All outdoor trails and adventures require top-spec walking trousers for durable, technical and comfortable hikes through a variety of terrains. Unlike normal trousers or jeans, walking trousers are much more flexible, strong and protective with extra layers of material or waterproof features. We know different hikers require different technical features such as extra knee padding, flat seams or insulation, wind and waterproofing, so we’ve chosen a variety from Webtog’s range of excellent trousers.
Montane’s Terra Mens Pants have been created as a serious 4 season mountain pant design. The Cordura, Tactel and Teflon fabrics combine to create a lightweight and comfortable design. The water resistant mountain trouser is extremely durable with 4-way stretch, and these are crucial elements for long or potentially extreme walks. Not only does Cordura shrug off scrapes and scratches, but the extra kick-patches on the knees, calves and bum add extra protection where you need it most. Tactel is wind and water resistant, and Teflon is water resistant to create the perfect combination. With two mesh lined thigh vents, and quarter length zip access, these mountain trousers are breathable and perfect for cooling you down on colder days, or warm enough for chillier days on the trail. Aside from a breathable design, these trousers also feature UV protection of UPF 40+, with a tailored waist for added comfort and a security pocket to safely store keys and cash.
The versatile design and function of these North Face Horizon Convertible Walking Pants make them an obvious choice for our Best 5 this year. Having decades of experience in making some of the toughest outdoor gear in the world it comes as no surprise that these are made from a tough Ripstop fabric that is ultra-lightweight so will endure plenty of wear. The fabric dries fast and has UV protection to UPF 50 so is better suited to warmer seasons, especially with the ability to un-zip the legs so that this TNF Horizon garment can be converted into a pair of shorts for summer climates. Flexibility and movement is abound due to knee articulation and a gusseted crotch so these North Face Horizon Convertible Walking Pants are great for high step movement. A partially elasticised waistband gives control over comfort and fit and in addition to the two side hand pockets there is also a secure side-zip pocket for keeping essentials safe.
The X-Bionic Mountaineering Summer Long Mens Pants combine 6-dimensional elasticity created with high-tech yarns, knitted structure and high elasticity flat seams, to guarantee a perfect fit. These trousers feature strong a abrasion-resistant material with extra guards and the ExpansionKnee with an insulating character when the knees are bent, for supreme insulation that stores warm air inside. The 3D-BionicSphere System at the tailbone conducts sweat through for evaporation, meaning friction sores are interrupted before they even begin. The AirConditioningSpot is a knee hollow that perspires quickly, which dissipates perspiration without a risk of getting too cold. With an inner zipped pocket and rear zippered pocket, these are waterproof and perfect for additional storage. If you’re looking for a premium high-tech summer trouser, these are an ideal choice.
The Rugged II Mountain Pants are a hybrid trekking pant offering exceptional rugged performance. These trousers were created to hit extreme mountains where it’s important to provide protection and function, as showcased by the reinforcement in the rear back and over the knees. These trousers are created from a hardwearing nylon/polyamide combination to create a stretchy, durable fabric with a reinforced leg instep created from 500D Polyamide and a PU coating, These trousers are DWR treated with waterproof membranes, and feature zippered ventilation at the thigh when needed, and have double and triple stitching main seams for extreme durability. Topped with buckle adjustable leg hems, a gaiter hook and hook loops on the belt loops, these trousers are packed with extra features to make the most out of your next trail.
Craghoppers’ Kiwi Pro Active Mens Pants provide great value for money with UV40+ sun protection with the unique Solarshield, along with a water-repellent finish should the weather turn, making these an ideal summer pant, especially with their ability to pack small and non-iron fabric making these the perfect choice to pop in the suitcase. While these do not feature extra fabric for insulation and padding, these are durable and flexible making them ideal for less rugged terrain or fast hikes, with a part-elasticated waist at the side for added comfort. With 4 zipped pockets, there’s plenty of room to pack keys and cash, and these even feature a removable sunglasses wipe for a sunny adventure.
We hope our top pick of walking trousers for 2017 has given you an insight into the different features such as waterproofing, ventilation and durability, and has provided you with the perfect trouser for your next walking or hiking experience. As ever, we’ve awarded three trousers the best value, performance or appearance if you’re still unsure of which trousers are best suited to you.
Best Value: Craghoppers Kiwi Pro Active Reg Leg Mens Pants
These trousers are the cheapest of our top 5 picks, and are the ideal choice for summer or holiday hikes. With top sun protection, water-repellency and the non-iron, pack-small fabric, these are an ideal choice to pack into your suitcase.
Best Performance: X-Bionic Mountaineering Summer Long Mens Pants
These trousers are packed with features unique to these pants, such as the 3D-BionicSphere System, AirConditioningSpot and the ExpansionKnee, for the ultimate in comfort, ventilation and performance. Topped with flat seams and a 6-way stretch, these suit almost every terrain.
Best Appearance: Montane Terra Pants
The juxtaposing panels of these trousers create a unique aesthetic to suit both beginner hikers and advanced adventurers alike. The modern technical cut creates an exceptional tailored fit.