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'm a 76-year old woman with a waist of about 44" -- not a hiker but I walk my dog daily through tick-infested brush and grass and it has been a terrible spring for ticks in Amherst. I sent in some of the dozen-plus ticks that had bit me this spring for testing and two tested positive for Lyme disease so I had to go on antibiotics for 2 weeks. One of my Facebook friends who does a lot of hiking recommended your permethrin-treated hiking clothing so I ordered some. I ordered these Men's pants in size XXL and 30" inseam just going by my waist and inseam though I feared that men's pants wouldn't fit me well. But they are perfect I've been wearing them daily for two weeks -- just one washing so far they shed most dirt -- and I love them as much as any pants I've ever had And I haven't had a single tick since I started wearing your pants shirt and socks. And the wild roses don't seem to catch on them and the dew I pick up dries really fast -- and in hot weather the vents are great. I feel lucky because with my overweight size and shape I didn't have many choices and never expected that along with the great functionality there could be such a perfect fit for me Thank you
Barbara P., Amherst, Massachusetts
I've used these pants for the last 3 weeks now to both go hiking on various trails in Shenandoah and to do orienteering trips as well. Navigating through some extremely congested underbrush/overhang areas while orienteering I am quite sure I passed through areas where ticks/etc were very present but these pants (and a similar shirt from RailRiders) kept them off of me entirely. They are very strong/tough in terms of construction and have not yet ripped while bumbling through all kinds of undergrowth. They are also extremely fast drying and with the side zippers open they are very cool even in the hot/humid Va. weather. For me these definitely beat having to slather up with bug-spray in shorts or wearing heavier pants and they are now my standard gear for hikes/orienteering.
Matt ., north chesterfield, Virginia
My husband really likes these. Wish you made these for a woman's shape.
Susan O., Midland City, Alabama