Top 5 Best Men’s Hiking Pants

If you’re looking for the best men’s hiking pants that will also be great for travel you’re in the right place. We love packing light so we look for versatile clothing that is good quality, fit, and is stylish. Below are our top five favorite men’s hiking pants and we used three categories to find the best men’s hiking pants. The first priority in our review was function and whether they had features like stretch, durable, good quality fabric that will last, and useable pockets. The second was the ability to work well for travel. We look for lightweight options that are easy to pack and quick-dry fabrics that work well on the trail as well as washing on the go. We expect a lot from our gear and style is also important. 

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Round-up of the Best Men’s Hiking Pants

prAna Stretch Zion Pants

These are lightweight, quick-drying pants with a durable water repellent (DWR) finish and UPF 50+ sun protection. We like the cinch belt system, roll-up leg snaps and ventilated inseam gusset. There is a zip pocket included on the side of the cargo pocket for dual entry. They have a more relaxed fit with a straight leg. They also have a convertible option in this same pant if that’s preferred.

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KÜHL SilencrPant

These pants are lightweight, very durable, and are perfect for hiking and adventuring. They have a water-resistant finish and have a sun protection of UPF 50 and have a lot of stretch. There are a total of seven pockets and they have a gusseted crotch for movement. They look great and come in either tapered or full fit. Check out the full line of KÜHL men’s hiking pants.

Outdoor Research Men’s Ferrosi Pants

These pants are consistently top rated and get rave reviews from customers for a reason. They are very lightweight, quick-dry hiking pant that is very good quality. The fabric has lots of stretch, is abrasion-resistant, and also provides UPF 50+ sun protection. We like the zip thigh pocket, lined waistband and the drawcord cuff closure is a nice option for raising or making the legs narrower for certain activities. They also have a convertible option in this same pant if that’s preferred.

Mountain Hardware AP Pant

These pants have a unique combination of performance and style. They are made from a blended canvas fabric that is comfortable, durable, and has a bit of stretch but not as much as the others. They’re a heavier weight so do take longer to dry, but this means they also provide greater protection during more rugged hikes or activities and they also include a roll-up snap feature for the legs with reflective detail. They provide UPF+50 sun protection and have two secure-zip back pockets. These are skinny, narrow fit but look nice enough for an all-day pant.

REI Co-op Sahara Guide Convertible Pants

These pants pack in a lot of features for a reasonable price. They’re very lightweight, have an elastic waist and quick-drying fabric that makes for easy washing while traveling or backpacking. But the lightweight design may not hold up from a durability standpoint if it’s a rugged hike or rock climbing. They do have quite a bit of stretch as well as drawcord hems which allow you to convert them to jogger style. They have UPF 50+ sun protection and durable water repellent (DWR) finish. The zip-off legs transition easily to shorts and zip together for convenient storage. A relaxed style with a straight leg and not many colors to choose from. 

Lastly, we hope you found this roundup of the best men’s hiking pants helpful. We try to find that perfect balance of great features, fit, and style that work for hiking as well as travel. Whether you’re hiking in the mountains, backpacking, or adventuring during travel these pants are sure to stand up to whatever you throw at it. Let us know what your favorite hiking pants are and whether there are any others we should check out. If you’re looking for other gear reviews, check out our Ultimate Hiking Gear for Kids and Women’s Sun Protection Shirts.

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  1. […] Lastly, no single type of sun protection provides complete protection. The Skin Cancer Foundation advises using clothing, sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, and shade together for all-around sun safety. Whether you’re hiking in the mountains or working all day outside a sun protection shirt can be a great option to provide additional protection from the sun’s harmful rays. Let us know what your favorite women’s hiking shirt is for hot weather. Check out our other gear reviews posts Ultimate Hiking Gear for Kids or Top 5 Best Men’s Hiking Pants. […]

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