Are you really interested in long pants for the desert, jungle, or backcountry that are superlight, tough, and airy? With the Eco-Mesh Pants, you now have amazing temperatureregulating features. Constructed out of two-ply, 3-oz. Duralite nylon fabric, the tricked-out elements are 27-inch side zippers concealed behind vertical bands, which provide air flow to that one troubling hot spot encountered by most hikers: the crotch. Behind the tucked-away zippers are soft-mesh panels whose duty is to funnel air in and around your nether regions. With the zippers closed, the abrasion- resistant Eco-Mesh Pants resemble a traditional pair of khakis. Because the fabric is now treated with Insect Shield® technology, you have protection against mosquitoes, biting flies, and ticks. The fit is enhanced by elastic side panels at the waist, and sports two on-seam front pockets, 2 zippered back pockets. Super packable, with a 15-minute maximum drying time. Includes a new side-zippered security pocket.
Reason for Being: A long pant that has vents to cool you down on hot days, but zip up on cooler ones. This is designed to be an all-purpose hiking pant that can handle any environment.
Fabric: 2 ply, 3 ounce nylon makes these featherweight and breathable.
Side Zipper Vents: 2-way zipper vents run from the thigh down to near the ankle, providing breathability when necessary and giving the pants their name.
UV Protection: Carries a sun protection rating of UPF 30+.
Insect Shield: 100% safe permethrin treatment for your clothing that will repel harmful insects and ticks. Permethrin is a new industry standard for bug repellant and the amount contained in our treated clothing is guaranteed to be safe for adults, children, and even pets. Effective for up to 70 washes.
I have 2 sets of these pants. Yes they are that good. I have worn them for three weeks on a section hike of the PCT and 2 weeks on the TransJordan trail. Each hike involved tremendous sun exposure and high heat. These were comfortable throughout. The fit is comfortable with movement and climbing. Insect shield is a brilliant idea.
Steven A., Eugene, Oregon
These pants are the best for spring/summer/fall hiking. They're fast-drying warm enough when you need that cool enough when you need that tick- and black fly-proof in my experience and exceptionally durable.Except when the puppy goes hard for my ankles and that's probably too hard to engineer for...
Tony ., Jericho, Vermont
I have owned a pair of these pants for about three months and have hiked 100 miles in them. These are quality pants that I recommend.I live in the Southeast USA and have used these primarily to hike in Smoky Mountain National Park. I like the insect shield especially in summer. Additionally I like the side eco mesh although to be honest I haven't used it that often. However I will be down in the Everglades this winter/spring and expect to put the side eco-mesh to good use.I've made several stream crossings in these pants and gotten them wet to just below knee level. The pants are lightweight and dried very quickly.The pants are somewhat baggy but I like the way they look. I wish I had used these pants for my thru-hike of the AT five years ago.I am 5'11" and weight in around 160 lbs. I purchased the medium in a 32 inch inseam. Maybe they are a tad bit long but not a big deal.
brad ., atlanta, Georgia