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Hiking Pants
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Jason Mahler
(jrmahler) - MLife

Locale: Michigan
Hiking Pants on 02/25/2013 15:06:44 MST Print View

I have traditionally hiked in 13.5oz warm up pants (nylon outside, thin mesh inside), which work ok in the early spring and fall, but are a bit hot in the summer. Also, they don't dry very fast and weigh a ton when they are wet. I prefer pants to keep my legs dry and keep bugs off of me and was hoping there was something out there that could be a bit lighter and maybe more functional. What I am looking at right now are:

1) arc'teryx rampart - I see these pop up most often as a great pant that dries quickly and at ~10oz, a bit lighter

2) Rail Rider Eco Mesh - These look awesome for keeping it cool and have a permithin coating and dry quick. Similar weight to arc-teryz.

3) Luke's Silnylon pant - These are crazy light (~3oz) and a good cost, but I wonder if they will bebreathable enough since they are rain proof.

4) Montbell Dynamo - These are what I really want due to low weight and breathable (how much different than Silnylon?), but I am "stocky", so they would only fit me if I grew ~6".

Any opinions are more than appreciated.

Mal Hooper

Locale: Valley of the Sun
Re: Hiking Pants on 02/25/2013 15:14:52 MST Print View

I love my Arc Rampart pants. They're very light and the material is thin enough that I can actually roll the legs all the way up past my knees for makeshift shorts. I also love that they have non-billowy cargo pockets on the thighs so you can put stuff in them when needed, but when they're empty they lay flat. I usually throw my wool beanie in there when I have to put my climbing helmet on, for example.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Hiking Pants on 02/25/2013 15:20:54 MST Print View

For years, REI has had some cargo pocket pants called Sahara. I think they have been trying to introduce some called Adventure pants. I have maybe four pairs of these. The oldest ones are getting old and brittle, but the sewing maching keeps them intact.


Ian B.

Locale: PNW
North Face on 02/25/2013 15:25:48 MST Print View

I’m (ahem) stocky as well and use the North Face convertible pants (I’ll double check which line when I return home later). They make the same pants without the zip-offs so I assume that my comments on fit and performance are true for both.

The weight is close to what you are looking at. The fit and freedom of movement is excellent. I’ve owned them for >9months and I wear them almost every time I go hiking/camping; the wear on them so far has been satisfactory. They dry quickly and feel light.

I like that the inside of my cargo pockets are mesh; they double as my sock drier on days when the weather isn’t cooperating. I also like that I have a front pocket which zips closed.

Stu Pendious
(Beeen) - MLife

Locale: California
Unintentional BA on 02/25/2013 15:56:18 MST Print View

Not sure how, but I routinely rip the stitching on the backside of my pants... I think I squat too aggressively or maybe my dehydrated meat induced farts weaken then fabric. Either way, I'm currently using Terrain Trousers by CragHoppers, because they have a stretchy'ish material in the butt. At 345g they are a little heavy, but they are proving durable enough that I don't have to tape up my pants anymore.

You can also pay more than twice as much and get a Bear Grylls branded version that is heavier and has extra pockets to store urine filled rattlesnake skins and zebra eyeballs.

Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

MH on 02/25/2013 16:55:05 MST Print View

Look up the Mountain hardwear Mesa pant. Great pants! Cheaper than Arcteryx.

Rick M
(rmjapan) - F

Locale: London, UK
Re: Hiking Pants on 02/25/2013 17:15:09 MST Print View


Edited by rmjapan on 06/19/2015 10:46:20 MDT.

Richard Reno
(scubahhh) - M

Locale: White Mountains, mostly.
LL Bean Timberledge... on 02/25/2013 18:01:37 MST Print View

No, really!

They're made of 4.1 oz. nylon- not stretchy but there's a good crotch gusset and loads of mobility. Good, deep pockets with an extra zippered pocket on the right front. Cinch cord at the cuffs, and a zipper almost up to the knee for easy on and off. Double knees, though I've had mine for years and they haven't torn yet.

On sale now,for $40... Worth a look!

steven franchuk
Re: Hiking Pants on 02/25/2013 20:32:26 MST Print View

For years I have been using REI convertable pants. REI calls the current version Saharra pants. In warm weather you unzip the lower sections to convert the pants to shorts. Most of the time I have had bugs or heat but not both in the Sierra. If I encounter both Ill hike in the shorts and use DEET. My old pair weighs 13oz. Not any lighter than what you have. However the REI pants are built to last.

The silnylon pants are waterproof but not breathable. They won't work in hot weather.

Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
rock craft or the old rock guides on 02/25/2013 20:44:51 MST Print View

nice, light softshell (10 oz)- very comfy, breathable, have some stretch to them, sturdy, good pockets, easy to roll up and have a very good DWR finish

I wear them summer through winter (just add a base layer underneath for winter)- probably a little warm for dedicated hot desert wear, but other than that they fill the bill

William Wang
(billwang) - M

Locale: SF Bay Area
ArcTeryx Palisade on 02/25/2013 21:04:33 MST Print View

I like the ArcTeryx Palisade pants. They are bit lighter, have zip cargo and also include a very flat belt that doesn't get in the way of my hipbelt. They seem to be very sturdy and abrasion resistant for their weight. They dry very quickly and are mosquito proof. They are expensive, however.

David Lutz

Locale: Bay Area
Hiking Pants on 02/25/2013 21:14:16 MST Print View

Have a look at Prana "Zion" pants.

Not sure of the weight but feel light enough. Dry very quickly, in fact don't seem to get wet. The legs roll up and snap into a capris-type (or man-pris, if you prefer) leg. Very cool dual-access cargo pocket that you can open easily while seated. Integrated belt.

James Walton

Locale: south
Hiking Pants on 02/25/2013 21:27:33 MST Print View

I have both the zion pant and the rampart's. I love the material on the zion, it soft and stretchy (marketed toward climbers I think), neg. little pull buckle at your waist gets in the way of pack belt. Ramparts are awsome, airy, lightweight, dry quickly, flat (instead of curved) front pockets allow easy entry under a pack belt, the flat cargo pockets can hold more than they look like they can, there are two waist snaps with the waist band being really wide, rides well under pack belt. They are pricey but you get what you pay for!!

dave p
(hipass) - F

Locale: Los Angeles
venti;lation on 02/26/2013 00:29:08 MST Print View

I use only convertible pants cause of the better ventilation.I have some north face heavy duty ones for winter.I have ex officio and rei sahara pants that i recently bought for 6$ a piece at goodwill.Pants and baselayer tops i will never buy new or retail.The pants rarely show up at goodwill and in my size but last month i was in luck and got both pairs.I also got some new ramparts there for 6$ but i need convertibles so got rid of them.

Erik Basil

Locale: Atzlan
Sahara convertibles on 02/26/2013 06:48:21 MST Print View

I've been having good luck with the Sahara side-zip convertibles from REI. They're light, have pockets where I want them (cargo) and do multi-duty as hiking shorts, swim shorts and then long pants when the bugs come out and temp goes down. They come with a nice, light belt and in long inseam sizes, too.

eric chan
(bearbreeder) - F
dead bird on 02/26/2013 13:05:43 MST Print View

dead bird ramparts/palisades ...

just make sure you get em at 50% off ;)

or any other brand that fits you for less ... everyone and their mom makes light nylon/softshell pants

fit is everything as alaways

Steven McAllister
(brooklynkayak) - MLife

Locale: Atlantic North East
RR Ecomesh on 02/26/2013 13:38:34 MST Print View

The RR Ecomesh or whatever they are called are very flexible. I wear mine year round. Zip up the sides for cold weather and zipped down for hot summer.

I used to hike in convertibles or shorts, but I find the RRs to be cool/ventilated and I like the way they protect my legs from brambles, bug bites and bee stings.

They are light and dry very fast.

Michael Ray
(topshot) - MLife

Locale: Midwest
Re: Hiking Pants on 03/09/2013 15:21:03 MST Print View

> 13.5oz warm up pants (nylon outside, thin mesh inside)

Cut out most or all of the mesh to reduce weight and dry time

> they don't dry very fast and weigh a ton when they are wet

You're sure they are all synthetic and not a cotton blend?

> Luke's Silnylon pant

Def NOT. Those are rain pants.

> Montbell Dynamo

You could always hem the legs if they're too long. Those seem closest to the BPL Thorofare pants (4 oz) for when mine wear out. I wear the Thorofares no matter the temp or conditions so I prefer true pants, not convertible.

I bought my son a pair a decent nylon pants from Campmor last year. White Sierra I think was the brand. Couldn't find the same style this year, just convertible. :(

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Hiking Pants on 03/09/2013 16:03:08 MST Print View

Hot weather= Ex Officio for me.

I have several pairs of REI Sahara zip offs and they work just fine. Outdoor Equinox pants are good and come plain or convertible and sans cargo pockets of you don't like the Inspector Gadget look.

One brand that isn't mentioned much is Gramicci and their Quick-Dry pants. They are dead simple pull-on nylon pants with a couple hand pockets and a light web belt. They are built climbing style with no fly and a gusseted crotch. The make the same pants in cotton, so watch the listing. They are hard to find.

I found a pair of Columbia Silver Ridge II pants and they work for me too. The fabric has a textured weave and they have alight dry feel. No ankle zips on the ones I have.

Steven Paris
(saparisor) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Hiking Pants: What do you Wear and why? on 03/09/2013 18:40:36 MST Print View

Another +1 for the ArcTeryx Ramparts.

Btw, I think I've seen them on sale at REI every year for the last several years. Can't remember the time of year, though.