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Mrs. BD and I are back in weekend hiking mode. I really do not like vigorous hikes when it's above 75 degrees F.
Let's talk about non-winter hiking pants for men and women. Water-repellent, not waterproof. (For waterproof, you can roll up those light-weight REI waterproof overpants in your daypack. With a good long zipper, they are easy to pull over your hiking boots if you are a cat and hate getting wet.)
Hiking and trekking pants are for long hikes with serious terrain, not for two-hour walks in the woods in nice weather when cut-off blue jean are perfect if there are no bugs. I've tested out several pairs of hiking pants. To be comfortable on hills, they have to have a little stretch to them. They also have to resist tears from brush and to be rugged enough to hold up to rock scrapes and random falls. Plus it is nice if they are light-weight, not baggy, and comfortable.
The baggy ones are not pleasant to wear, and flap like crazy in wind. Most of the ones that are convertible to shorts are baggy. I like my Prana hiking pants, which are also great for weekend chores.
Many regular mountain hikers like Montane (example in photo). I guess REI has most of the ordinary things that outdoor active people might need.
What sorts of things do you use for rugged hiking?
I still haven't found anything I like better than the Columbia Silver Ridge, but I know they must be out there. I have 1,000 posts about hiking on my site above. I really enjoy your blog and often reference it here: http://www.finnsheep.com/Steve's%20Blog.htm Thank you.
Google "rail riders", they sell hiking pants and shirts.
I like the pants with zip off legs so I can hike cool in the afternoon heat. I like pockets, lots of pockets and a front zipper pocket hidden inside a front pocket for my wallet (don't want to lose that in the outback). Man made materials for quick drying, lightness and toughness. zip legs at least calf high to allow putting them on and taking them off over boots. A tight weave material to repel insects. Green, khaki, grey or tan, not too light a color that shows dirt.
I always try on pants before I buy them the actual size seems to vary and sometimes they just aren't comfortable.
REI, Columbia and even Walmart are good places to look.
Not much hiking, but when I do, or bust brush while hunting, I just wear BDU's. 29 years in the Army may have done it to me, but, no dirt, no rocks, no bugs. They dry fast, resist tears and abrasion, and the bloused boots keep out the junk.