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The best hiking trousers...

Camino(s) past & future
I plan to do my first Camino the last week of May and June 2018
#1
Ladies, can you please recommend to me the best hiking trousers. I’m having trouble finding the most user friendly trousers... I want convertible, zip off above the knee with a few pockets and zip at the ankle too in a quick drying material. It’s the ankle zip that seems hard to find...but what’s the point in having convertible trousers if you ha e to take off your shoes every time! ?
Any recommendations greatly appreciated! Thanks!
 

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Kitsambler

Jakobsweg Junkie
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy 2010-11, Prague 2012, Nuremberg 2013, Einsiedeln 2015, Geneva 2017-18
#2
Check REI, Royal Robbins, Columbia, and Orvis - their specific offerings will vary from season to season and year to year. You also might consider some alternative designs to meet your requirement of temperature-adaptability, such as the roll-up to capri-length styles now available.
 

owms2323

Credential question
Camino(s) past & future
Camino de Frances (2014) Camino Frances (2016) Camino Finisterre/Muxia (2017)
#3
Ladies, can you please recommend to me the best hiking trousers. I’m having trouble finding the most user friendly trousers... I want convertible, zip off above the knee with a few pockets and zip at the ankle too in a quick drying material. It’s the ankle zip that seems hard to find...but what’s the point in having convertible trousers if you ha e to take off your shoes every time! ?
Any recommendations greatly appreciated! Thanks!
REI makes a zip off that does not require you to remove your shoes-though they fit a little baggy.
 

RJM

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
A few times, but soon again I hope....
#4
Hmmm....so many good ones out there from different brands.
Not saying there are better brands out there, but I like ones made by Columbia and Marmot and Kuhl.
What brands are available to you?
I like the type made from a high percentage of nylon/polyester and about 5-10% spandex for some stretch. They dry very quickly.
 

JillGat

la tierra encantada
Camino(s) past & future
C. Frances
SJPP - Finisterre - Muxia, May 2016
C. Frances, Sept 2017
Via de La Plata (spring, 2019)
#5

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#6
Ladies, can you please recommend to me the best hiking trousers. I’m having trouble finding the most user friendly trousers... I want convertible, zip off above the knee with a few pockets and zip at the ankle too in a quick drying material. It’s the ankle zip that seems hard to find...but what’s the point in having convertible trousers if you ha e to take off your shoes every time! ?
Any recommendations greatly appreciated! Thanks!
Hello Rose,

Not sure your location but honestly, I found some zip off pants in the men's section of Mark's Work Werarhouse in Canada. They are lightweight, quick drying and have the pockets everywhere, as long as you do not mind the man fly in front. They came with a belt as well. Lordy, they are on sale now too;

https://www.marks.com/en/windriver-zip-off-pants-with-stretch-102401.html#102401[color]=LTKHAK
 
Camino(s) past & future
October 2013
2nd Camino Starting April (2018)
#7
Ladies, can you please recommend to me the best hiking trousers. I’m having trouble finding the most user friendly trousers... I want convertible, zip off above the knee with a few pockets and zip at the ankle too in a quick drying material. It’s the ankle zip that seems hard to find...but what’s the point in having convertible trousers if you ha e to take off your shoes every time! ?
Any recommendations greatly appreciated! Thanks!
I may be a guy... but try Craghoppers (quickdry material - Basecamp - not nosilife). Same material and look as with the girls version. They tick all the boxes, last a lifetime, and feel fabulous. After hiking for 30 years I have to say they are my fave thus far.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino de Invierno, June 2017
Portuguese Coastal Way x6
French Way Sarria x 5
Silver Way Ourense
#8
All the gear I use is from Rohan who make quality clothing for men and women. A British retailer with online store too. The escapers trousers are really light, comfortable and durable. The clothing is more expensive but lasts much longer than Decathlon etc.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Samos-Santiago (2015)
Samos-Santiago (May 2016
Porto-Santiago (May 2017)
Kumano Kodo (March 2018)
#10
I have a pair of convertibles by Prana that have wider leg openings so boot removal (even with my ladies size 12 boots) isn’t necessary. They come in Short, Regular and Tall lengths for women of most heights. They have a side pocket on the right thigh that’s perfect for a phone or other valuables. I also like the Prana Helle pant (non-zip off) that I’ve worn on 2 of 3 Caminos.
 

gittiharre

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF Austria Czech Le Puy Geneva RLS V. Jacobi V. Regia V. Baltica/Scandinavica Porto Muxia
#11
Ladies, can you please recommend to me the best hiking trousers. I’m having trouble finding the most user friendly trousers... I want convertible, zip off above the knee with a few pockets and zip at the ankle too in a quick drying material. It’s the ankle zip that seems hard to find...but what’s the point in having convertible trousers if you ha e to take off your shoes every time! ?
Any recommendations greatly appreciated! Thanks!
Zip off are useless I find. At the end of a day of walking pants pong and need washing anyway. I walk in shorts only, ever. If really cold I take a pair of silk leggings I can wear under the shorts or in evening or as pj pants if cold at night. Only used these when high up mountain in Switzerland.
I tend to take a pair of 3/4 lightweight pants or a Macabi skirt, either of which could be used to walk in if needed. That's me covered for eventualities.
 
