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Looking at a new pair of hiking pants and wanted to see if any of you folks had any brand/model you recommended?  

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What season will they be used.

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Trail hiking or bushwhacking?

Do you care if they zip off to shorts?

Do you want cargo pockets?


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Mostly just a three season pant.  Favorite times to hike are in the shoulder seasons when it's in the 60's during the day and a crisp 30's to 40's at night.  I prefer a pant... not the zip off deals.  Mostly trail hiking...

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Check out the Marmot Scree. I'm sure there are other equivalent softshell pants, but these are what I'm familiar with, and the only long pants I've worn outdoors the last few years. Stretchy, breathable, water and wind resistant, durable, and the most comfortable pants I've ever worn.
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I have a pair of Eddie Bauer convertibles that I really like.  They are the only brand that I've found that don't rub my legs at the zipper connection.  My Royal Robbins regular nylon blend long pants are my to go pants for hiking in cooler weather.

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I have a pair of REI Mistral's (soft shell) that I really like.  They seem pretty comparable to the Marmot Scree mentioned above (though I've never used the Scree's), so maybe that gives you a couple pairs to think about with similar qualities (stretchy, breathable, water/wind resistant) I'd never wear them in the summer (I like a really lightweight pant or shorts then), but they'd work good for the temperature range you mentioned.

Edit: http://www.rei.com/product/815993/rei-mistral-pants-mens-30-inseam  They also come in a 32" inseam length


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I've gotten some decent pants from Craghoppers when they send a sale email. They do run a little small (no way I could be a little fat).

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60's during the day equals shorts for me. I get too hot hiking in pants.

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Yeah that is Kilt weather still.

But, if you need pants then almost any of the brands will meet those needs. Like anything else its fit and features and those are different for each of us.

Seems they all fit differently so you have to experiment

I like prAna Stretch Zion Pants. You can find them on sale at REI often. They hold up well and have a built in belt plus belt loops if you want to have a belt


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They hold up well and have a built in belt plus belt loops if you want to have a belt

That's actually one of the most important features for me.  There is nothing worse than pulling up your pants all day.

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I love  Exofficio pants during the warmer months and North Face pants in the cooler months, as they are thicker.
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I just got a pair of polyester/wool and a pair of 100 percent wool pants that fit, at the goodwill store. I have been looking for a long time and these had the right ticket on them. $2.50 each. I have been wearing the poly wool hiking the last cpl days and they feel good. I have read that lighter wool is cool min warm weather but I'll prob. stick with shorts. I have a pair of soft shell but it has to be pretty nasty out to wear them. Like every thing else it's what fits and you like.
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60's during the day equals shorts for me. I get too hot hiking in pants.

+1   I really like my 100 % Linen shorts, very breathable, dry pretty fast (not as fast as synthetics though), wick pretty good, have great odor control, weigh less than cotton (but more than synthetics), pretty durable and tough. I bought many of them already used and almost all of these are still going strong after years of use.  They are both warmer and cooler than cotton and many other fabrics, cooler when sweat is involved and warmer when it's not because they are hollow fibers.  

For pants, i usually wear Linen pants or Wool pants depending on how cold.  One pair of pants that i really like is a really odd mix of Silk, Wool, and Linen (something like 45%/35%/20%), found them at STP for pretty cheap.  For really cold weather, i have one pair of 80% baby alpaca and 20% sheeps wool pants.  Got a lot of the wool and linen pants used too.  I would like to try a wool/poly blend for increased durability and faster drying time, maybe something like 65% wool and 35% poly would probably be a nice blend.
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I have a pair of Mountain Hardware Mesa convertibles that I swear by.  Great fit and very durable.  Good water resistance and quick drying.  Highly recommend the MW (on sale right now @ Moosejaw $49.99)  I had tried TNF Paramount Peaks in the past but the length always ran way too long even in the short size (I'm 5'8").  Also have a pair of Patagonia GI pants but they are very lightweight & seem very flimsy so they have been relegated to casual wear & travel pants.

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The best pants you can buy, period, are AFTCO Blue Water. Nothing else come close.

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The Ex Officio Amphi Pant (and shorts) are the best pants I've found for backpacking and general hiking. Built in belt with a flat buckle that works great with a hipbelt, properly placed pockets that allow you to get to things when your pack is on, they dry extremely fast when they get wet and they stand up very well to scrapes in the backcountry.

If you're thinking of getting a pair, wait until early 2013. Recent versions did away with the built in mesh liner. Ex Officio has stated that they are bringing that back in the new version.
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Couple of my favorites for what it’s worth:
For three season, Gramicci Quick Dry G Pants.  No zipper, no cargo pockets, no extra weight.
For winter, Arborwear Tech Pants.  7 oz nylon with a soft hand.  Has cargo pockets and a zipper so they do weigh more, but still love how they fit and feel.  I want to try a pair of their Ascender Pants, but haven’t been able to push the “order” button yet.  A little pricey.
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Anyone just wear athletic "wind" pants? You can get them lined and unlined, usually have zippers or snaps at least up to the knee to get them off over shoes, fit on the looser side and are generally pretty comfortable. I have no idea on weight or water resistance but they are synthetic so I'd image at least they would be quick drying. I need some hiking pants myself and I saw this as a lower cost alternative mentioned on a youtube video so I wasn't sure the consensus. I am heading out to REI on Dec. 1 for a members only sale so I hope to maybe grab a pair that day, whether on sale or not.
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