Prana Bliss Carpri
If there’s an “office pant” here at BACKPACKER HQ, it’s these Prana capris. One tester has lived in hers every summer for the last three years and they show no signs of abuse, despite hiking, camping, climbing, scrambling, yoga-ing, and biking in them. The breathable nylon bottoms have a relaxed fit (think performance scrubs) and our tester found them “never too constricting for big movements or high steps when climbing.” A 4 ½” slit in the cuffs further aids in movement and the simple drawstring waist (again, think performance scrubs) sits well under a hipbelt. Big front pockets comfortably hold a point-and-shoot camera, but the pockets can’t be securely closed. $50; 6.5 oz. (S); sizes XS-XL; colors: dark blue and black; prana.com
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