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Hiking Pants

When you decide that hiking on a regular basis is something you want to invest your time and money into, the proper clothing is one of the most important components to consider. Uncomfortable clothing can make your hike miserable and very unpleasant. Here are some things to consider when buying hiking pants, one part of the clothing that you will need for hiking.

What may first draw you to a particular pair of hiking pants is its looks. What they look like is not as important as comfort or functionality, but aesthetics is still something to consider. A darker colored hiking pant is preferable to light colors - they show dirt less and will help to repel bugs. Try them on to make sure they are flattering to your body type.

Next, comfort is a necessity. If you are hiking for an extended period of time, comfortable pants can make your hiking so much more pleasurable. You don’t want hiking pants that are too tight or itchy feeling against your skin. They need to be loose enough on your body to comfortably wear an additional layer underneath in colder weather. Also, if they are too tight or itchy they can cause chafing or rashes on the skin which is horribly uncomfortable. Try to stay away from elastic waists - they are bulky. A drawstring waist feels better and is functional also.

Resistance to weather or waterproofing is the next thing to consider when buying hiking pants. If you are caught in the rain or are hiking in the snow, you don’t want your pants to be getting wet. Wet hiking pants become heavy to wear on the hiker and can cause loss of body heat, both of which you want to prevent from happening. Consider whether the fabric is UV protected as that can be better for your skin.

Functionality is important to consider too, when buying hiking pants. How many pockets do you want? Some pants are made with many pockets to carry your gear more easily. Some styles of pants will unzip at the knee to make shorts which is great on a hot, sunny day. What kind of fabric are they? If they are a synthetic blend, they will dry quickly and are more environmentally resistant. Your hiking pants need to be thick enough to protect you against prickles and bugs.

Cost is the last factor to consider. If you have found a pair of hiking pants that meets all the factors that above, they are worth their weight in gold. Good quality is something that you will pay more for initially but your hiking pants will last longer and fulfill all your needs. You want to enjoy your hiking - the exercise and scenery is way more important than worrying about your hiking pants.


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