Hiking in Utah, Testing the Best Hiking Pants of 2019

The Best Men’s Hiking Pants of 2020

With a focus on comfort, durability, and performance, we’ve found the best men’s pants for hiking and trekking. Get ready to hit the trail.

腿是人体的主要动员小组,和pants are their first line of defense. With innovative fabrics, today’s pants can shed water, block the sun, deflect sharps, and still look great while reliving the experience over burgers and brew.

为some real-world feedback, we brought a crop of the latest pants with us to the Andean cloud forests, deep desert canyons, high mountain peaks, and more everyday scenarios (read: punching the keyboard at work).

Finding the Best Hiking Pants

With summer in full swing and the first cooler days of autumn just around the corner, it’s safe to say that we’re all looking forward to logging some miles on the legs.

And because these klicks will likely be spent tromping through hot, dusty days and cool, buggy nights, we look for pants that offer superior breathability, a durable water-repellent (DWR) coating, good SPF, and pockets to keep our backcountry everyday carries close at hand.


加冕与带循环(或更好的是,一个中国ated belt) and cuffed with a drawcord, we like a pant that doesn’t pull below the fold and value being able to hoist the ankles mid-leg.

While there isn’t a single pair of pants that work for everyone, we’ve tested a variety of pants and broken them down into relevant categories. And if you need help choosing the right hiking pants, jump to our buyer’s guide at the end of this article.

Best Men’s Hiking Pants

Best Overall:Fjallraven Abisko Midsummer Pant($145)



The butt and legs are reinforced with a Fjallraven’s G-1000 fabric. It’s lightweight but durable and waxed for superior weather protection. The pants are paired with a breathable four-way-stretch fabric, allowing you to scramble up the mountain without feeling restricted.



At 10 ounces, these pants are truly lightweight and breathe incredibly well on those hot summer days. One of our favorite parts of the pant is the 10-inch thigh zippers that spill the heat on a hike.

Need even more ventilation? Simply pull the cuff over the calves and cinch them with the drawcord. We’ve used these while hiking and camping, and they still look good as new.


适合:True to size
DWR:Reinforced G-1000 patches are waxed

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Best Scrambler:prAna Stretch Zion Pant($89)


If you were to pick an industry favorite, prAna’s Stretch Zion would likely be at the top of the heap. Over 600 reviewers on prAna’s own site gave the Stretch Zion a five-star review. Year after year, review after review, the Stretch Zion — like its canyon namesake — stands the test of time, and it makes our list again this year.

The Zion is woven from a nylon-spandex blend that has a forgiving flex and just enough protection to deflect chaparral and granite.

A clever integrated belt buckle is offset from the fly. And two angled cargo pockets silhouette the legs to holster a map or phone.


他们还穿着短裤($ 69)及可换股长裤($ 95),可用。

布:97% nylon, 3% spandex
适合:True to size
Sun protection:50-plus UPF
底线:A do-all pair of pants styled for climbing but great on the trail and can pass for the city without looking like you walked off the Camel Trophy series

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Best Budget Hiking Pants:REI的Co-op大草原路线裤($55)



The Savanna’s straight lines are reinforced at the knees and graced with articulated and gusseted construction to prevent backcountry blowouts and allow increased mobility. The deep front pockets billow slightly to swallow oversized items, and a zippered stash pocket in the back secures your valuables.

The pants have an elastic drawcord that allows you to keep the lower legs cool on hot days.

The Savanna’s material provides a soft, brushed surface that whispers down the trail. Sporting a 50-plus UPF rating and a DWR coating, it sheds light rain and keeps dewy brush from saturating through. On the downside, we found that the fabric’s soft, almost micro-brushed surface collects lint, which stands out on dark-colored fabric.


布:The nylon fabric is static and offers little-to-no stretch, but the gusseted and articulated construction allows more freedom
Sun protection:50-plus UPF
底线:The Savanna is soft to the touch but still blocks the elements like a hard-nose; the low price makes this our best buy for those on a budget

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最佳敞篷徒步旅行裤子:Outdoor Research Equinox Convert Pants($99)

Outdoor Research Equinox Convert Pants

可转换的裤子看起来是一个艰难的完成without looking like an NPR journalist on a book safari. Fortunately, OR released a convertible pant that pulls double duty, winning both functionality长相。



A 9-inch vertical side zipper gives you enough room to pull the pant leg over your boots. An extra 3 inches of fabric drapes below the zipper, giving you a presentable 10-inch short that rides just above the knees. The whole setup is easy to zip on and off and tucks cleanly away for a smooth finish.

Choose these if you get hot easily, like hiking in shorts, and want a durable, comfortable, do-all pair of convertible hiking pants. And for the convertible skeptics — you know who you are — the Equinox makes the convertible pant look sharp.

布:95% nylon, 5% spandex
适合:True to size
底线:为hikers who are prone to overheating or those who want functionality in variable weather without packing extra clothes

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Best Pants for Bushwhacking:1620 Workwear Shop Pant($ 196)

1620_THE SHOP裤

Ifyour hiketakes you off trail and through brush and brambles, a tough pant is a must. But you also don’t want a pant that limits mobility. That’s where the 1620 Shop Pant shines.


Treated with a DWR coating, the Shop Pants shed water, stains, and mud well. But these pants are fairly warm, so look elsewhere for hiking in very hot weather.

They’re tough as nails, which is nice when hiking through skin-clawing thorns and branches. For a versatile work pant that does great on the trail, these are a solid choice.

