Take it in Stride: 9 Best Hiking Pants for Men

by Hailey Hudson

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Photo: Maria Fernanda Gonzalez

When it’s time to hit the trail, the last thing you want to wear is a pair of blue jeans.

The ideal hiking pant is comfortable and flexible, but rugged and moisture-wicking at the same time. Hiking pants need to move with you, but they also need to protect you from the elements.

That’s a pretty long list of qualifications, and that’s why it can be difficult to find a good pair. In this article, we’ve rounded up nine of the best pairs of men’s hiking pants. Grab a pair and enjoy!

Outdoor Research Ferrosi Pants

outdoor research ferrosi hiking pants

In the Ferrosi Pants, Outdoor Research has created a lightweight but sturdy pair of pants that are ideal for rock climbing and hiking alike. These soft shell pants are wind-resistant and water-resistant, breathable, and durable; they block the rain and wind without being too hot.

They’re also durable, great for any kind of terrain. The pants include drawcord ankle adjustments and a pocket with a zipper on the thigh. They come in black, brown, and ivory; they lean toward the expensive side of the price spectrum, but according to the list of five-star reviews, they’re worth it. (Note: the Ferrosi pants are not currently available for international shipping.)

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prAna Stretch Zion Pants

prAna Stretch Zion Hiking Pants

Lifestyle company prAna makes sustainable clothes for traveling, yoga, and any kind of outdoor adventure. The Stretch Zion pants are sold by REI, available in black, charcoal, dark khaki, and “mud.”

Because of the quick-drying, stretchy fabric with a durable water repellent, these pants will serve you in any kind of weather. prAna notes that the roll-up leg snaps and cinch belt system make the pants ready-made for scaling any boulders you might find along the trail.

The pants also have an adjustable waistband, making them easy to fit with plenty of pockets to fill with your essentials, plus sun protection for hot summer days.

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Topo Designs Tech Pants

topo designs tech pants

Topo Designs is passionate about the outdoors and exploring, whether it’s a backyard hilltop or a city halfway across the globe. Their nylon Tech Pants are both lightweight and sealed with a durable water repellent finish.

One rear pocket includes an inner pocket that zips shut to keep your wallet safe. The pants have a tailored fit, but they aren’t constricting, stretch a little to help you move around, and feature a cinch cord lock at the ankle.

Color choices include olive, black, and khaki. The Tech Pants are easy and painless to pack in a suitcase or backpack and bring along to your next adventure.

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Patagonia Quandary Pants

patagonia quandary hiking pants

Patagonia’s Quandary Pants are specifically designed for “the wildest places you can find.” They’re a versatile pair of pants: durable and prepared for technical terrain, but still allowing comfort and movement thanks to the added spandex.

Sustainably made with 94% recycled nylon, these pants also have sun-protective fabric with a UPF 40 rating. Combine this with the durable water repellent finish and the Quandary Pants will make your bottom-half prepared for any kind of weather. The pants have two hand-warmer pockets, two rear pockets, and a side leg pocket (zipper included).

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Coalatree Trailhead Pants

Coalatree Trailhead Pants

Coalatree holds the firm belief that there’s an adventurer in everyone, and that’s why the company creates high-quality, eco-minded gear. They describe their Trailhead Pants as “the outdoor pants you can wear to the office.”

These pants raised over $400,000 to become Kickstarter’s highest funded outdoor pant, and it’s evident why: they’re versatile, comfortable, and all-around great for the outdoors. Made of a durable tear-resistant nylon, the pants are breathable and water-resistant.

And if you often forget to wash your clothes or you’re on the road for weeks at a time without access to a washing machine, no worries: these pants are antimicrobial, discouraging bacteria growth. You can even pack the pants down into the front pocket to use a pillow.

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Foehn Brise Pant

Foehn Brise Pant

With the Brise Pant, rock climbing apparel brand Foehn has created a pair of pants that’s every bit as functional as it is stylish. The stretchy fabric of the pants moves with you, and the pants resist dirt, water, and just about every kind of bad weather.

The waistband and cuff are stretchy, and a pocket on the thigh allows for extra storage. The Brise Pant comes in black, red, blue, or olive. You also get free U.S. shipping, and if the pants aren’t working out after 30 days, send them back and get a full refund.

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Vuori Ripstop Climber Pant

Vuori Ripstop Climber Pant

Vuori makes activewear and performance apparel, but with a twist — most of the company’s clothes are made out of upcycled coconut husks. Made from cotton, the Ripstop Climber pants work well for adventures like hiking and climbing.

The pants are extremely stretchy and flexible. Since shopping online can be difficult, Vuori offers a handy size chart to help you easily figure out what size pant you should purchase. They may be a bit pricey, but these pants are uniquely suited for the outdoors because of their flexibility.

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KUHL Radikl Pants

KUHL Radikl Pants

KUHL makes stylish mountain gear for outdoorsmen who want to be prepared for the elements without sacrificing style. The Radikl Pants are functional and performance-oriented, but they’re equally as wearable for any casual situation.

One of the keys in a good pair of hiking pants is whether they move with you, and the Radikl pants do thanks to the knit fabric panels in the knees and the gusseted crotch. The pants are also extra durable because of the alternate knit fabric pattern. The pants have five pockets and an additional two side pockets.

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REI Co-op Sahara Convertible Pants

rei sahara convertible hiking pants

These quick-drying Sahara Convertible Pants are great for hiking or travel. The stretch fabric gives you full range of motion, and the pants are made of lightweight nylon that’s finished with a durable water repellent.

Easily convert the pants to shorts for hot summer days, and protection from the sun with the pants’ UPF 50+ rating. The pants also include a hidden passport pocket and reinforced cuff backs to protect the pants from any rubbing from your boots.

You’ve got four color options and are an average price compared to other hiking pants. Be aware, however, that the price might betray the quality: some reviewers report that the pants are as durable as more expensive options.

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For more hiking gear, check out our favorite American-made hiking boots, the best hiking backpacks under $100, our breakdown of Osprey Daylite packs or the top packable backpacks for day hikes and travel.

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