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Gear Recommendation: Hiking Pants for Hot Weather Summer
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Daniel Fish

Locale: PDX
... on 05/04/2013 20:07:49 MDT Print View


Edited by on 06/09/2013 00:55:22 MDT.

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
REI on 05/04/2013 20:47:07 MDT Print View

REI Sahara pants (and shirt) are light, fast-dryin polyester, well designed and have zip-off legs and a light belt.

Cabela's also makes polyester pants and shirts with zip-off legs. I think it's in their "Guidewear" line.

Ian B.

Locale: PNW
Cabelas Guide Wear on 05/04/2013 20:55:51 MDT Print View

I was in Cabelas the other day and was pretty impressed with their Guide Wear pants. They were very light and looked like they would be great for hot weather. I didn't get a chance to see how the fit was. They looked like they weren't as durable as my North Face convertible pants but probably lighter and more comfortable.

I have a pair of the REI pants and they haven't been a good fit for me. YMMV

Jennifer Mitol
(Jenmitol) - M

Locale: In my dreams....
Re: Gear Recommendation: Hiking Pants for Hot Weather Summer on 05/04/2013 20:59:34 MDT Print View

I have a pair of arcteryx rampart pants that I absolutely live in all summer long. I hike in them, wear them to work, around town...they are fabulously cool and light and feel great. I can roll them up into capris and they stay that way, or I can leave them long.

I think they are somewhat hard to find in women's...I got them on sale at moosejaw...but well worth the effort to hunt them down.

Clayton Mauritzen
(GlacierRambler) - F

Locale: NW Montana
Re: Cabelas Guide Wear on 05/04/2013 21:00:36 MDT Print View

I'm not a desert hiker, but I haven't worn anything but Patagonia Rock Craft pants (successors to the Rock Guides, I believe) in the last year. I've hiked in them well into the 90s with full sun, and I'm a very hot hiker.

They're also close-fitting and very durable. Only the side pocket and the pants show minimal signs of wear, even after a year of hard use.

Mark Verber
(verber) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Gear Recommendation: Hiking Pants for Hot Weather Summer on 05/04/2013 21:14:52 MDT Print View

My mom likes her Royal Robbins Paseo Traveler Pant when hiking in the summer. REI and Ex Officio both make petite sizes. +1 on the arcteryx rampart pants if they fit.


Daniel Fish

Locale: PDX
... on 05/04/2013 21:16:56 MDT Print View


Edited by on 06/09/2013 00:54:50 MDT.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Y'all ROCK! on 05/04/2013 22:29:15 MDT Print View

Get pants that are a little baggier for better air flow and thus cooling

Herbert Sitz

Locale: Pacific NW
REI Sahara and RailRiders Ecomesh on 05/05/2013 00:12:59 MDT Print View

I have a pair of REI Sahara pants that aren't convertible to shorts, full length only. They're okay, but they don't seem to be that well made and don't fit me quite right. They are quite lightweight.

I have a pair of Railraiders Ecomesh pants that are my preferred summer hiking pant (I don't wear shorts). They have a durable permethrin treatment for ticks, which is nice, but especially nice for summer is that the legs have zippers on the sides that you can unzip for air flow. Hard to explain, but behind the zippers is mesh, so when you unzip your skin is not directly exposed. Well made, lightweight, and tough. Here's link: RR Ecomesh pants

Edited by hes on 05/05/2013 00:14:42 MDT.

Gregory Stein
(tauneutrino) - F

Locale: Upper Galilee
Desert on 05/05/2013 00:36:46 MDT Print View

I do hike in desert a lot.
I'm suggesting to use your running gear for hiking in desert. It's light, UV protected, dries quickly. Just go for a long pants (no shorts!) and long sleeve shirt. Running cap with cape! Take all in Dri-Fit fabrics or a like.

Just my opinion.

Matthew Reese
(Bradktn) - M
Railriders Eco Mesh pants on 05/05/2013 06:38:34 MDT Print View

I hate hiking in pants with zip-off legs, as I don't like feeling of the zipper rubbing on my leg. I have a pair of Railriders Eco mesh pants I occasionally I use for hiking in the summer. The website says they are 10 ounces, which sounds about right. They are comfortable, tough, and the zipped side vents are surprisingly effective. That said I most most of the time in shorts, t-shirt, and socks, treated with permethrin and generally don't have a problem with ticks.

