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Travel pants on 05/23/2012 20:52:09 MDT Print View

Not exactly backpacking gear but...

Can someone suggest good, preferably Supplex, pants for int'l travel? Slim fitting, no cargo pockets, look more like normal pants than typical backpacker pants.

For various reasons prefer Patagonia, Rail Riders, Ex-Officio or Mountain Hardwear.

Any suggestions please?

Steven Paris
(saparisor) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Travel pants on 05/23/2012 22:00:29 MDT Print View

M L,

I hike in the Arc'Teryx Rampart pants, very light and dry fast. They do have pockets on the legs but they are flat and hardly noticeable. Would be a quick place to stash a document that you needed quick access to.

Mark Verber
(verber) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Travel pants on 05/23/2012 22:40:22 MDT Print View

Royal Robbins Global Trekker Pants are my current favorite. A few other ideas on my recommended pants… scroll down a bit to "adventure travel".


Joseph R
(Dianoda) - MLife

Locale: Chicago, IL
Re: Travel pants on 05/23/2012 23:02:51 MDT Print View

I'd recommend the golite siskiyou pants if they ever come back in stock in more sizes. Only large/XL in stock right now...

Edit: the golite's appear to have one cargo style pocket, so maybe not what you're looking for. Also, the Arc'teryx Rampart pants are awesome hiking pants, but again, they've got cargos (although quite streamlined).

Edited by Dianoda on 05/23/2012 23:11:22 MDT.

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
Cabela's on 05/23/2012 23:19:24 MDT Print View

Look at The North Face Burke ripstop pants (nylon).

Normally $79.99 now $49.99 plus S&H.

Same garantee as REI. Don't like 'em? Return for a full refund.

Chris Jones
(NightMarcher) - F
Palisade Pant on 05/24/2012 03:14:06 MDT Print View

I have the Palisade shorts, but I am considering also picking up the pant version for the same reason (travel):

They are slimmer fitting than the Rampart pant

What sort of climate will you be traveling in? Warm and humid? Cool and dry?

thanks on 05/24/2012 08:34:29 MDT Print View

Thanks all for suggestions!

Does anyone have any experience with either MH Setter or MH Loafer pants?

Rob Reynolds
(rfreynol) - MLife
REI Endeavor hiking pants on 05/24/2012 08:34:52 MDT Print View

REI Endeavor pants. Love mine.

Link .
(annapurna) - MLife
Re: Travel pants on 05/24/2012 08:43:44 MDT Print View

Edited by annapurna on 05/24/2012 08:44:42 MDT.

Darren M.

Locale: West
Travel Pants on 05/24/2012 09:12:53 MDT Print View

Best Ever....Kuhl Jeans. Cotton/Nylon blend with articulated knees. Amazing pants! Kuhl has a variety of types sold everywhere.

Daniel Goldenberg
(DanG) - M
Re: Kuhl Jeans on 05/24/2012 09:47:50 MDT Print View

I have to agree about the Kuhl jeans. They dry fast because of the cotton/poly blend and the thin material. They are very comfortable and I really like mine.

Unfortunately, I would never buy another pair after the self-righteous anti-American nonsense "message" that they supply with their pants.

On another note, the OP didn't mention where the pants would be used, but I highly recommend just regular jeans for travel vs supplex hikers.

Terry Trimble
(socal-nomad) - F

Locale: North San Diego county
Travel pants on 05/24/2012 10:39:07 MDT Print View

My personal choice is the Exofficio Nomad pants they look like normal Khaki pants. But they have a hidden zippered side pocket on the right thigh I keep my wallet in and also treated with teflon for water and stain resistance. Also the fabric is tough as nails for bush whacking I have owned mine for 4 years now not a single rip tear or stain and they also repels light rain. I was able to get my 4 pairs of pants at 40% off in store sale.

Edited by socal-nomad on 05/24/2012 10:40:25 MDT.

Aaron Reichow

Locale: Northern Minnesota
mh on 05/24/2012 10:54:39 MDT Print View

The Mountain Hardwear Mesa pants are close- light, Supplex-like material, no cargo pockets. My only beef with them is the pockets- I much prefer the front pockets of the less streetwear-looking MH Canyon pants.

A heavier pant that I really dig is the Mountain Hardwear Piero pant. Material is a light, unlined stretch-woven softshell rather than straight Supplex. A bit of stretch. They look more or less like a pair of khaki work pants- I wear them to work and for hiking. I've been wearing them in all seasons. They dry quickly as well- not as quickly as my MH Canyon pants, but fast enough for me. They deal with mud and dirt exceptionally well. Most days I do a 2-4 mile hike on the Superior Hiking Trail over my lunch break, and often enough I get some dirt or mud around my cuffs or on the calves of the pant. Not sure if it's the DWR, the weave, or some other property of the material but dirt seems to fall off once they dry. Sticks a lot less than it would to the cotton khaki-esque work pants I otherwise wear to work. I highly recommend them!