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Yes What we like: Extremely versatile and stylish. Breathability can be an issue in hot weather. Popular among the outdoors crowd for their comfort and versatility, the prAna Stretch Zion Pants wear well just about everywhere.
Technically designed as a climbing pant, their flexibility and feature set, including a dual access zippered cargo pocket, makes them an excellent choice for hiking and backpacking. You get superior range of motion thanks to a gusseted crotch and stretchy fabric, and we really like the semi-slim fit that moves with you.
To dial in the fit, a low profile waistband adjuster is located to the right of the top button. The stretchy water resistant fabric resembles a lightweight soft-shell, making it a bit more substantial than standard fare hiking pants. This added thickness does make them run a little warmer during summer backpacking. On the flipside, the trustworthy shell fabric, along with its DWR coating, excels at longer backpacking trips where toughness and the ability to handle inclement weather is a must.
The popularity of the Stretch Zions has spawned a huge color selection, meaning you can go with a standard charcoal or khaki or get a little weird and choose among the more colorful options. For hotter climates, prAna makes a convertible version of the Zion that zip off into shorts, and they've also recently released a straight leg model that offers a trimmer cut.
Pockets galore and a great value. Despite the inexpensive price tag, these pants perform well with breathable and quick drying fabric this also makes them popular among travelers. What are the shortcomings of the Silver Ridge? But for hikers and travelers on a budget, the Columbia Silver Ridge pants are the best value on this list. The convertible version is their most popular model, but you can also pick up the Silver Ridge Cargo.
Baggy fit and a bit heavy. The fit of the Renegades is a little baggy for our tastes, but those that like a relaxed cut should find them perfectly suitable. We particularly like its low-profile styling that does a decent job of disguising the zippers. This may be overkill for those prefer to hike without being weighed down, but we appreciate the unobtrusive design nonetheless.
Tough, mountain-ready build with great stretchiness. What sets this softshell pant apart is its fantastic stretchiness, durability, and weight. We wore it all day in the alpine for 9 days while hiking, setting up camp, filtering water, cooking, and lounging, and it came home looking like new. For most 3-season backpacking trips, you can spend significantly less and be just as pleased with the performance.
Stretchy and a great fit. Drawcord adjustment isn't as good as a belt. A quality climbing pant often makes for a wonderful hiking trouser, and the Patagonia Quandary is a great example of this.
Patagonia checks off all the important boxes: More, the fabric is bluesign approved, which means the pants are sourced from and made with sustainable materials.
Both offer good stretch and a just-right athletic fit that pleases climbers and hikers alike, although we prefer the belt adjustment on the prAna's to the Quandry's drawcord. The Patagonia's 3-ounce weight savings and streamlined design may appeal to travelers and summer hikers, but we still prefer the more versatile Stretch Zion for most uses. Premium build and breathability. Pricey for a lightweight hiking pant.
You can use this pant for hiking and backpacking and it also makes a good option for travel. The company always seems to pay attention to the small details and the Lefroy is no exception. However, these pants are considerably more expensive than other lightweight options like the OR Ferrosi and budget Columbia Silver Ridge.
Very light and packable. Button fastener fell off early in our test. The impressively low 8. The pant also has one of the more customizable fit systems with an elasticized waistband, both a button and snap closure, and a removable belt. Along with an athletic cut and articulated knees, the Terra Pack scores highly for trail comfort for those moving fast and light. The thin fabric makes the Terra Pack the lightest on our list, but also surprised us with its versatility.
The pant showed no signs of wear following an extended trek through rough terrain, and the DWR coating shed light rain and snow.
This was a letdown as we appreciated the ability to taper the bottom hem and secure it above our boots. Very tough and durable. We have a hard time getting over the cotton in the G blend.
The Vidda Pro from Swedish company Fjallraven is a different breed. And at 21 ounces, the pant is heavier than any of the options above. But for certain outdoor uses—serious bushwacking in particular—the Vidda Pro can make a whole lot of the sense.
This is by far the toughest hiking pant on this list with fully reinforced knees and butt. More, the thickness of the G fabric allows you to move through brush and slide over rocks without worrying about tears. You also get a decent amount of extra warmth and protection for downtimes and sitting around camp at night.
For waterproofing, Fjallraven recommends applying their environmentally-friendly beeswax for added protection. We like the concept but it lacks in practicality. Tough construction but breathable. Disappointing fit and less stretchy than our top picks. REI makes fantastic tents, but their clothing hasn't always been up to snuff compared to other outdoor gear brands.
Enter the new Screeline Technical, which is durable and flexible in a similar way as the prAana Stretch Zion above although not quite as stretchy , making it a popular option for hiking and backpacking. The reinforced Cordura panels in the knees and butt stand up to rough treatment, and the fabric breathes well and dries quickly on the go in the summer heat.
Along with well-placed pockets and an integrated belt, the Screeline is nicely appointed for trail use. We were big fans of the original Screeline, but the updated Technical version feels like a step backward.
One of REI's old issues with apparel was fit, and it appears that this has cropped up again with this new model. The pant fits awkwardly small, and many people have had issues getting a comfortable fit even when sizing up.
With strong competitors like the Ferrosi, Stretch Zion, and Quandary all at similar price points, this is enough to push the Screeline down our list. But if the pant manages to fit you well, it offers a nice combination of toughness and ventilation. Super tough and water resistant. Heavy and overkill for most conditions. Without intending to open a new can of worms, certain types of cold weather hiking and bushwhacking beckons a more serious pant than the options above.
This pant offers an impressive mix of protection from the elements and mobility: For hiking, the double-weave stretch fabric allows for much better range of movement and breathability than you get with a rain pant or hardshell.
Keep in mind that the Cirque is a specialty pant. The pant is water resistant but not waterproof for a true rain pant see the Marmot PreCip below , meaning that it will eventually soak through in sustained downpour.
And at over 20 ounces, it weighs roughly double most lightweight hiking pants on this list. But for fall, winter, and spring hiking in nasty or off-trail conditions, the Cirque can be your bomber hiking pant. It doubles well for snowshoeing and spring skiing. Lightweight and a good price. For hiking in hot weather, the Marmot Arch Rock offers impressive temperature regulation at a decent price. See the Men's Marmot Arch Rock.
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