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Montane Terra Pack Pants

Montane Terra Pack Pants

A pair of high-quality hiking pants is highly appreciated among hikers, mountaineers and other outdoor enthusiasts as it provides them with comfort, freedom of movement and some basic protection against weather and surroundings (rocks, plants etc). Please note that not all hiking pants are suitable for all conditions – in summer for example you need a pair of relatively thin pants that efficiently keeps you cool on your adventures while winter hiking requires thicker pants, such as those made of softshell materials as they offer good insulation as well as protection against wind, rain and snow.

In this review we selected the best hiking pants that are suitable for 3-season use. We only selected pants that are known for being comfortable, breathable, moisture-wicking and quick-drying. These pants, however, do not offer sufficient protection against weather for hiking in rainy or very windy conditions. If you need pants for such conditions, we recommend you to check our review of the Best Waterproof Pants (this review includes pants that are worn over casual hiking pants in order to increase weather protection).

If you are looking for women’s hiking pants, please check out our Best Hiking Pants for Women review.

This selection was checked and updated on the 19th of January 2017.

1. Buying Hiking Pants – What is important?

Material:

Hiking pants should be breathable, quick-drying and moisture-wicking, which is achieved by using different blends of materials. Nylon is the material most commonly found in hiking pants as it is very durable and offers superb protection against abrasion. Also polyester (less durable than Nylon) is quite often used because it is quick-drying (absorbing only 0.4 percent of its weight in water) and also offers good moisture-wicking properties.  Spandex is usually added to nylon for stretch and recovery performance; by default nylon does not offer stretch at all. Some manufacturers also use special materials that were especially developed in labs in order to offer the best performance possible. An example of such a material is Invista’s Tactel which offers great strength while being very light. Basic protection against rain and wind is usually achieved by applying DWR (Durable Water Repellant) to the fabric. This method is very useful as it doesn’t add additional bulk. To learn more about hiking pants materials check out the pants section in our Hiking Clothing Guide.

Pockets:

Hiking pants should have enough pockets for you to store your hiking and mountaineering accessories. The pockets should be conveniently placed for easy access. In addition to that they should be also deep enough (or at least zippered) to prevent items from falling out.

Weight:

Hiking pants are not among the heaviest items of hiking clothing but it is still desirable if they are as light as possible in order to provide better comfort and freedom of movement. Some hiking pants come with a stuff sack so that they can be easily packed on long trips where you might have more than one pair with you.

2. The Best Five Hiking Pants Review

Best Hiking Pants

Best Hiking Pants

  1. prAna Stretch Zion Convertible
  2. Montane Terra Pack
  3. Columbia Silver Ridge Convertible
  4. ExOfficio Kukura
  5. Craghoppers Classic Kiwi

Comparison:

Feature/Product prAna Stretch Zion Convertible PantsMontane Terra Pack PantsColumbia Silver Ridge Convertible PantsExOfficio Kukura PantsCraghoppers Classic Kiwi Pants
Material97% Nylon, 3% SpandexTactel (Nylon)Nylon, Omni-Wick Mesh Panels 92% Nylon, 8% Elastane65% Polyester, 35% Cotton
Pockets64+1 669
Wind/Rain Protection DWR Tactel /Teflon+/
Convert to shorts YesNoYesNoNo
prAna Stretch Zion Convertible Pants

prAna Stretch Zion Convertible Pants

1. prAna Stretch Zion Convertible Pants

Suitable for:

  • Hiking
  • Mountaineering
  • Trekking
  • Backpacking
  • Climbing
  • Travelling
  • Everyday use

 

The prAna Stretch Zion Convertible pants are fairly lightweight and thin and thus perfect for 3-season hiking, trekking or mountaineering. They are made of nylon and thus offer great durability and abrasion-resistance. As Spandex is added to the nylon for increased stretch and recovery performance, these pants offer great freedom of movement and do not restrict you while doing more technical activities, like for example climbing. The fabric features DWR (Durable Water Repellant) coating and therefore offers some basic protection against rain and wind. The lower legs can easily be zipped off the pants and thus transforming them into shorts. This is a useful feature when hiking in warm climate areas. The leg zippers do not cause any discomfort as they are covered with fabric on the inside. In addition to that the pants feature an adjustable waistband, ventilated inseam gusset and 6 pockets – two back pockets, two deep hand pockets and two side pockets. The side pockets can be accessed from the top as well as from the side (zipper) which comes in handy when you are sitting down. The prAna Stretch Zion Convertible pants are super comfortable and functional and thus we would recommend them to those who want top-performing clothing for their outdoor adventures.

