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How to find the best hiking pants (or leggings)

How to find the best hiking pants

A hike can be as long as a walk through the park up to a multi-day backpacking trip or 100km in 24 hours…. (the photo is from my 100km walk in September 2018).

For shorter hikes/walks, comfy Jeans can be ok for you, but if you want to hike longer and feel comfortable at the same time, you would need the best hiking pants that will protect you against harsh weather, and abrasion is very important.

Below you will find some recommendations for the best hiking pants or leggings. 

  • If you are a newbie when it comes to hiking gear, you can also check the guide for more information about what you should look for when looking for the best hiking pants. (click here)
  • And how to find the best hiking leggings->click here

Womens hiking pants /leggings recommendations:

Our favorites:

1)Prana halle pants* 

Lightweight, made out of 97% Nylon and 3% Spandex. Breathable, drying quickly, and durable, these pants are great for hiking, climbing mountains. They can also get easily rolled up to knee and fastened. UPF 50. 

2) Columbia Saturday trail pants* 

another awesome pair of lightweight, very comfortable and breathable hiking pants. Can protect against light rain.  UPF 50. 

An affordable option compared to more expensive outdoor pants. The articulated knees will give you mobility and you can convert them into capri pants. 

3)Arc`teryx*

our favorite choice for rainy days. Water resistant and very quick drying.

Not great for a hot summer day though because they are not convertible.
If you are going to plan a hiking trip in rainy weather or Alpine conditions the price is worth it.

4) Mountain Hardwear* 

A very comfortable pant for hiking. 
Made from very soft and stretchy material. It has a few pockets for keys, etc.
Breathable and caused to the thin material makes it more of a summer pant than a warm winter pant.

It is sadly not a very durable pant. After a couple months of regular wearing these pant didn’t look so nice anymore. But unless the look they were still good to wear on the trail and still very comfortable.

5) Legging from Fjällräven** 

is a very durable trekking tight. Made with highly functional stretch fabric.

The reinforcements over the rear and knees can easily handle contact with stones and sharp rocks and resist the moisture when you are sitting or kneeling on some damp ground. 

It is an expensive pant but worth it if you do real rough terrain trekking.

6) the Luminary from Columbia**.

Another great and comfy legging for hiking. The moisture wicking fabric will move perspiration away from the skin quickly.

A four way stretch fabric will improve your range of motion.

7) prAna Ashley womens capri leggings

One of my favorite for summer or a little warmer weather. With some socks going up to the knee you could even wear them on some colder autumn hikes.

So many hiking pants are dark colored so I love that these are available in a little brighter colors.

8) Slim fit tights from Icebreaker**.

These tights made from sustainable Merino wool are perfect for some cold weather hiking, or even trail running and some nordic skiing.

The material is soft, and the tight is stretchy and breathable. 

The have flatlock seams, a gusseted design, and they also function as a base layer under a rainproof shell for some snowboarding, or skiing or winter hiking in stormy conditions.

Extra: Columbia women’s storm surge pant**.

Lightweight, waterproof and breathable pants from Columbia. They feature an Omni-Tech exterior for an ultimate protection when you are gonna be hiking into stormy, rainy conditions.

Because they have a wide leg opening that can be strapped closed, they are very easy to slip on and off over your boots. They are great in protecting you against wind and rain as a layer on top of your favorite leggings.

Mens hiking pants/trail-run leggings recommendations:

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