The best hiking pants you can buy
- The best hiking pants offer a blend of comfort, durability, and style.
- Whether it's a short day-hike or a multiday backpacking trip, you want the pants to hold up to whatever the outdoors throws at them.
- We tested pairs from brands like Mountain Hardwear, Fjällräven, and REI Co-op to find the best currently available.
Comfort can make or break a hiking trip, and being comfortable starts with the type of pants you choose to wear while on the trail. Novices may think it's fine to throw on a pair of jeans or their favorite sweatpants before setting out, though they'll quickly realize the mistake they've made. Instead, a proper pair of hiking pants helps make any hiking trip, however long, a much more enjoyable experience.
But not every hiking pant is good for all conditions or every type of terrain. Where and how you plan to hike determines the style of pant you'll want to buy. Areas with large elevation changes may fluctuate between warm and cool, so a pair of convertible zip-off pants are best for managing your own body temperature. Additionally, hikes in heavily wooded areas create an opportunity for a branch to snag, or tear, your gear. For trips like these, a durable pant is vital.
With so many outdoor brands offering their own take on a hiking pant, the market is flooded with options. And since there isn't a true "one-hiking-pant-fits-all," it's important to find a pair that supports your specific brand of hiking. To help, we tested a wide range of hiking pants from brands like Columbia, Mountain Hardwear, and Fjällräven, to find the industry's best. Here are our favorite hiking pants currently available.
Here are the best hiking pants you can buy:
- Best hiking pants overall: Mountain Hardwear AP Pant
- Best hiking pants for durability: Fjällräven Abisko Lite Trekking Trouser
- Best water-resistant hiking pants: Prana Stretch Zion Pant
- Best hiking pants for hot weather: REI Co-op Sahara Roll-Up Pant
- Best zip-off hiking pants: Columbia Silver Ridge Convertible Pant
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