 

Pros:

  • Functionality
  • Durability
  • Comfort
  • Convert to shorts

Cons:

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Montane Terra Pack Pants

Montane Terra Pack Pants

2. Montane Terra Pack Pants

Suitable for:

  • Hiking
  • Mountaineering
  • Trekking
  • Backpacking
  • Climbing
  • Travelling

 

The Montane Terra Pack pants are a little thicker than the above reviewed prAna Stretch Zion Convertible pants and therefore they are warmer and suitable for a wider range of conditions (also for hiking in winter). However, even though the Montane pants are thicker, they are still very light – they weigh merely 280 grams.  The pants are made of Invista’s Tactel fabric which is known for being very breathable, strong and light. In addition, it is also pleasant to the touch (feels similar to cotton) and dries eight times faster than cotton. This sophisticated fabric makes these pants perfect for use in harsh conditions and on long demanding trips.  Additionally, the Montane Terra Pack pants feature articulated knees, snap fasteners and easy accessible pockets. The articulated knees provide great freedom of movement, while snap fasteners allow you to set the size of the leg openings so that they fit perfectly around your footwear. The pants are equipped with 4 zippered pockets. There are two hand pockets, a back pocket and a thigh pocket. The thigh pocket can also be used for ventilation as it is made of highly breathable mesh fabric. Inside the right hand pocket there is an additional zippered “pocket” for storing valuables. The Montane Terra Pack pants are a great choice for dedicated mountaineers and hikers but will also be appreciated by other outdoor enthusiasts. They are available in three different colors and come with a lightweight belt and a stuff sack.

 

Pros:

  • Comfort
  • Material
  • Freedom of movement
  • Snap fasteners
  • Zippered pockets

Cons:

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Columbia Silver Ridge Convertible Pants

Columbia Silver Ridge Convertible Pants

3. Columbia Silver Ridge Convertible Pants

Suitable for:

  • Hiking
  • Mountaineering
  • Trekking
  • Backpacking
  • Climbing
  • Travelling
  • Everyday use

 

The Columbia Silver Ridge Convertible pants are extremely lightweight and thus perfect for use in warmer climates. They are made of Nylon and equipped with Omni-Wick mesh panels (57% recycled polyester, 43% polyester mesh) for increased breathability.  The nylon body is very thin but as it is reinforced with interwoven threads at regular intervals (Ripstop) its durability is significantly increased. In addition, the nylon body offers great protection against the sun (UV radiation) as it features the Omni-Shade technology. The Columbia Silver Ridge Convertible pants (as the name suggests) convert to shorts; the lower legs can be zipped off and stored easily in the side pockets or a backpack when the temperatures get high. The legs zippers are covered with fabric on the inside so that they do not rub or chafe your skin. The pants also feature a partially elastic waistband and 6 pockets – two hand pockets, two back pockets, one zippered side pocket and one Velcro side pocket. The Columbia Silver Ridge Convertible come with a thin lightweight belt and are best for those who need a pair of light and quick-drying pants/shorts for hiking, trekking and other outdoor activities in warm conditions.

 

Pros:

  • Price
  • Weight
  • Breathability
  • Quick-Drying
  • Convert to shorts
  • Comfortable

Cons:

  • Not suitable for colder conditions
  • Not as durable as other pants in this review

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ExOfficio Kukura Pants

ExOfficio Kukura Pants

4. ExOfficio Kukura Pants

Suitable for:

  • Hiking
  • Mountaineering
  • Trekking
  • Backpacking
  • Climbing
  • Travelling
  • Everyday use

 

The ExOfficio Kukura pants provide great functionality and comfort. They are made of a mixture of nylon and spandex. Nylon ensures durability and abrasion-resistance while spandex provides stretch and recovery performance. Due to the high content of spandex in the material (12%) these pants allow great freedom of movement and are suitable for various outdoor activities. The fabric is also coated with Teflon+ and thus repels water, but this repellent also protects against stains while not decreasing the overall breathability of the apparel. The pants feature an elastic waistband, two side pockets, two zippered back pockets and a zippered side pocket.  The ExOfficio Kukura pants are best for those who need a pair of pants for a broad range of activities – they come in handy for sports as well as for everyday use.

 

Pros:

  • Design
  • Stretch
  • Comfort

Cons:

  • Price

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Craghoppers Classic Kiwi Pants

Craghoppers Classic Kiwi Pants

5. Craghoppers Classic Kiwi Pants

Suitable for:

  • Hiking
  • Mountaineering
  • Trekking
  • Backpacking
  • Travelling
  • Everyday use

 

The Craghoppers Classic Kiwi pants are a pair of budget pants that provides quite good functionality and comfort. These pants are made of a mixture of polyester and cotton, and thus provide great breathability, strength and moisture-wicking properties. Due to the high content of cotton in the fabric (35%) they dry a little slower than the products listed above, but they also offer better breathability. The fabric is fairly thin as the pants are primarily designed for summer hiking but they can be also used in spring or fall. The pants feature an elastic waistband, reinforced knees and seat as well as 9 pockets – 5 of them are zippered. They also come with a detachable lightweight belt. The Craghoppers Classic Kiwi pants are best for those who want a pair of functional pants for outdoor activities without spending too much money.

 

Pros:

  • Price
  • Pockets
  • Reinforced seat and knees
  • Breathability

Cons:

  • Drying time

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