Posted by Jeff on Nov 2, 2020 @ 7:05 am in Hiking News | 0 comments | Last change: November 1st, 2020
Hiking pants are an essential part of every outdoor kit: they protect your legs from the weather, UV rays and many natural hazards. Some may even wear double duty as acceptable business casual wear. But a good couple can be hard to find. This is especially true for women as there are so many variables involved: leg length, hip width, thigh muscle circumference, buttock size. Whether you’re short or tall, short or oversized, you likely have a very specific list of criteria when looking for pants.
So Outside Magazine set out to find the best hiking pants for a variety of conditions and body types. Within three months, seven women tested more than 30 pairs of 24 brands. In doing so, they covered almost a thousand miles on paths that stretch across the globe from South America to Asia.
The testers were all avid hikers who came in a variety of body shapes and sizes – tall, petite, lean, muscular, curvy. They were between 25 and 59 years old. Among them were several equipment writers, a photographer, an actor, and a few professional guides. They weathered storms and waded through knee-deep puddles of mud in Patagonia, climbed through waterfalls in the Sierra Nevada, baked under the Jordanian sun, cycled and hiked through the Mongolian steppes and soaked up the rainforest moisture in Peru.
The pants we tested are all marketed as hiking pants, but these days we expect a little more versatility from our clothing. Choosing the right pair starts with identifying how you are going to use them. If you’re planning a trek, you might want pants that dry quickly and can be turned into shorts on hot days. If you travel, climb, or ride a bike a lot, you might want a couple that does double duty.
See the results …
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