Hikers are taught to avoid cotton like the plague. But when it comes to pants, we’ll take this tough 75 percent cotton/25 percent nylon blend over pure synthetics almost any day. The material is the best fabric for comfort and durability, and the Trail Pant proved resilient over six months of hiking, scrambling, and canyoneering. Our tester lauded the reinforced four-way stretch knee and seat panels after chimneying his way through slot canyons in Escalante. The Trail Pant’s chino-like style goes anywhere, and its zippered thigh pockets fit all but the largest smartphones. Tradeoff: DWR handles light rain, but this pant takes a while to dry if it gets truly wet.
m’s 30-44, 30-36 inseam