A cool pant for hiking and climbing in unpredictable terrain.
- Soft, micro-chamois waist lining doesn't rub you while you wear a harness and it helps to wick your sweat in the heat
- UPF 50 fabrics stop the burning rays before they scorch your thighs
- Inseam gusset and articulated knees allow great mobility for climbing and scrambling
- Integrated belt secures the pant with or without a harness
- Pockets hold trail items like a snake-bit kit or sunscreen while exploring Canyon Lands
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- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
One of the toughest pants of this kind. Without a doubt have put these through the wringer. Have snags that don't tear past the initial rip. They dry quick, clean easy, and are comfortable. The waist band is well done and the side zipper pocket is ideal for extra easy access storage. Have several pair and wear them daily for work. Work or play they hold up. Mountain Hardwear has done a great job with these.
So far, I've only worn them to work and around town. Very comfortable and well made. I suspect they would work fine for hiking and camping, but since they are more comfortable than jeans, they are being worn everywhere the jeans used to go. Plus they are lighter than jeans and I like the pockets much better too.
I used to be all about The North Face Paramount Peak pants, wore them for 5 years and watched them get progressively more fashionable and less technical. I decided to look for new "trekker" pants and came across these Mesa pants. Fell in love as soon as I put them on! They are tapered just right to allow for an ease of walking/hiking up hills and you don't have cargo pockets that get in the way. The inseam is regular and doesn't change (too much) as you go up in waist size as do most brands (I hate when you are a L to XL waist and they assume you are 6'5"). I am 5'11", 225 lbs with a 38" waist and the XL fit great, with an inch to spare. These don't zipper off into shorts like TNF, but if you are hiking the backwoods, you will be glad you stuck with pants.
my son had a favorite pair of pants he wore backpacking & mountain climbing - and they are starting to show the wear - last time he visited I wrote down the brand & size and ordered him a new pair - HE LOVES THEM - he is packing for his next adventure and these were the first item he packed!!!
Just took these out for 15 miles of hikes on labor day weekend, kept me cool and comfortable. They dry quickly, are lightweight and provide good mobility. Hard to beat for the sale price.
very comfy and lite, lets you move freely. handles a good amount of abuse.
The Mesa pant has been updated for 2011 with some changes. I just got these a few weeks ago to replace my old Mesa's, and they are quite different, but not necessarily in a bad way. First, two big changes; no more cargo pockets on the thighs. The new updated pocket is a vertical zip on the thigh, and there is only one. Second, (and this may be an issue with M.H. production) although the picture and advertisement shows ankle zips, mine did not come equipped. I purchased mine directly from the M.H. website. Not an issue for me, because i would rather not have them, but for anyone making the purchase who wants this feature, i would double check. The two front pockets are placed a bit differently; now, they are cut with horizontal entry (kinda like jeans), as opposed to the "slash" style entry of the old ones. The rear pockets secure with a velcro patch, and are placed slightly outward from the normal placement of back pockets (kind of out towards the upper thigh). Same great fabric which is lightweight and very durable. The legs are a little bit more tailored than the old ones, but not much, and the ankles are slightly more tapered. Overall, i like the updates, because they're still a great lightweight technical hiking pant that no longer screams "lets go hiking!". They can probably pull double duty for travel-casual. I am 5'10'' 190 with a 32-34 waist and the mediums are spot on.
Bought these pants a month ago and have taken them out several times. First of all, these pants look sharp. Similar to other models, they a button snap, but also a built-in belt for a more fitted feel. I'm usually skeptical of built-in belts as I don't care for the feel of them when I have a backpack on, but this belt isn't noticeable. I did a 10 mile hike in 90+ degree whether in these pants and thought they stayed relatively cool. Obviously not as cool as shorts, but they did protect my legs from sun, bugs and brush. The mobility of these pants is good. They aren't quite as stretchy as others, but still fully functional for hiking and scrambling. They also dry pretty quickly.
The only thing I would improve on these is related to the rear pockets. While the position is great, I think a better design feature would be to put the "scratchy" part of the Velcro on the pant and the softer part of the Velcro on the pocket. This is because the scratchy side is pretty abrasive against your skin, especially if you have sunburn.