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Top picks for hiking long shirt/ long pants? Anybody have a favorite?
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Sam Sockwell
(sockwellsam) - MLife
Top picks for hiking long shirt/ long pants? Anybody have a favorite? on 08/23/2012 06:02:33 MDT Print View

OK I have been using rail riders pants and adventure top - strong preference for long sleeves long pants, just easier for sun protection. Current pants are 10 oz and are the zip down the side ones and I want to try something new. If anyone has a favorite , have at it. I also have the Kosmo hoodie(Kuhl) which I do like as a shirt.


Erik Basil

Locale: Atzlan
Sara on 08/23/2012 07:19:06 MDT Print View

For the pants, I just plain like the REI Sahara side-zips. They fit well, dry well, soak up just the right amount of permethrin and the legs are downright convenient. The belt is light and useful and the pockets all seem to make sense. The only thing that would make them better would be if they'd make the 36" inseam versions in green.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Top picks for hiking long shirt/ long pants? Anybody have a favorite? on 08/23/2012 07:32:41 MDT Print View

Railrider Bone Flat pants. Only 8 oz I think, but instead of the zipper down the side there are simply mesh panels, both on the outside of the leg and inside of the leg. And right now they're on sale.

Steven Paris
(saparisor) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Top picks for hiking long shirt/ long pants? Anybody have a favorite? on 08/23/2012 10:50:22 MDT Print View

My favorite pants are Arc'Teryx Rampart pants. They are usually on sale at REI a few times a year.

Jason McSpadden
(JBMcSr1) - M

Locale: Rocky Mountains
long shirt and pants on 08/23/2012 11:17:43 MDT Print View

I really like Golite's Younan pants. They fit a little funny around the waist on me but they stetch, are comfortable, tough, dirt just brushes off, and the older ones have a dwr. For shirts I like polyester. I have a couple of button down Field and Stream shirts that I got on clearance at Dicks Sporting Goods. I think they cost $15.00 each. They dry quickly and always look pressed.

Kenneth Jacobs
(f8less) - F

Locale: Midwest
LS Shirt and Convertable Pants on 08/23/2012 11:26:19 MDT Print View

My Tops Are:

Convertible Pants:
Kuhl Liberator Convertible Pants - 30" x30" - 13.9oz
* To say that I absolutely love these pants/shorts is a major understatement! Excellent features, very well thought out construction, SUPER comfortable, ultra flat lying against your skin. The only thing I found somewhat irritating about these pants was the shear number of tags on them. Simple solution...I removed the tags

LS Shirt:
Arcteryx Phase SL Crew LS - Small - 3.7oz
* Great shirt, super light, super comfortable, breathes and wicks exceptionally. Wore it on my last trip through Indian Peaks Wilderness Area in CO. Suited me perfect through blazing sun to pouring rain (and cold) with just my rain jacket over it.

Edited by f8less on 08/23/2012 11:33:47 MDT.

Brian Johns

Locale: NorCal
Half-Zip and Wind Pants on 08/23/2012 11:40:25 MDT Print View

I really like my Patagonia Merino Half-Zip LS top, and old Golite "Trunk" pants. They are 5.4 oz. and a kind of rip-stop supplex-like material with elastic waist and cuffs with a little extra inner-ankle denier at the cuffs. These are really three-season pants, perfect over mid or heavy weight underwear in the shoulder season and way more comfortable than convertible pants with all the stuff on them. They don't make them any more, though, so I'm grabbing some Montbell Dynamo wind pants if they ever go on sale for next year. They look like a future favorite.

The shirt, like all merino, just feels great and the zip is nice and deep on that one.

Katy Anderson
(KatyAnderson) - F
ExOfficio on 08/23/2012 11:41:51 MDT Print View

ExOfficio air strip lite shirt
ExOfficio amphi pants

Have been wearing some version of these for the last few years. Light weight, thin, loose fitting, quick drying, soft nylon gives great sun protection and is comfortable to wear day after day on the trail.

Expensive, but I've always seem to be able to find them on sale.

Jim L
Top picks for hiking long shirt/ long pants? Anybody have a favorite? on 08/23/2012 11:46:37 MDT Print View

If you don't mind me asking, what don't you like about the RailRiders pants you have been using?


Sean Rhoades

Locale: WV
Re: Top picks for hiking long shirt/ long pants? Anybody have a favorite? on 08/23/2012 13:28:32 MDT Print View

My favorite pants are currently the Mountain Hardwear Matterhorn convertible. They are quite heavy at twenty-some ounces, but I absolutely love how they fit me and the comfort they provide.

And for a l/s shirt I like the Columbia PFG fishing shirts, I also have one made by REI but it's a little heavier fabric.

Edit: add shirt

Edited by kingpin on 08/23/2012 13:31:50 MDT.