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Camino(s) past & future
Camin0 Frances (2004, 2008), Camino Portugues (2010), Camino del Norte (2012) Via de la Plata planing April92014), CaminoiPortugues (2015.)
#13
Hello Rose,

Not sure your location but honestly, I found some zip off pants in the men's section of Mark's Work Werarhouse in Canada. They are lightweight, quick drying and have the pockets everywhere, as long as you do not mind the man fly in front. They came with a belt as well. Lordy, they are on sale now too;

https://www.marks.com/en/windriver-zip-off-pants-with-stretch-102401.html#102401[color]=LTKHAK
OMG!! I have the same pants, i bought them 10 years ago, I love the big pockets where i carry wallet, phone passport and credential, I really do not care if they are baggy and the fly, the fabric is excellent, fast drying have taken them to ALL MY CAMINOS , and already pack for my new adventure next week
 
Camino(s) past & future
I plan to do my first Camino the last week of May and June 2018
#14
THANKS all for your suggestions! I’m in Europe (France) so any US brands won’t deliver unfortunately. Have looked into several (craghoppers Columbia...will try Rohan now!) it’s just finding a retailer here because I want to try them on first !
 
Camino(s) past & future
I plan to do my first Camino the last week of May and June 2018
#15
I may be a guy... but try Craghoppers (quickdry material - Basecamp - not nosilife). Same material and look as with the girls version. They tick all the boxes, last a lifetime, and feel fabulous. After hiking for 30 years I have to say they are my fave thus far.
I saw these - the nosilife ones but why do you not recommend them? Is the basecamp pair better material?
 
#16
THANKS all for your suggestions! I’m in Europe (France) so any US brands won’t deliver unfortunately. Have looked into several (craghoppers Columbia...will try Rohan now!) it’s just finding a retailer here because I want to try them on first !
Mark's Work Wearhouse is in CANADA. They are usually a bit easier on international shipping. Give it a try.

After a discussion with Mark's Head Office, they do not ship outside Canada. Sorry for that. I told them that they are missing out on a lot of sales. Customer Service does not care.
 
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Camino(s) past & future
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#17
@Hikingrose , hi

You tell of an issue of having to take off your shoes to take off the leggings.

Thinking outside the square I suggest you consider:
a) a casual kilt - several layers all round with in built ventilation
coupled with:
b) knee height walking hose over inner ankle socks

This has been my nether garb for about 3 years both walking and travelling.

Kia kaha (take care, be strong, get going)
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camin0 Frances (2004, 2008), Camino Portugues (2010), Camino del Norte (2012) Via de la Plata planing April92014), CaminoiPortugues (2015.)
#18
if you are already in France go to Decathlon , they have several brands there, Rohan is very expensive and the fwomen's fit is horrible.
 
Camino(s) past & future
(2018)
#19
Shopped for convertible hiking pants at REI. Bought their Sahara pants in the men's department because those pants had better/deeper pockets. They are very light weight.
 
Camino(s) past & future
I plan to do my first Camino the last week of May and June 2018
#21
if you are already in France go to Decathlon , they have several brands there, Rohan is very expensive and the fwomen's fit is horrible.
Thanks but have already been to decathlon and all other nearby places including a few in Budapest because I’m here for a week! I can’t find ANY with the ankle zips!
 

Tia Valeria

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Pt Norte/Pmtvo 2010
C. Inglés 2011
C. Primitivo '12
Norte-C. de la Reina '13
C. do Mar-C. Inglés '15
#22
All the gear I use is from Rohan who make quality clothing for men and women. A British retailer with online store too. The escapers trousers are really light, comfortable and durable. The clothing is more expensive but lasts much longer than Decathlon etc.
The latest Rohan zip-offs are impregnated with insecticide :mad:. Also I need to buy the Mens now as the more recent Womens ones are too low in the waist. I wish they would bring back their high-waist trousers.
I agree that the Escapers are great, but they don't zip-off, which I think the OP really wants.
My latest zip-offs are once again from Marks and Spencer (Mens - Blue Harbour) as they don't make the same for ladies.

if you are already in France go to Decathlon , they have several brands there, Rohan is very expensive and the women's fit is horrible.
Trousers, yes I have to agree, as above. However I find the ladies shirts fit well although again they have put insecticide in some and are more for travel these days than hiking/walking. Expensive, yes; but my 'Walkers' shirts are now nearly 10 years old and 2 are now showing sign of wear. I turned the collar on one and it should do this year again :).
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) portugues(2013)San Salvador (2017)
#23
The latest Rohan zip-offs are impregnated with insecticide :mad:. Also I need to buy the Mens now as the more recent Womens ones are too low in the waist. I wish they would bring back their high-waist trousers.
I agree that the Escapers are great, but they don't zip-off, which I think the OP really wants.
My latest zip-offs are once again from Marks and Spencer (Mens - Blue Harbour) as they don't make the same for ladies.


