Walking and Hiking in the outdoors is often an amazing and freeing experience so it is no surprise having clothing to compliment the lifestyle, perform in a range of environments and stay comfortable throughout a long trek is important, so like with our other equipment reviews we have looked at the best technical bottoms over the past year to produce a Top 5 Walking Pants 2015 guide to help you find the best pair for your needs.
There are a fair few factors to consider when choosing a decent pair of Walking or Hiking Pants besides which ones look better and fit well as they have to perform well in the environment you could be in and ensure plenty of protection against the elements. Other things to consider may even be down to how many pockets required for organising essential gear that needs to be at hand quickly such as maps, torches, sustenance and in certain cases compatibility with other garments and backpacks can come in handy as well. Certain brands use specific technologies along with exclusive fabrics and fibres that can determine how well they perform and maintain comfort in a specific climate or weather conditions as some can repel water and others are breathable for example so we have aimed to not only choose from the top Walking Pants but showcase a varied selection as well for as many eventualities as we can find.
Columbia Silver Ridge Cargo Pants
Designed for warmer and sunnier climates, the Columbia Silver Ridge Cargo Pants are made primarily from Omni-Shade fabric which gives UPF 50 protection from UV rays and Nylon Silver Ridge Ripstop so they’re also light, durable and will help stop any snags from becoming tears. These Columbia Pants have cooling Omni-Wick mesh panels in strategic positions and in some of the pocket liners for the most effective breathability. The pockets have secure, yet easy to use closures; two are hook & loop and another has a zip security feature while overall movement is free due to Gusset detailing and elastic sections around the waist.
The North Face Paramount Peak 2 Convertible Pants
You have the best of both worlds with The North Face Paramount Peak 2 Convertible Pants as not only are they a quality pair of pants but features removable parts to allow them be worn as shorts as well. A 70 Denier, Nylon Faille fabric weave keeps them tough and resistant to abrasion, so are ready to tackle most treks and trails and offer UPF 30+ so will help to protect against prolonged exposure to sunlight on overcast and sunny spells. A Durable Water Repellent finish means that during a light downpour, most moisture will bead and run away while being fast drying as well. The Paramount Peak 2 trousers have plenty of pockets to use, two each of hand, front and Velcro Cargo pockets, plus a dedicated mobile phone pocket so everything you need readily available can be organised.
Rab Vapour Rise Guide Pants
The Rab Vapour Rise Guide Pants are built to be worn during winter conditions like Alpine trails and Polar treks. Multiple technologies, innovations and fabric types have been brought together so that they are durable, offer water and windproof protection, breathability, plus warmth through a dual layer of Pertex Equilibrium softshell and Vapour-rise fleece lining for a comfortable maintained internal climate. Kick patches ensure areas at risk of abrasion, particularly from wearing boots are more durable and resistant to wear. To add to the cooling options there are leg vents which can be unzipped when needed, while two hand warmer pockets will help to keep your digits warm. The Rab Vapour-Rise Guide Pants have a lasting comfy fit from the partially elasticated waist and stretch fabric that also allows an abundance of natural movement which is handy if you need to move fast or climb.
Montane Terra Pants
Highly versatile and built for all year-round, the Montane Terra Pants manage to incorporate Tactel and Cordura, sewn together with twin needle seams for a lasting, durable, quick drying and fairly lightweight garment that enables a four-way stretch. The Tactel has also been coated with Teflon so is both water and wind resistant, plus gives UPF 40+ protection as well. You have plenty of temperature control with the Montane Terra Pants as two mesh-lined vents in each thigh can be accessed on quarter length zips for the creation of airflow during active periods or alternatively the adjustable press studs at the ankles can create a close fit to minimise heat loss in cooler conditions. Each pair also has articulated knees for precise, high movement, zips pockets for essentials and a tailored waist to reduce the fabric bunching together.
Mountain Hardwear Chockstone Midweight Active Pants
These Mountain Hardwear Chockstone Midweight Active Pants are ideal for the trails and even climbs that require you to be on the move. Similar to the last pair these are made with a 4-way stretch softshell fabric, but in this case a Chockstone blend of Nylon and Elastane provides not only a reliable fit but complete freedom of movement and use with a harness or backpack which is helped by the full inseam gusset and articulated knees. Besides being durable these also have DWR which causes moisture to bead and be repelled away from the fabric plus handy features like a Micro Chamois lined waist and an integrated webbing belt for greater comfort when using a pack plus attaching varying equipment you may need along the way.
One of our Top 5 Walking Pants for 2015 will hopefully be the right match for your next walk or hike whatever the time of year, or type of terrain whether a high altitude Alpine trail or a trek through wet woodlands so you can walk with confidence and comfort.