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Favorite pants?
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Ryan C
(radio_guy) - MLife

Locale: Alaska
Re: Favorite pants? on 04/25/2013 21:25:18 MDT Print View

Favorite pants? Locally, ones that are Permethrin treated, such as RailRiders Eco-Mesh. Other places, I am becoming a fan of Arcteryx pants, even though they have a much trimmer athletic fit than anything else I ever wear.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - M

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: Re: Favorite pants? -- pants are overrated on 04/25/2013 21:32:18 MDT Print View

I am a shorts guy as well, but for many situations pants are better. They protect from the sun, they protect your legs from getting cut up if you need to bushwack or hike on an overgrown trail (seriously, you can get lacerations on your legs from "trails" in some places), they protect your legs from poison oak, poison ivy, stinging nettles, thorny plants, ticks, mosquitoes and they are much, much more durable than long underwear. Long underwear tear super easy, running tights are much better for hiking in.

My issue with pants has been finding a pair that fit well. They are all just way too baggy (I'm skinny) on me or too tight around the waist. Maybe I will just save up and buy a pair of outlier pants.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Favorite pants? on 04/25/2013 22:00:23 MDT Print View

1. Patagonia Baggies (I know they're shorts)

2. Rail Riders Eco-Mesh

3. REI Mistral Schoeller pants (when it's cold)

4. REI Acme Schoeller pants (when it's really, really cold)

Justin McCabe

Locale: Southern California
Favorite pants? on 04/26/2013 00:04:45 MDT Print View

Marmot Rockstars!!!

Though I believe they are retired but....hunt them down. Stretchy, reinforced, slim (not too slim) fit. Amazing.

Stephen Komae
(skomae) - MLife

Locale: northeastern US
Acme pants on 04/26/2013 09:57:44 MDT Print View

REI Acme Pants. I wear them year round, unless it's really, really hot.

Then I wear Arcteryx Rampart pants or lined running shorts.

Anton Solovyev
(solovam) - F

Locale: Colorado, Utah
Re: Re: Re: Favorite pants? -- pants are overrated on 04/26/2013 11:01:13 MDT Print View

One thing to mention: shell pants do work as regular pants if you need them (bushwacking, colder conditions). Lack of breathability is compensated by side zippers.

This does not work in direct sun and heat, but nothing really does, I think.

Pete Garcia
(pgjgarcia) - MLife

Locale: SE PA
Columbia on 04/26/2013 19:45:18 MDT Print View

For the past few years I've only really been going out when it was either hot or chilly without chance of being hot. When it was summer, I would only wear an old pair of Umbro shorts and had Montbell wind pants in my pack. In the shoulder seasons, I would sub out the shorts for my Mountain Hardwear Mesa pants. A few months ago, though, I picked up a pair of Columbia Silver Ridge II convertibles because they were on sale and I figured I'd give them a shot. I'd read so much about zippers rubbing and other issues with them, but after taking them on the trail for a quick weekend hike, I LOVE them. They can be found cheap, they are comfortable, and are very light. They might not be for everybody, but they are at least worth taking a look at.

Chad "Stick" Poindexter
(Stick) - F

Locale: Wet & Humid Southeast....
Re: Columbia on 04/26/2013 19:49:12 MDT Print View

+1 on the Columbia Silver Ridge pants. I have been wearing them for about 4 years now and love them.