Durability When our gear editor wears a single pair of pants for two weeks straight, we know he must have found a new favorite (or that he’s putting off doing laundry, again). “The Outdoor Research Prusik Pants are rugged enough to handle rock climbing, but stretchy like yoga bottoms,” he says. Credit the Cordura/poly/elastane blend, which stands up to granite and moderate precip, yet is light enough to be comfortable for moderate spring hikes.
Features We liked being able to hike up the cuffs (secured by cinching the drawcord) when it got hot. Nice touch: The zippered front, hip, and back pockets securely store important items like glove liners, and the brushed tricot waistband is low-profile enough to feel comfy below a heavy pack’s hipbelt.
Style The svelte silhouette and clean lines don’t proclaim “I like eating GORP” when you walk onto a plane or into a pub, and, according to our editor, the shell material and dark color “hide stains really well.” XS-XL