Trousers, yes I have to agree, as above. However I find the ladies shirts fit well although again they have put insecticide in some and are more for travel these days than hiking/walking. Expensive, yes; but my 'Walkers' shirts are now nearly 10 years old and 2 are now showing sign of wear. I turned the collar on one and it should do this year again :).
Dear Tia Valeria, there are many perhaps who cannot have heard of 'turning a collar' ! Glad to see that good old fashioned repairs still happen!
 

MethaV

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2014 Camino Frances
2017 Le Puy en Velay-Cahors
2018 Cahors-SJPdP
Le Chemin Piemont Pyrénéen (2019)
#24
Ladies, can you please recommend to me the best hiking trousers. I’m having trouble finding the most user friendly trousers... I want convertible, zip off above the knee with a few pockets and zip at the ankle too in a quick drying material. It’s the ankle zip that seems hard to find...but what’s the point in having convertible trousers if you ha e to take off your shoes every time! ?
Any recommendations greatly appreciated! Thanks!
I have Icepeak with two zippers (below and above knee) and they work fine with me. Good pockets, light and quick drying. Sometimes I just leave the lower part on top of the boots until I want to take a rest. And I always take of my shoes when resting.
 

zzotte

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2012 Camino Frances, 2014 Lourdes to SDC, 2016 Camino del Norte
#25
Well I’m not a lady but let me just pitch my two cents, I don’t care what I look like on the trail so The last two Caminos and plenty of local hikes I opt for Tights and I carry a Patagonia Houdini pants, works great for me

Zzotte
 

aliwalks

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
(2014)
#26
Ladies, can you please recommend to me the best hiking trousers. I’m having trouble finding the most user friendly trousers... I want convertible, zip off above the knee with a few pockets and zip at the ankle too in a quick drying material. It’s the ankle zip that seems hard to find...but what’s the point in having convertible trousers if you ha e to take off your shoes every time! ?
Any recommendations greatly appreciated! Thanks!
I had Columbia they were great
 

Currie

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances(2013) Camino Primitivo or del Norte(2016)
#27
I saw these - the nosilife ones but why do you not recommend them? Is the basecamp pair better material?
I love my nosilife craghoppers! But I don’t have a convertible pair since i prefer having the long pant and not having to deal with sunscreen.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Francés 2014
#29
Ladies, can you please recommend to me the best hiking trousers. I’m having trouble finding the most user friendly trousers... I want convertible, zip off above the knee with a few pockets and zip at the ankle too in a quick drying material. It’s the ankle zip that seems hard to find...but what’s the point in having convertible trousers if you ha e to take off your shoes every time! ?
Any recommendations greatly appreciated! Thanks!
I like Columbia “Saturday Trail” pants but they aren’t zip-off at ankles. Personally I do everything I can to avoid clothing with extra zippers. Zippers weigh more. Also, when you sit to take off the bottom part of your pant legs, it’s a great time to remove your boots/shoes and check your feet.
 
Camino(s) past & future
October 2013
2nd Camino Starting April (2018)
#30
I saw these - the nosilife ones but why do you not recommend them? Is the basecamp pair better material?
It’s just that comfort was a factor, Nosilife is slippery and kinda unnatural, whereas Basecamp (solar dry material) is a blend that is much more natural, and after a few hundred kilometres feels great, maintains a soft feeling. Dunno, I just like it much more, and I’ve tried them both.
 

Bardow

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
(2016)
#31
Ladies, can you please recommend to me the best hiking trousers. I’m having trouble finding the most user friendly trousers... I want convertible, zip off above the knee with a few pockets and zip at the ankle too in a quick drying material. It’s the ankle zip that seems hard to find...but what’s the point in having convertible trousers if you ha e to take off your shoes every time! ?

