel sloppy to wear and walk in.

Michael B
(mbenvenuto) - F

Locale: Vermont
beyond fleece on 07/20/2011 18:44:10 MDT Print View

long ago i bought a pair of pants from beyondfleece. custom made for me to my exact size. i still wear them and would love a winter weight version. for 100 bucks or so worth considering at least.

Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
rock guides on 07/20/2011 20:44:24 MDT Print View

Patagonia Rock Guides- they come in true waist sizes, not tight, but not baggy- kind of the Goldilocks cut :) they are also pretty light and VERY tough

Dan Briggs
(dbriggs9) - F

Locale: Southeast
Outdoor Research Equinox Pants on 07/21/2011 10:07:41 MDT Print View

Search no more, Rafi. I was doing the same search you are not too long ago. I'm not really not into baggy pants as I'm pretty skinny myself. I found the Outdoor Research Equinox Pants to be perfect for me. I think they make them convertible as well.
Here's what they look like on me.

OR Equinox

Jason Hortin
(jhortin) - M

Locale: Chicago
Favorite pants on 07/22/2011 16:08:44 MDT Print View

I'm a huge fan of the REI Endeavor! (I know that not... most, people hate REI on here) But they are super stretchy great fitting and the material is awesome. They make the Endeavor in pants, shorts and convertibles. And hell, if you hate them, just return em :)


PS They are sort of expensive though - probably as much as Patagonia and NF....

Gabe Joyes
(gabe_joyes) - F

Locale: Lander, WY
traverse on 07/22/2011 20:51:15 MDT Print View

Check out the Patagonia traverse pants. Simple, stretchy, athletic pants. No fly or buttons or any of that bogus stuff. My guess is that they are much more water resistant than many of the other pants mentioned as well. They dry very fast too.