Hiking pants

30 Sep 2011 19:03 #4219 by ghaznavid
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I may be the only person on earth who prefers to hike in long pants (even in summer). I find the grass scratching my legs highly annoying. I have been trying to find some light weight pants to wear, but the only technical pants I can find are skiing pants, and thats not much use in summer! The cheapest skiing pants I have come across are Cape Union Mart's pairs at R400.

Does anyone have a suggestion as to what works? I find the current Mr Price cotton pants I wear (costing the exorbitant amount of R50 per pair :laugh: ) to be a bit too heavy, they also are cotton, so they don't dry in a hurry. Any suggestions?

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30 Sep 2011 21:22 - 30 Sep 2011 21:59 #4220 by Serious tribe
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You certainly aren't the only one, both ST2 and I hike in long pants all year round, and have been doing so since at least 2004. (In fact, I will share a little secret, ST2 used to hike in white long john's for many years ;)) This is not only for the scratching and thorn issue, but also because sunburnt legs behind the knee can not only be annoying, it can be downright painful and dangerous from a dehydration aspect. You also get a ridiculous sock and shorts tan.

We both use Cape Storm Technical pants which are durable (i have been using mine pair since 2005) and have endured a rather extended walk through a thick bramble patch and shrugged them off and numerous long and torturous hiking trips. They have multiple pockets and also zippers from ankle to knee, which means that with a bit dexterity, you can take them on and off over a pair of La Sportiva Makalu's, which are not the smallest boot around. The other good thing is that you can zip these up almost to the knee while hiking and help to vent any heat, a good form of ventilation. They also dry very quickly and can be washed on multi-day hikes and left in the sun for a 10 min or so and will be pretty much dry.

I seem to have a slightly skew walk (from an op on my lower right leg to remove part of one of the three muscles) and my right ankle area has rubbed a raw patch on each inner side of the pants. This has been remedied with two patches of fake leather and they are good to go for another couple of years. I swear by these pants, and would not get anything else. Harsh conditions, bring it on, they rock! :angry:

ST2 with his Cape Storm Technical pants.


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01 Oct 2011 06:13 #4221 by ghaznavid
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Thanks ST, I'm going to visit Bush and Bundu this morning to see if they have those.

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01 Oct 2011 07:53 #4223 by dunmor
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I also hike in long pants. Have 2 pairs of Columbia Titanium pants.
Really can recommend them. They are costly (about R700 a pair), but are very light, SPF 50 sun protection. Good pockets. Have zip off legs and turn into really decent short pants. You can walk through any bush with them without tearing them and getting any scratches on you. They dry extremely fast and you hardly sweat in them. In fact I sweat less in these long pants than shorts.
I would definitely buy another pair, in fact I bought one of their hiking wide brim hats. Excellent!

My wife has a pair of the mountain hardware pants and Columbia titanium pants. She also says that the Columbia Titanium pants are far better than the Mountain Hardware.

You can buy them at Columbia shop (Eastgate) or Due South.


Hope this helps

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01 Oct 2011 16:55 #4228 by ghaznavid
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Cool, thanks Dunmor. Had a bit of a look around today, my conclusions come to the fact that no one stocks any significant amount of hiking pants. The only ones people seem to stock are Capestorm and First Ascent. I'm probably going to go with the Capestorm ones, they seem good.

You refer to caps, I had a look at wickable caps, the only ones that come up are First Ascent ones. How good are these?

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02 Oct 2011 08:59 #4229 by dunmor
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Hi ghaznavid

Your question about hats.

For me the most important thing for a hat is:
1. Shades you from the sun and the UV protection for the hat is good. Wide brim and UV protection fabric are important
2. The hat is breathable. You do feel that you need to take it off because you are sweating with it on ie the air flows freely through it and cools you down
3.Its light.

For me if the hat is water proof is not important. For me if its raining then I take my hat off and where my rain jacket.

That's why I went with the wide brim Columbia hat, it met these requirements and it also has fast drying fabric.

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02 Oct 2011 09:09 #4230 by dunmor
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ghaznavid, Drifters in Sandton stock different brands of hiking pants.

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02 Oct 2011 10:37 #4231 by ghaznavid
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Thanks Dunmor. I live in Pietermaritzburg, so Santon is slightly off my path :) although I will be in JHB for board course in December, so I must go and have a look then.

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04 Oct 2011 06:36 #4241 by Boerkie
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I see that CUM now stock Bear Grylls knifes and accessories. I wonder why they don't stock the BG trousers? It sure seems like good quality and the reviews are very positive.

I agree with dunmor, cant go wrong with any Columbia gear!

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07 Oct 2011 09:37 - 07 Oct 2011 09:39 #4260 by intrepid
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I almost always hike and climb in a long sleeved shirt and long pants. Besides helping against scratches and dirt, sun protection is also very important though generally still an undervalued factor in SA. This also gives a wide temperature tolerance range and its actually not as hot and uncomfortable in warmer weather as some might think. I have a favourite pair Cape Storm pants which are old and have taken a beating. They have been repaired and patched a number of times but still have lots of life in them. The double layer of material around the bum and knees is great. I do have problems now with the zipper sneaking open though. I have a pair of Columbia technical pants too, which were a ladies model but fitted me fine and I bought them because they were 3/4 zip-offs (a very useful feature....3/4 pants are a good compromise between protection and keeping cool, and work great with gaiters in the wet). Unfortunately the material got worn out quickly and I'm still looking for someone willing to try repair the ripped backside.

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