When it comes to hiking in the great outdoors, we often think about the importance of foot gear. A good pair of hiking pants can also be important. Whether you are walking, running, or climbing, you want to have a pair of durable pants that can help keep you dry and cool as you move. A convertible pair of pants, which can be easily switched to capri or short length, is also helpful when you get too warm. Many quality pairs of convertible hiking pants also offer waterproofing or water repellency and sun protection. As you look at some of the hiking pants on offer, be on the lookout for pants that will fit you comfortably, pack easily, and dry quickly if you get wet on the trail.
1. Columbia Sportswear Women’s Saturday Trail Pant
The Columbia Sportswear Women’s Saturday Trail Pant offers a comfortable pair of straight leg hiking pants with UPF 50 sun protection. You can roll up the legs to change form a full pant to capri length, so there’s no worrying with zippers. The only zipper on this pair is the one on the security pocket. Customers enjoy the stretchiness and comfort of these midrise pants. They are designed with articulated knees which will offer you more mobility as you hike and climb. Choose from a variety of colors like cypress and india ink.
2. Columbia Women’s Pilsner Peak Pants
Another comfortable choice from Columbia is their Women’s Pilsner Peak Pants. These lightweight hiking pants stretch and move with you. They’re made from a polyester/nylon blend and have their “Omni-Wick” feature to help with moisture evaporation that will keep you cooler and dryer. You can convert them easily to capri length by just rolling them up. Select from a wide variety of styles and several colors, including cypress (green) and lion (a golden yellow).
3. Singbring Women’s Outdoor Lightweight Waterproof Hiking Mountain Pants
The Singbring Women’s Outdoor Lightweight Waterproof Hiking Mountain Pants are pants that can stand up to tough outdoor activities in many weathers and in three seasons: spring, summer, and fall. Made from soft shell polyester, they are breathable and durable. Zippered front pockets and an adjustable waist are other notable features. You can choose from colors like black and dark gray or purplish red or wine colored.
4. Columbia Sportswear Women’s Saturday Trail II Convertible Pant
Sometimes you find it gets hot on the hiking trail, especially in deep summer heat. With the Columbia Sportswear Women’s Saturday Trail II Convertible Pant you can unzip the lower portion of the pants to wear them short. Long or short, these nylon pants offer you Columbia’s advanced repellency and sun protection features. They also have a security pocket that zips.
5. White Sierra Women’s Sierra Point 31-Inch Inseam Convertible Pant
The Women’s Sierra Point 31-Inch Inseam Convertible Pant made by White Sierra is crafted from 100% nylon. These are good pants to take on a trip because they dry quickly. They have waterproofing and sun protection fabric as well as side elastic to help keep you comfortable as you walk or run on the hiking trail. They come in bark, stone, and caviar colors and in sizes that run from XS to 3X. And oh yes, you can easily convert them to shorter pants by unzippering the legs.
6. ExOfficio Women’s Bugs Away Ziwa Regular Convertible Pant
ExOfficio Women’s Bugs Away Ziwa Regular Convertible Pant utilizes their insect shield the technology to keep you from getting too “bugged” in the great outdoors. These comfortable cargo nylon pants have a zip fly and button, as well as a drawcord around the waistband. Customers like their lightweight comfort and the way they help protect your skin from insects. Another nice feature is the cell-phone pocket.
7. Makino Women’s Convertible Hiking Pants
For a pair of durable and stylish pants, try Makino Women’s Convertible Hiking Pants in grey, purple, or green. Bright and comfortable, they are water repellant and wrinkle resistant, which makes them good traveling companions for the outdoor enthusiast. Large pockets with zippers, zip-off legs, articulated knees, and an elastic waist are other features you might like.
8. Makino Women’s Convertible Quick Drying Hiking Pants
Another entry from Makino is their Women’s Convertible Quick Drying Hiking Pants. Made from a polyester/spandex blend, this is a straight leg pant with two back pockets as well as gadget and cargo pockets. Water repelling and quick drying, they can be converted to shorts. They’re available in rose red, violet, and khaki.
9. Columbia Women’s Full Leg Aruba Roll Up Pant
If you’d rather roll up your convertible hiking pants than zipper them off, there’s Columbia Women’s Full Leg Aruba Roll Up Pant. These convert to capris rather than shorts. Customers appreciate these comfortable, lightweight, midrise pants that dry quickly and offer Columbia’s Omni-Shade sun protection at a UPF 30 level. They’re only available in on color, sage, but you can choose from sizes 6-16.
10. ExOfficio Women’s Nomad Roll-Up Petite Length Pants
Finally, there are ExOfficio Women’s Nomad Roll-Up Petite Length Pants which work well for smaller, shorter women. Petite customers appreciate the appropriate sizing and the comfort and light weight of these pants, which are made from nylon but with a microfleece waistband for extra comfort and stretch. The pants roll up to covert to a shorter length and have a snap tab feature to help the roll stay in place. There’s a zippered pocket on the right thigh. Choose from a variety of sizes and several colors: light khaki, botanic, bay leaf, and slate.