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Hiking Pants

Postby oldhikerQ » Tue Feb 26, 2013 9:44 am

I'm looking for suggestions for hiking pants. I want something light with some flex that will dry quickly. I have backpacked for years in Mountain Hardware hiking shorts with the comfy waistband. Now, however, I find that I am cold more often than not and am considering switching to pants. I'm not really interested in convertibles based on casual reviews, unless someone has had some great experiences with one brand. would appreciate any ideas that the community can offer.
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Re: Hiking Pants

Postby The Other Tom » Tue Feb 26, 2013 10:07 am

I usually get what's on sale from REI or Sierra Trading post. In general I get the "nylon" type (not cotton) cargo convertible pants, but rarely zip the legs off. I find the cargo pockets to come in handy, not all have them. A velcro closure on the pockets seems to work best. I tried the ones with the mesh liner but didn't like them (too much chaffing). Others may have different experiences. Also, I try to get ones with a belt as opposed to trying to make a belt I already have fit in the loops.
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Re: Hiking Pants

Postby RoguePhotonic » Tue Feb 26, 2013 5:50 pm

Try Rail Riders Eco Mesh. They aren't cheap but are popular with the PCT hikers.

I took 2 pairs last year for 111 days and the only holes they got were from major falls or a snag on some rebar. The waist has part elastic fit which was great because they fit me when I started the hike fat and were comfortable and when I lost 40 pounds I still didn't need to use a belt. I wear a XXL and the weight on that size is 12 ounces.

They have a zipper running the length of your leg that when unzipped expands open with a mesh insert. I rarely thought to open it but when I did I loved it. Helped allot when it was hot.

I've tried allot of different pants and these are the best yet.
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Re: Hiking Pants

Postby sparky » Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:39 pm

I just don't like "hiking" pants. They dont fit well.

My go to pants are a lightweight wool poly blend pant that seem cool when warm, warm when cool, and dry fairly quickly. They are tough and cheap at the goodwill. When I wear those I do carry "rain pants" so a few extra ounces in my pack. They have been beat on over the years and are good as new.

I also have a couple pair of "coolmax" pants I got a kohls for like 20$ each. They are wool/poly also i think, buyt a little thinner than my go to pants. I think they are golf pants, but again fit good, tough, are comfortable, cheap, warmer/cooler than nylon hiking pants.

I have a pair of lightweight softshell REI pants with zip off legs I use sometimes, but they are not near as comfortable. I think I have used them once. I paid around 90$ for them......waste of money
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Re: Hiking Pants

Postby Ikan Mas » Tue Feb 26, 2013 9:08 pm

I prefer to hike in my running shorts as long as I can. I really don't understand those that hike in long pants and a rain jacket. I guess I sweat too much. When it does get colder, I will go to a pair of tights, which tend to breather better. I recently bought a pair of REI Airflyte pants, which are wind proof, light weight, and stretch well. Not quite tights. I've used them to bike in cold weather, and they work well.
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Re: Hiking Pants

Postby Colter » Tue Feb 26, 2013 10:14 pm

Mountain Hardwear Mesa are the best that I've used. For me they fit well and last a long time.
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Re: Hiking Pants

Postby RichardCullip » Tue Feb 26, 2013 10:54 pm

I hike in Railriders Adventure Khaki Pants. They are light weight and dry pretty quick nylon pants. I like hiking in long pants for sun protection and to protect my lower legs from scratchy flora.
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Re: Hiking Pants

Postby RoguePhotonic » Wed Feb 27, 2013 12:31 am

Of course I hike in pants for sun and bug protection but I also cannot remember the last time I wore a pair of shorts. For no reason that I can think of either. :-k
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Re: Hiking Pants

Postby Maddog61 » Wed Feb 27, 2013 10:27 am

I'll second the Mtn. Hardware Mesa pants. Built in belt, super comfy fleece lined waist. Very lightweight & cool, yet durable. They have a handy zippered pocket on the right thigh that I keep my camera in.

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Re: Hiking Pants

Postby oldhikerQ » Wed Feb 27, 2013 12:48 pm

Thanks to everyone for the replies. One of my hiking group recommended Arc'Teryx pants, but their prices are stratospheric. Hence, the question posed to the HST community.
I think that I'll start with MH, as I have had very good luck with their hiking shorts. I hadn't thought about the RailRiders pants, as they had fallen off of my radar. I'll check those also.
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Re: Hiking Pants

Postby oldranger » Wed Feb 27, 2013 4:47 pm

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I always buy lightest, cheapest quickdrying pants available. Now up to 5 pairs, One saved for car travel, two that I have managed to get paint or something else on with no change in useability and two others that are my primary backpacking pants. Most of my hiking is in shorts so, usually, I don't wear long pants until I set up camp at the end of the day. Only in dry weather less than 45° will I wear long pants when hiking. Anytime it is above freezing and wet I wear shorts--It is easier to dry off my legs than the pants.

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Re: Hiking Pants

Postby rlown » Wed Feb 27, 2013 9:32 pm

I've moved from shorts to pants in the last 3 years. I just get marine surplus pants. I like them as they do have extra useful pockets, double seat, double knees and they are wind proof and dry fast if I wade in them. And, they're cheap. Not having to put sunscreen on my legs or accidentally miss a spot makes it better for me and my sleeping bag.
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