Any recommendations greatly appreciated! Thanks!
ExOficio are the beat Tengo 3 hice el Camino en el 2016
 
Camino(s) past & future
(2016) ; 1st Camino ; Frances Way ; 2017 Camino Frances begins August 10,2017
#32
Ladies, can you please recommend to me the best hiking trousers. I’m having trouble finding the most user friendly trousers... I want convertible, zip off above the knee with a few pockets and zip at the ankle too in a quick drying material. It’s the ankle zip that seems hard to find...but what’s the point in having convertible trousers if you ha e to take off your shoes every time! ?
Any recommendations greatly appreciated! Thanks!

Wife and I got ours from Amazon and have worn them on two Camino's and will on our third.. Saved a lot of money and clothing weight by doing this.
 

Morgan Holmes

Every day is a path to walk.
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances to Santiago from SJPDP (2014); Sahagún to Santiago (2018).
#33
I have a pair of convertibles by Prana that have wider leg openings so boot removal (even with my ladies size 12 boots) isn’t necessary. They come in Short, Regular and Tall lengths for women of most heights. They have a side pocket on the right thigh that’s perfect for a phone or other valuables. I also like the Prana Helle pant (non-zip off) that I’ve worn on 2 of 3 Caminos.
I have the same Prana convertibles, and I also love them. But I'm not taking them on Camino. I weighed them, and then I weighed my boy-shorts, capris, and rain resistant travel pants. The 3 pairs weigh less than the cargo pants. I think the weight in the pants comes from grommets and zippers, etc.

So what I do is put on as many layers in the morning as I need, and then remove them as the day goes on. All these layers come from Lolë Women's wear. The rain-resistant travel pants have an elastic ankle drawstring and are wide enough when uncinched to go over boots; they are nice enough looking for dinners out in the villages at the end of the day.

If you don't yet know the Lolë brand (it's Canadian), check them out. They are very easy to purchase from online, and the sale prices are very good. The clothing is extremely durable, and many of their shells and water-resistant gear is made from very durable, recycled materials. For reference: I'm 5'4" and 135 pounds and wear a size S most of the time in their stuff. At the end of Camino I will be an XS in pants and dresses, but still S in tops. For my very favourite things, I generally have 2 sizes in my closet.

I still wear my convertible trousers, but only at home.
 

rappahannock_rev

Anglican Catholic Priest
Camino(s) past & future
Lourdes, Burgos & SdeC 77 (by train); Frances 12, 15 & 17; Finisterre 17; Lourdes, Aragones 18
#34
THANKS all for your suggestions! I’m in Europe (France) so any US brands won’t deliver unfortunately. Have looked into several (craghoppers Columbia...will try Rohan now!) it’s just finding a retailer here because I want to try them on first !
In 2017 I bought a pair of chocolate-bar-brown, zip-off, trekking trousers in Sarria -- from the peregrino store at the bottom of the infamous escalera..... Brand name was Trangworld. There was no "Made in...." tag, but I recall being told that they were made in Spain.... I was very pleased with them, and used them again on my 2018 walk.
 

KJFSophie

My Way, With Joy !
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2014 & 2015 ) ,Via San Francesco, Italy (2017 )
Camino Portugese (2018 )
#35
Ladies, can you please recommend to me the best hiking trousers. I’m having trouble finding the most user friendly trousers... I want convertible, zip off above the knee with a few pockets and zip at the ankle too in a quick drying material. It’s the ankle zip that seems hard to find...but what’s the point in having convertible trousers if you ha e to take off your shoes every time! ?
Any recommendations greatly appreciated! Thanks!
Unlike you, because I'm a bit older and a tad modest, I looked for zip offs that would result in a longer pr of shorts and never found them. I ended up, on one camino, buying roll-up pants and had a seamstress move the tab and button up the leg from a rolled up capri position to a rolled up shorts position...worked well, never removed shoes, no bulky zippers on knees to fool with or pant legs to lose track of. Just a suggestion... and I think you'll find the roll up pants to be much less expensive. In all my following Camino's I simply brought lightweight shorts, a pr of leggings and a pr of pants. Good luck in your search.
 

JillGat

la tierra encantada
Camino(s) past & future
C. Frances
SJPP - Finisterre - Muxia, May 2016
C. Frances, Sept 2017
Via de La Plata (spring, 2019)
#36
I used to like the REI Sahara zip=offs and they were great, but they have changed them and the new ones are very baggy and I am now looking for a different brand.
Meanwhile, the new women's version of the Sahara pants and shorts have a new "slimmer fit" because - as we all know - it is more important for women to look slender than it is to have clothing that actually works for hiking and travel.
 
#37
@Tia Valeria
Quote, re Rohan: “Trousers, yes I have to agree, as above.”

Roamers are the exception .... 4 way stretch and really comfortable :)
Striders are also a good fit .... at least they are for me, and I like the adjustable waist.
All my Bags are men’s ... from the 80s!

(I’m not sure who, or what, Rohan use as a model for most of their women’s trouser measurements :eek: )
 

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