Stuart .
(lotuseater) - F

Locale: Colorado
Montane Terra / Terra Pack pants on 08/23/2012 13:52:04 MDT Print View

After years of using Exofficio Amphi pants, I switched to Montane this summer. The Terra pant is very wear resistant, and I'll use them for bushwhacking or rocky terrain. The Terra Pack pant is lighter weight and a bit more town friendly, so I often wear them during the week. Both have leg length options. Waist sizing is less generous than ExO, and I'd recommend going one size larger than your normal for comfort.

If you can't find Montane locally, contact Sport-Hansa, the US distributor. They are willing to sell directly to consumers.

Mitch Chesney
(MChesney) - F
Don't touch my legs! on 08/23/2012 13:59:20 MDT Print View

I used to have convertible pants but the pockets, the cross-thigh zipper, and the general rigidity of full-length pants drove me insane. After picking up a a pair of Target's Champion C9 shorts ($9) I was 100% better - airy, loose, dried quicker, cheap. The only problem was they snagged so I moved to a pair of CW-X Pro athletic shorts. Now the only problem is it looks like I'm hiking in skivvies. :)

If the weather's bad or I'm out in winter I have a pair of REI Acme trousers with the Schoeller nano fabric. Pretty good shell layer with durability for scrambles.

Edited by MChesney on 08/23/2012 14:00:26 MDT.

S Long

Locale: Wasatch
Re: Don't touch my legs! on 08/23/2012 14:43:14 MDT Print View

Kuhl Renegade pants are my favorite. They are a lighter softshell material with okay DWR and they dry fast and ventilate well.

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Montane Terra / Terra Pack pants on 08/23/2012 17:57:01 MDT Print View

"If you can't find Montane locally, contact Sport-Hansa, the US distributor. They are willing to sell directly to consumers."

Unfortunately, they don't carry the Terras. :(

michael levi
(M.L) - F

Locale: W-Never Eat Soggy (W)affles
is it bad? on 08/23/2012 17:59:47 MDT Print View

What I usually do is wear a baselayer (like pattagucci Cap 2 long underwear) under my hiking shorts. Then when it gets hot I take them off.


Locale: South West US
Re: Top picks for hiking long shirt/ long pants? Anybody have a favorite? on 08/23/2012 18:09:18 MDT Print View

For the top: Cap 2 or Ex Officio Air Strip Lite

For bottom: Gamma Lt, Grammici Quick-Dry, or patagonia GI 2

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Top picks for hiking long shirt/ long pants? Anybody have a favorite? on 08/23/2012 18:45:58 MDT Print View

I like the mesh-ier weave long sleeve base layer tops and zip-off pants in the summer. For cooler weather the Mountain Hardwear Pack pants are good (but discontinued).

I'm really liking a pair of Columbia Silver Ridge zip offs I got this year. They don't have ankle zips, but I don't miss them. The fabric comfort and performance has been surprisingly good. Columbia isn't usally my go-to brand :)

I got some REI Mistral soft shell pants that I'm waiting to try this fall. I found them in the Gear Garage with a broken snap that took me about 5 minutes to replace :) I got a pair of Outdoor Research Vert pants last year that got me going on soft shell pants. They are too warm in bright sun (they are black), but that isn't a problem 3/4 of the year around here! The Vert pants are really light, breath well, stretchy and super comfortable. They meld very well with some silkweight long johns for colder stuff.

Andrew Weldon
Safari! on 08/23/2012 19:43:44 MDT Print View

I'm a fan of the REI Safari convertable pants. I sort of wish they didn't have the side zipper since I don't really have any use for it. It's just a bit of extra weight.
My 34" inseam larges are 13oz and extremely durable.
As for the shirt, I'm usually in a Patagonia sun hoodie.

I'm going to give the Stoic Thrive pants + something like the patagonia capilene 2 bottom baselayer instead.

Jen Churchward
(mahgnillig) - F
REI Sahara on 08/23/2012 20:46:01 MDT Print View

I'm also a big fan of the REI Sahara stuff... it's durable, relatively cheap and fits well. Much as I like it though, I've recently discovered Columbia's permethrin treated clothing, and have been wearing that on backpacking trips. If only REI made their Sahara stuff pre-treated with bug juice... I'd be all over that!

david delabaere

Locale: Northern VA
my favorites on 08/23/2012 21:45:03 MDT Print View

3 season : Arcteryx rampart, I think it's tough enough for bushwhacking. I find cargo pockets way to useful but in this case it really not that noticeable.
Summer : Columbia silver ridge (convertible), light, very fast drying, easy to catch stuff and to stain.

Long sleeve shirts
Golite wildwood (would love it with a zipper),
REI endeavor shirt
icebreaker gt200 - has thumb-loops, 1/4zip but feels deeper, mesh like panels on the back and under the armpits help with ventilation I find.

REI Sahara is bomber but I find I take the endeavor more often