My top 5 hiking trousers for men:
When out hiking it’s essential that you have the right gear, so I’ve tried to make things simple by listing my top 5 hiking trousers for men. At the basic level I recommend some waterproof trousers that you can slip on over your jeans or whatever you use to hike in. They’re usually pretty cheap and can easily fold away.
Personally, I’d recommend investing in some walking trousers as well so they will be warm and waterproof. I always like to buy ones that convert into shorts via a zip so I have the best of both worlds. Have a look at my other article on my top 5 hiking jackets as well and don’t forget about your walking boots either. I have a you tube video showing you how to apply dubbin wax to your leather boots to keep them supple.
I use these all the time, as they pack away into the size of a Swiss roll (ideal for chucking into your backpack). They’ve never let me down, I’ve always stayed dry in these (albeit a bit cold at times) as they have no insulation.
They only have slits to gain access to your pockets so that area can get a little damp. But at £11 they’re great and come in a variety of colours.
I use these all the time, as they pack away into the size of a Swiss roll (ideal for chucking into your backpack). They’ve never let me down, I’ve always stayed dry in these (albeit a bit cold at times) as they have no insulation. They only have slits to gain access to your pockets so that area can get a little damp. But at £11 they’re great and come in a variety of colours.
These trousers are great for all the ups and downs hiking throws at you. The inner ankles and knee’s are reinforced with Cordura to help guard against scratches and scrapes. The material is wind and water resistant (not waterproof) but is quick drying. It comes with 3 zippered pockets (one is a smaller security pocket). It also has zipped and metal popper bottoms to prevent the fabric flapping about.
The soft shell Li trouser is great for cooler environments due to it’s woven softshell fabric. It’s water repellent and is machine washable. It also has an elasticated waist and 2 zippered pockets they provide a great fit whilst being able to keep your valuables dry. They also have built in adjustable poppers at the base of trousers to fit tight around your boots.
If your hiking in cold weather the Prism pants are ideal as they are insulated to ensure you keep warm. The outer fabric is completely windproof and is coated with a water repellent. It also packs away to about the size of a small melon. Reflective detailing across the thighs. Plus poppers at the base with zippered pockets.
Hopefully the hiking trousers I’ve listed have given you an insight into the different types available and the pros and cons of each. Stay safe out there
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