The Best Hiking Pants of 2018   Recently updated !


Montane Terra Pants

Montane Terra Pants

Hiking pants protect your legs against weather and surroundings (rocks, vegetation etc.), and are therefore very useful for different outdoor activities. They differ from regular pants in material and design. Unlike regular pants, hiking pants are quick-drying, moisture-wicking and very durable. Furthermore, hiking pants also provide good freedom of movement and are therefore comfortable to wear on uneven terrain.

Here we selected and reviewed the best hiking pants to make your buying decision a little easier. Hiking pants in this selection are best for three-season hiking (spring, summer and fall) because they are made of quite thin fabrics. If you are looking for winter hiking pants, check out our review of the Best Softshell Pants instead. Softshell pants are perfect for winter conditions because they provide insulation as well as protection against the elements – they are windproof and water-resistant.

In this review we only included high-quality lightweight hiking pants which will keep you comfortable throughout your hikes. If you often hike in rainy weather also check out our review of the Best Waterproof Pants which includes pants that are worn over regular hiking pants for protection against the rain and wind.

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

This selection was updated on the 12th of January 2018.

1. Buying Hiking Pants – What is important?

Material:

Nylon is the most common material for hiking pants because it is very durable and abrasion-resistant. Furthermore, nylon is also quick-drying and moisture-wicking. However, some hiking pants are made of polyester instead of nylon. Polyester has similar qualities as nylon but is less durable. Spandex is usually added to both nylon and polyester for stretch and recovery performance; the respective materials don’t offer good stretch if they are not blended with stretchy fibers such as Spandex.

Some brands use high-performance materials which were carefully developed in labs. An example of such a material is Invista’s Tactel which is super light but offers great tear resistance and durability. Hiking pants made of such materials are typically pricier.

Hiking pants are also often treated with DWR (Durable Water Repellant) so that they repel water (rain) instead of absorbing it. DWR doesn’t decrease the breathability of pants or make them bulky.

Note that cotton pants are not suitable for hiking because cotton absorbs a lot of water and therefore dries very slow. Wet clothes not only increase chafing, but also conduct heat much faster than dry clothes and thus you quickly get cold if you wear wet clothes. To learn more about the materials used for hiking pants, check out the pants section in our article What to wear for hiking.

Pockets:

Pockets allow you to quickly store small items which you often need. Therefore, hiking pants should have at least a couple of pockets. The pockets should be easy accessible and deep enough (or zippered) to prevent items from falling out while you are hiking.

Weight:

Hiking pants are not among the heaviest items of hiking clothing, but it is still a benefit if they are lightweight because lighter pants provide better freedom of movement and are more comfortable to wear.

2. The Best Hiking Pants Review

Best Hiking Pants

Best Hiking Pants

The Best Hiking Pants – List

  1. prAna Stretch Zion Convertible
  2. Montane Terra Pants
  3. Columbia Silver Ridge Convertible
  4. ExOfficio Sol Cool Nomad Pants
  5. Craghoppers Classic Kiwi

Comparison:

Feature/Product prAna Stretch Zion Convertible PantsMontane Terra PantsColumbia Silver Ridge Convertible PantsExOfficio Sol Cool NomadCraghoppers Classic Kiwi Pants
Material97% Nylon, 3% SpandexTactel (Nylon)Nylon, Omni-Wick Mesh Panels 100% Nylon65% Polyester, 35% Cotton
Pockets62+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 hiking pants are very light and quite thin. Therefore, they are perfect for hiking, trekking or mountaineering in summer, spring and fall. The hiking pants are made of nylon to offer great durability and abrasion-resistance. As Spandex fibers are added to the fabric, they also provide good freedom of movement and stretch. The fabric also features a DWR (Durable Water Repellant) coating and thus the pants provide some basic protection against rain. The prAna pants can be easily transformed into shorts as they are equipped with zip-off legs. This is very useful for hiking in quickly changing weather. The leg zippers do not cause any discomfort because they are covered with fabric on the inside. Additionally, the prAna 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. The prAna Stretch Zion Convertible pants are very comfortable and offer great functionality. Therefore, they rank first in this selection of the best hiking pants.

 

Pros:

  • Functionality
  • Durability
  • Comfort
  • Convert to shorts

Cons:

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Montane Terra Pants

Montane Terra Pants

2. Montane Terra Pants

Suitable for:

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

 

The Montane Terra pants are a little thicker than the prAna Stretch Zion Convertible pants above and therefore warmer and suitable for a wider range of conditions. Nevertheless, the Montane pants are super lightweight – they weigh merely 12 ounces. They are made of Invista’s Tactel fabric which provides great breathability and tear resistance but is at the same time super light. The material is also pleasant to the touch (it feels like cotton) and dries eight times faster than cotton. The Montane Terra 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 2 zippered hand pockets. An additional zippered pocket for storing valuables is inside the right hand pocket. The Montane Terra pants are, due to great functionality and durability, a great choice for dedicated mountaineers and hikers. They also come with a minimalistic belt.

 

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
  • Travelling
  • Everyday use

 

The Columbia Silver Ridge Convertible hiking pants are super light and thus perfect for hiking in warmer climates. They are made of nylon and equipped with Omni-Wick mesh panels (57% recycled polyester, 43% polyester mesh) for better breathability. The nylon area is very thin but as it is reinforced with interwoven threads at regular intervals (ripstop), it provides good durability. The nylon area also offers great protection against the sun (UV radiation) as it utilizes the Omni-Shade technology. The Columbia Silver Ridge Convertible pants convert to shorts (as the name suggests); the lower legs can be zipped off and stored in the side pockets or a backpack when the temperatures get high. The leg zippers are covered with fabric on the inside, so they do not rub or chafe your skin. The Columbia pants also feature an 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 pants come with a minimalistic belt and are best for those who need a pair of light quick-drying pants 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 Sol Cool Nomad Pants

ExOfficio Sol Cool Nomad Pants

4. ExOfficio Sol Cool Nomad Pants

Suitable for:

  • Hiking
  • Trekking
  • Backpacking
  • Travelling
  • Everyday use

 

The ExOfficio Sol Cool Nomad hiking pants are very comfortable and provide good functionality. They are made of lightweight nylon and thus they provide good durability and abrasion-resistance. However, they are not very stretchy as the fabric doesn’t contain any elastane fibers. The fabric is coated with Teflon+ and thus repels water, but the Teflon coating also protects against stains while not decreasing the overall breathability of the garment. The ExOfficio pants feature two hand pockets, two back pockets and two zippered leg pockets. The ExOfficio Sol Cool Nomad pants are best for those who need a pair of pants for a broad range of activities – they are good for hiking as well as for everyday use and travelling. However, as they are less technical than the products reviewed above and therefore not the best option for mountaineering, climbing etc.

 

Pros:

  • Design
  • Price
  • Comfort

Cons:

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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 budget hiking pants which provide good functionality and comfort. These hiking pants are made of a mixture of polyester and cotton. Therefore, they are very breathable and soft to the touch. However, due to the high content of cotton fibers in the fabric (35%) they dry slower than the products listed above. The fabric is thin because the pants are primarily designed for summer hiking. The Craghoppers Classic Kiwi pants can, however, be also used in spring and fall, depending on the temperatures. The pants feature an elastic waistband, minimalistic belt, reinforced knees and seat as well as 9 pockets – 5 of them are zippered. The Craghoppers Classic Kiwi pants are best for those who want a pair of high-quality pants but have a tight budget.

 

Pros:

  • Price
  • Pockets
  • Reinforced seat and knees
  • Breathability

Cons:

  • Drying time

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