A good pair of hiking pants does more than just cover your legs. With high tech fabrics, water repellent treatments, and extreme breathability, your hiking pants are as indispensable as a good pack or rain shell. We’ve tested some of this year’s best to find you your next pair.
From trail to office, these pants are our favorites for pure performance. The stretch fabric and slim fit lend themselves well to any outdoor activity. Ours have stood up to bike grease on commutes, serious granite climbing routes, and many miles of hiking. Quite simply, these pants will last much longer than your legs will.
For climbers looking for a little extra style on the wall or in the gym, the AP Pant from Mountain Hardwear is your ticket to all day comfort. The cotton-nylon blend has enough stretch to help you nail that spread out bouldering move. Snap closure cuffs roll up for extra mobility. The only thing that will give these away in the office is the chalk stains from your early morning climbing session.
For hot climates, the Ex Officio Sandfly pants are hard to beat. They’ve been treated with an insect repellent that will last for 70 washes. Mesh panels on the inseam help you ventilate when the heat and humidity get oppressive. It’s also got an easy-to-use front security pocket, so you can always keep hands on your wallet and phone when traveling and hiking.
The Ferrosi pants were built for bad weather days at your favorite crag. These ripstop-spandex blend pants excel in rocky terrain and wet environments. The fit is specifically for serious alpine climbing boots, and features drawstring closure at the cuffs for extra protection. Even the waist is designed to fit well under a climbing harness.
For straight comfort, the Stretch Zion pants are the softest and stretchiest we’ve tested – all while being nearly indestructible. It doesn’t hurt that they feature a serious DWR treatment and comfort waistband. For long miles under a backpack, and limited options in apparel to pack in for a long trip, these are the pants we reach for every time.