Edited by Bradktn on 05/05/2013 06:39:22 MDT.

Jani Kikuts
(Enginerd) - M

Locale: Southern California
Ex Officio Vent'r on 05/05/2013 07:37:07 MDT Print View

Just got a pair of Vent'r pants by ExOfficio, I like them a lot, similar to the already mentioned rail riders Eco mesh in concept without the mesh zipper. They look fairly stylish,and fit is nice. I wear a 34 waist and they are 9 oz exactly.

Edited by Enginerd on 05/05/2013 07:38:16 MDT.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Ex Officio Vent'r on 05/05/2013 08:42:14 MDT Print View

I wonder if just a plain pair of pants is best?

If they have all sorts of complicated vents and converitble shorts and things, it's more marketable. Buyers will think all that stuff makes it better and will pay more for it. People will pay less and be less likely to select a plain pair of pants.

But actually, the plain pants work better because they're lighter and there are no irregularities to chaff on, etc...

Jesse Anderson
(jeepin05) - F

Locale: Land of Enchantment
Plain Pants on 05/05/2013 09:31:05 MDT Print View

I have to agree with you on this. I spent several hours one day at REI trying on every non-cotton pant I could find. I never found one of the convertible pants that I liked. Especially on the inside of each knee, the zipper and extra fabric would rub me wrong. Add to that, the shorts always felt on the short side.

I settled on a pair of Kuhl pants that have very few frills. Other than being a tad on the noisy side, they are great and fit great too. I've worn them around New Mexico a fair bit and they never made me with I could zip the legs off or open some kind of venting.

Juliana Cho
+1 Rampart pants on 05/05/2013 09:52:59 MDT Print View

I second the recommendation for Arcteryx Rampart pants. Lightweight and fit well. I also ordered online at Moosejaw since I've never seen them in stores around here. I'm not too fond of the convertibles.

Patrick O'Neil
(human) - F
Re: +1 Rampart pants on 05/05/2013 10:06:24 MDT Print View

I have ramparts asxwell, although in black as they were on sale. Wore them once when themp was above 24c and sunny and regretted it, get them ingrey. Obvious i guess but thought id mention it any way.

Jeffrey McConnell
Sahara on 05/05/2013 10:15:41 MDT Print View

I like the rei Sahara zip offs as well. I don't wear shorts but do zip them off for swimming in lakes which I like to do.

Steven Paris
(saparisor) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Gear Recommendation: Hiking Pants for Hot Weather Summer on 05/05/2013 11:42:45 MDT Print View

+1 for Ramparts. I use them the same as Jennifer above, often rolling them up into capris (manpris?). They are great hiking pants.

However, I did see these new pants from Columbia the other day:â„¢-Pant/FM8068,default,pd.html

The "air gill" part is several slanted vents along the inner thigh of the pants. You can see them in the picture above. It also has columbia's "Omni-Freeze" fabric which has these little circles on it that supposedly feel cooler when moisture/sweat hits it. I don't know if this works or not. I bought a Omni-Freeze bandana just to try.

Note: I saw these at the Employee store; I don't know if they are in stores yet. I have no connection to Columbia beyond living near the HQ and getting occasional access to the store.

Stephen Barber
(grampa) - MLife

Locale: SoCal
Ticks and pants on 05/05/2013 11:55:37 MDT Print View

If ticks are the issue, be sure to get pants that are treated with permethrin - that will solve the tick problem. Both ExOfficio and Railrider, as well as any number of manufacturers, make them. Personally I go with the Railriders Ecomesh pants and Madison River shirt. Both are treated with permethrin (Insect Shield), both wear very well.

Jon Hancock

Locale: Northwest England
EcoMesh on 05/05/2013 13:09:32 MDT Print View

My RailRiders EcoMesh trousers predate the version with permethrin treatment but are still going strong, used in very varied environments. The side vents work very well and don't cause the chafing I've experienced with zip-off styles. On the other hand, I can't speak from experience about the fit of the ladies'version :-)

Issues? The fabric, similar to Supplex, can cling rather badly when wet and of course has no stretch to it. I have two pairs and have had to sew centre back belt loops to them to stop the waistband from slipping, which is an odd design flaw and not one duplicated in other designs like RailRiders Weatherpants. They're worth considering.