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.
These are great pants for hiking and camping and even just hanging out when it is chilly sunny or buggy. They are even stylish enough to wear in more formal settings. They're very light and comfortable and the leg vents are helpful when it's warm. I like them so much I've bought two pairs and may buy a third.
Chad ., Carterville, Illinois
I just used these on a thru-hike of the Arizona Trail for 800 miles. I needed a pant that could adapt to both the heat and the cold well (the AZT had some days near 100 and nights at high elevations well below freezing). The pants provided protection from the sun during the hottest part of the day and element protection during wind and snow. I had previously used a pair during a summer in the Wind River range and they also performed well there. Two areas I think these could be improved (1) I'm a tall guy (nearly 6'3") and I used the medium with a 32.5" inseam - these did well but I would really like the option of some longer inseams (say 34"). (2) I definitely removed the belt as its function seemed moot and it added ounces to my baseweight. I think a lighter and more functional built-in belt system could do the same more effectively.
Forrest ., Phoenix, Arizona
This is my second pair of the Eco-Mesh pants. I use them for hiking and they work as advertised. They are protecting me from both insects and the sun while still giving me plenty of ventilation. I would like to see RailRiders put this ventilation system into more of their pants to have a better option for cooler weather hikes. I did use these to do a March hike up to Tuckerman's Ravine and they worked fine with a light base layer underneath.
Don S., Falmouth, Maine