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The weather is getting colder, but that’s not stopping you from suiting up, lacing your boots and heading out to the mountain for a solid hike. But, as the weather becomes a bit more unpredictable, you’ll want clothing that is up for the job.
The last thing that you want on your hikes is to be caught in a rainstorm in cotton pants — uncomfortable, cold and wet. You want to make sure that you have the best hiking pants for your specific hike and your specific body type. For this time of year, make sure you choose a pant that is windproof and water resistant to keep you dry and comfortable. Also, make sure that the material is flexible enough to handle any sort of movement that you may need on your hike! Here are 8 of the best hiking pants that are sure to keep you warm, dry and comfortable in the hills.
As summer turns to autumn and the chilly air nips at your skin, you’re going to want a comfortable pant that keeps you toasty while giving you the flexibility and versatility to climb and hike your favourite mountains. The Mountain Equipment Chamois Soft Shell Pant is designed for the adventurous hill-walker who needs a lightweight mountain pant that is able to flow with difficult terrain and varying temperatures.
The soft shell fabric moves with your body, with a tighter fit around the ankles and a looser fit around the quads. There are two zipped hand pockets and two thigh pockets that have a mesh lining for ventilation. The waist closure system keeps pants in place so you don’t have to keep pulling them up every 10 minutes, and the zippers around the ankles help the pant accommodate all hiking boots.
Buy them now at Great Outdoors.
The Columbia Passo Alto Heat II Pant is equipped with water repellent material, built-in thermal technology, and a completely adjustable fit. These pants eliminate the need to bulky layers and trousers. Moisture-wicking material keeps you dry and comfortable while the ventilated lining allows for a breathable hike. You can also adjust the fit of the pant to make it 100% perfect for your specific needs. The partial elastic waist and leg zippers (for extended opening) allows the pant to meet your standards, and makes sure that you are the most comfortable you can be on a hike!
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These pants were designed for those who wish to have a faster ascent of a mountain or are frequent backpackers. The lightweight nylon fabric is extremely durable and wind resistant. Also, the inner fabric is moisture wicking and the outer shell is waterproof, keeping you cool and dry throughout the climb.
These pants are up for the test in harsh conditions. Articulated knees and durable, flexible seams allow for high-step, elongated movements needed during a rough hike, making them perfect for mountaineering.
Buy them now at Cotswold Outdoor.
The Jack Wolfskin Women’s Sky Trek Trousers are lightweight pants that are a mix between tights and trousers. They are close fitting around the lower leg and a bit wider on the thighs, making them one of the most comfortable pants for hiking. The fit around the waist is adjustable with a drawcord, and the knees are reinforced with Flex Shield fabric that resists wear and tear.
These pants are wind resistant, water repellant, lightweight and breathable with great UV protection. So, make sure you have added these to your hiking kit before you head out for the mountain!
The Salewa Puez Shell Pant is an easily packable, lightweight, weather protectant pant that is ideal for trekking the hills and mountains. These pants are fully waterproof and windproof, and they pack down into their own integrated compression pouch — so they take up little to no room in your suitcase or backpack. These pants should become your new best friend on your hikes. They are comfortable, flexible, and durable. Wear a thin underlayer beneath them to add a little more warmth on chilly hikes, but this outer shell will keep you dry and protected from the elements.
Buy them now on Salewa.
For those of you who want a more fitted pant, these are the trousers for you. The soft, fitted tights are a great pant to take on many of your workouts, including hiking up your favourite mountain. The moisture-wicking fabric keeps you dry as you start to work up a sweat, and the flat-locked seams minimize friction against your skin to prevent chafe. Also, and interior pocket makes it easy to store your phone for quick access if need be.
Buy them now at Wild Side Sports.
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Expecting heavy rain and high winds on your next hike? The windproof shield on the outer shell of the pant keeps heavy wind at bay, and the moisture-wicking material keeps your skin dry and comfortable. Leg zippers at the bottom provide an extended opening for any alpine or hiking boot, and the elastic hem at the top provides a customizable fit. There is also reflective detailing on the pants to keep you safe and sound if your hike happens to start before the sun or as the sun is setting!
These are the ideal, perfect, year-round hiking pants. The outer fabric is highly water-resistant and the pants have four-way stretch to give you amazing flexibility on hikes where it is needed. The Ortler trousers come with two hand-warmer pockets, one zipped security pocket for your valuables, and another rear pocket for anything that you might need during your hike. These high performing pants also have thigh ventilation to regulate your temperature during the hikes. And, the elastic waistband provides added comfort and easy adjustability.
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By Heather Snelgar
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