We’ve been testing these pants for nearly 3 years now, and they’re incredibly tough. And yes, they’re expensive. But given the abuse they’ve taken — from thrashing through brambles while pheasant hunting to grating against rocks while scrambling — we’d say they’re worth the price.

适合:True to size
Unique elements:军用规格的按钮,YKK拉链

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Best of the Rest: Hiking Pants



Rab produces some of the finest户外apparel, and the Calient pants fall in line. The merits are in its restrained British design.

The slim-fit pant runs true to size and has a sleek, unobtrusive profile, made from Matrix synthetic fabric. The fabric doesn’t have a lot of give, but with the articulated cuts and anatomical yoke, the pant moves well with the body. The result is a durable but soft-to-the-touch pant that breathes well while on the move.

The pair of hand pockets and right thigh pocket zip up tight and out of the way. The mesh hand pockets are reinforced with the same static fabric on the pant, so dads carrying rocks and sharps don’t have to worry about pocket wear. And if you like to keep your kit stowed away neatly, the pant rolls up inside the left pocket, zipping into a softball-size package that disappears in the pack.



布:100% Polyamide plain weave with a brushed finish, sewed with four-way-stretch panels for articulation freedom
适合:Slim, true to size
Sun protection:30加UPF
底线:Plucky and undramatic, like a Defender 90 on the trail, the Calient is a fantastic option for a reliable warm-weather pant

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Backcountry Active Utility Pant($90)


Cargo pants can be clunky, carry too much, and are rarely (if ever) an attractive look. Backcountry slid in a pair of slim, vertical-zippered pockets that saddle close to the thighs without feeling like you’re strutting with loaded bike panniers.


The Utility Pant is constructed of a double-weave, brushed softshell fabric. Warm, stretchy, durable, and washed with a protective DWR coating, the material approaches alpine utility with jean styling.

We found that these pants run slightly large, but it’s nothing a belt can’t work with. And we appreciated the snaps, which can serve double duty, both pegging the pants around the ankle and pinning on the leg when things heat up.

Best of all, this pant is currently a steal at $68 from Backcountry.

布:88% poly, 12% spandex
适合:True to size, with a little extra room

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Arc’teryx Gamma LT($ 189)


We’ve been wearing an original version of this pant for nearly 20 years, taking it rock climbing, mountaineering, bushwhacking, spring crud skiing, and on cross-country mountain runs. The pocket zipper has pulled off and the DWR has worn off, but the pant material is still — by nearly every measure — as good as new. It’s a cockroach: virtually bombproof. We can’t kill it.

The Gamma LT has only improved in years since its inception. Arc’teryx has put cord inside the pant hem, updated the belt, and sewed in a thigh map pocket. It’s seen a recent upgrade in materials that still brings four-way stretch with snag-proof protection. But now it has a more comfortable skin-facing side.


布:88% nylon, 12% elastane
适合:True to size
重量:12 oz.
底线:为climbers and hikers who push their pants to the limit; well-suited to wet conditions

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Norrona falketind flex1($179)

Norrona Falketind flex1 pants

可调节性,透气性和实用性走到一起Norrona的falketind flex1登山裤。博览会防水 - 够云雾缭绕,天蒙蒙光溢出 - 和有弹性的面料做出的通过可变的户外地形和气候下舒适的佩戴。

But two large side zips along the thigh and two lower gusset zippers add the most versatility to these synthetic pants. Open the vents to dump heat and adjust the lower leg zippers to accommodate large hiking boots or low-cut trail shoes.

Velcro straps allow you to dial in fit, and all pockets have zippers to help keep stowed items secure. Beyond the pants’ utility, Norrona also incorporated some noteworthy sustainability hits. At least 50% of the fibers are recycled, the DWR is PFC-free, and the falketind flex1 received both Bluesign and Oeko-Tex certifications for environmentally responsible practices.

布:Proprietary flex1 fabric (softshell, stretch)
重量:15 oz.
底线:Excellent all-around outdoor pants with great breathability and solid construction

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How to Choose the Best Hiking Pants

Pant Length & Versatility


Convertible pants are the ultimate 2-in-1. The legs zip off and can be worn as shorts or pants. They’re a great option for variable weather and multiday hikes where you want more options and less gear to pack.OR’s Equinox Convert是我们的首选股为敞篷裤子。

Somewhere in between full-length and convertible lie roll-up pants. These have a tab, button, or drawcord that secures the cuff when rolled up. They offer a bit more cooling and are especially popular in climbing pants, where complete mobility is key. Our overall pick,北极狐的阿比斯库仲夏,has a tidy drawcord to keep the pant leg up.


Being able to move freely is a major concern. Whether running down the trail or scrambling up a rocky patch, you don’t want your pants restricting your movement.

This is where design features like a gusseted crotch, articulated knees, and stretchy materials prove useful. And because every body is shaped differently, it can be helpful to try on a few pairs before buying to ensure a snug (but comfortable) fit.

Weather Protection


The coating washes out over time, so for optimal performance, you’ll want to treat heavily used hiking pants.Nikwax Softshell Proof Wash-Inis an easy way to keep your pants repelling water year after year.

And if you don’t want pants with DWR, theFjallraven Abisko Midsummeris a great option. Fjallraven steers clear of DWR and instead uses wax to up the water resistance.

Additional Features for Hiking Pants

The little extras can really make or break a good pair of pants. Well-positioned cargo pockets, zippered pockets, belt loops, and built-in belts are some ofthe featuresavailable. Whether you want these or not depends on your personal hiking plans and style.

Have a favorite pair of hiking pants we missed? Let us know in the comments for future updates to this article.

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