I rarely hike in shorts anymore except on well-maintained trails during prime three-season conditions.
My legs get scuffed up, scratched, and I recreate at or above 5000′ elevation consistently. The sun’s UV rays end up frying the skin easier, and the nights cool off quickly even in the summer.
I prefer the versatility of pants overall for hiking.
The fit strikes a balance between baggy comfy pants and pants with the “skinny jeans” look that might be fashionable for van life, but perhaps not the most practical fit for active hiking.
However, I realize some people prefer a baggier fit, or want a classic “working pants” look minus any kind of side pockets. Or prefer something more comfortable for traveling, relaxing, or even everyday wear that looks less “outdoorsy.”
Enter the Wrangler Nylon Pants at the princely sum of $25 a pair.
There’s not much to say about them other than, well, they are pants made of a 94% nylon/ 6% spandex blend. Similar to the composition of other outdoor pants. For less than a third of the cost.
They are similar to the chino style work pants that have been a staple of men’s wear since the 1940s, except in quicker drier nylon. They come in black, greenish-brown, dark gray, bronze, and khaki.
Nothing fancy; just an excellent all-purpose set of pants for everyday use, travel, and the outdoors.
I prefer the nylon version to similarly priced “golf pants” as though polyester dries a little bit faster, nylon ends up being more durable. Perfect if you find yourself off-trail or scrambling regularly.
So, if you are looking for some simple pants for hiking that also happens to work well for anything ranging from light trail work to quick camping trips, everyday use, or a multi-week road trip, you could do far worse than Wrangler Nylon Pants.
I’ve bought and used three pairs of these pants since the fall of 2018 and will probably use them for a while to come.
Disclosure: Wrangler did not provide these pants for my review. Nor my western plaid shirts for that matter. 😉