Hiking trousers are waterproof, lightweight and breathable pants that will keep you warm, dry and comfortable while pacing the trail. They have plenty of pockets for storing compasses, maps and snacks.
You’ll find most hiking trousers have extra articulation in the knee to ease movement. Some hiking trousers even come coated with insect repellent to keep bugs at bay.
So where should you start? Hiking trousers will vary depending on the brand – some will fit you better than others, so it is a good idea to try them on in person before buying. Hiking trousers and climbing trousers often crossover because they are both built for flexible, unrestricted movement.
Here are a few great pairs of hiking trousers you can buy today.
If you are looking for lightweight pair of hiking trousers, make sure you check out the Rab Vertex pants. They are made with Matrix SWS fabric which is lightweight, quick-drying and will last you for years. The Vertex pants will protect you from the sun as they have a rating of SPF 35+. Climbers will appreciate the freedom of movement in the knees and drawstring hems around the ankles. The downside is they don’t have as many pockets as some trousers, but if you like the minimalist look, these trousers are perfect.
Berghaus’ Navigator Stretch trousers are some of the most affordable, good quality hiking trousers out there. They are both resistant to wear-and-tear on the trail plus water repellent in case you get caught in a downpour. They are made with eco-friendly woven fabric called Colourkind, made using a more environmental dying process. There are four pockets – two hand warmer pockets, one zipped security pocket and one zipped back pocket.
The North Face Winter T-Chino trousers are among their bestselling pants for winter hikers. Whether you are taking on Snowdon or just walking your local country footpath, you can guarantee that the Winter T-Chinos will keep you warm. They are waterproof, windproof and breathable with stretchy fabric around the knees for ease of movement. Wear these trousers on their own or with thermals underneath. Either way, these hiking trousers will see you right through those cold winter days.
Craghoppers make excellent hiking gear for both men and women. The women’s Clara pants have NosiLife insect repellent as part of the trousers, so if you are camping out in Scotland, you won’t get attacked by the midges. We like these hiking trousers because they are more fitted than other brands and look casual enough to wear to the pub as well as hiking in the Highlands. They come in both navy and beige.
Columbia’s Back Up Passo Alto pants are a classic pair of hiking trousers. They are made with a sweat-wicking fabric called Omni-Wick which draws moisture away from the body, keeping you cool and dry on the move. This fabric also has a UPF rating of 50 ensuring you are properly protected from the sun. The extra-high back panel means you won’t flash your underpants to everyone on the trail when you’re lighting a fire or adjusting your boots.
Arc’teryx are known for making some of the best hiking, climbing and mountaineering clothing in the world. The Gamma LT pants are among the lightest in their range with great waterproofing and breathability. They are comfortable when wet and super lightweight compared to other hiking trousers. Made with stretchy fabric, they will move with your body whether you a bouldering in Cumbria or hiking in the Peak District.
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