Oct 17, 2013 at 5:00 pm #1308863
I'm finding myself traveling about 100% of the time right now. I'm in NYC as we speak. Last week I was hiking in NH, the week before that I was on the Atlantic Ocean north of the Cape in MA. I think Maine's next. I can work from anywhere, so I'm working from everywhere.
So, I find myself biking most of it with some trains and traveling light. I need a pair of pants I can use for going out to bars, hanging out with locals, sitting in camp, etc. It's cold now so my go-to of running shorts and my Smartwool shirt isn't cutting it.
I'm looking for a really lightweight/ultralight pair of khaki pants, and NOT baggy. I don't want two wind socks on my legs, I'm too skinny for that. I don't particularly mind if they look technical, and I'd love some low-key but useful pockets. I don't need an integrated belt.
Any suggestions? The smaller they pack up, the better.
Thanks!Oct 17, 2013 at 5:31 pm #2035101
Rick MBPL Member
delOct 17, 2013 at 5:41 pm #2035102
Valerie EBPL Member
@wildtownerLocale: Grand Canyon State
For travel, I like to look decently hip, so I usually go for Kuhl brand stuff. They have a variety of styles that use technical fabrics, but look fairly "trendy".
Gotta look good when you're in the local watering hole drinking craft beer! ;~)Oct 17, 2013 at 6:18 pm #2035109
I had a pair of Kuhl Liberator convertible pants, but found them very baggy. I may just have really lanky legs. My Prana pants seem to have the best balance between relaxed fit without being baggy (though, all have cotton in them, which won't work).
I've tried Ex-Officio pants and found them VERY loose, which is exactly the problem I'm trying to avoid. Otherwise, I'd definitely go with them.
While posting this, I've also been window-shopping extensively. Right now, my front-runner is actually Prana's Men's Zion Stretch Convertible pants. Anyone have experience with these? They look like they'll work, but 13oz is about 4-5oz more than I wanted. I guess with zips and a belt, it won't necessarily translate to bulk.
This might be heresy on BPL, but bulk > weight for me in this case.
If you don't look good while drinking Switchback in Burlington, go home….Oct 17, 2013 at 6:23 pm #2035112
Justin BakerBPL Member
@justin_bakerLocale: Santa Rosa, CA
Neon purple leopard print lycra tights.
Totally hip.Oct 17, 2013 at 6:25 pm #2035118
You say that like I wouldn't…
I have the legs to pull it off.Oct 17, 2013 at 6:30 pm #2035120
Well, I wear my Arc'teryx Gamma LT pants everywhere and all the time — hiking, travelling and around town. In fact I'm wearing them right now at work. They don't quite look like regular straight leg pants but they are close (they have articulated knees which are good for walking but look a bit funny, IMO). Very comfortable in a range of temps, slim but not tight in the leg and perfectly constructed.Oct 17, 2013 at 7:01 pm #2035130
Richard FischelBPL Member
outlier's new og's. they are just what you are looking for. if they have a fault it's that they are (relatively) expensive, but you get what you pay for and you won't need a second pair of pants. if you are in nyc, i'm not 100% sure, but they may still have their brooklyn retail shop that's open friday afternoon.Oct 17, 2013 at 7:23 pm #2035137
Mark CashmereBPL Member
If you are traveling that much then this is worth a read/watch —
and yes, there are pants in there….Oct 17, 2013 at 7:30 pm #2035140
BER —BPL Member
I am really liking the pair of Outdoor Research Ferrosi pants I bought recently. Light weight soft shell material that has a bit of stretch and is very comfortable. Clean lines, Hidden ankle cinch. One vertical thigh pocket that doesn't stick out like typical cargo pants.Oct 17, 2013 at 7:51 pm #2035150
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Yeah, yeah, you can go Patagucci with serious reduction of the wallet, but why? All you are doing is paying for the label, not the clothing. If that suits, fair enough.
Otherwise, can I suggest you go to the nearest discount store and buy some synthetic track pants? Not the fleecy ones, just the plain ordinary nylon ones. They may have a lining of open mesh knit which can be kept or cut out. I would expect you would find a fair range of colours and styles, all for less than $10.
CheersOct 17, 2013 at 7:58 pm #2035152
"Otherwise, can I suggest you go to the nearest discount store and buy some synthetic track pants?"
We're married. We can roll like that. Max is a bachelor. I'll go out on a limb and presume he doesn't want clothing that will double as birth control :)
Edit to explain that Roger and I aren't married to each other….. just sayin'Oct 17, 2013 at 8:02 pm #2035154
just Justin WhitsonMember
Haha, good point Ian. But may i humbly suggest, that for Max's long term good, he doesn't want a Lass so shallow as to judge him on the quality of his pants. Besides, most likely, what she will be looking at, is the bulge anyways. Wow, two pee pee jokes in one day, what's up… with that?Oct 17, 2013 at 8:21 pm #2035161
BER —BPL Member
Looking at Roger's avatar may lead you to take his fashion advice with a bit of caution.Oct 17, 2013 at 8:55 pm #2035175
Thanks for that link. I read his site for an hour, then bought his book.Oct 17, 2013 at 9:49 pm #2035182
Just about every brand makes something like this:
Very lightweight, soft "peached" nylon fabric. I bought a pair of these for fall hiking, but have ended up getting several pair and they are my regular kick around long pants — replacing cotton khakis. Not very dressy, but dressy enough to wear out to dinner. Pack down to nothing. My only complaint is that they tend to wrinkle a bit.Oct 17, 2013 at 10:42 pm #2035192
Mark VerberBPL Member
@verberLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
My current favorite are the pricy arcteryx rampart pants. the fabric is a very light nylon with a bit of stretch which is very cool wearing dries very quickly, and fit is perfect (for me). They do have thigh pockets, but they are very discrete. Rail Rider's Back country Khakis might be a good option. Historically there were a lot of good options, but most now have thight pockets which are fairly noticeable which I think disqualifies them for business casual. You notice indicates that this isn't a deal breaker, so I would also suggest Royal Robbins Global Traveler Pants and ex officio Nomad Pants. I generally can find something decent at sierra trading post. I wait until I can find something that's at least 40% off retail. The other thing work a look is campmor's house brand nylon pants tends to be decent and very reasonably priced, especially when they go one sale which is fairly frequently.
–markOct 17, 2013 at 10:58 pm #2035198
Dale WambaughBPL Member
@dwambaughLocale: Pacific Northwest
Check out whatever Outdoor Research has at the moment. They stray from big cargo pockets and tend to have less baggy cuts.Oct 17, 2013 at 11:25 pm #2035202
Done. Thanks Dale. Can't beat the OR Treadway Convert pants for $60 and 8.3oz. Fit looks great.
Thanks! I'll let everyone know how they work.Oct 18, 2013 at 2:18 am #2035210
Marc KokoskyBPL Member
@mak52580Locale: Washington, DC Area
I travel overseas for work about 50% of the time and I use these and really like them.Oct 18, 2013 at 5:43 am #2035218
@pastyj-2-2Locale: SE US
I have 2 pair and actually wear them to work. LOVE them. Admittedly, my workplace's dress code is (thankfully) fairly casual, but I have had several people comment on how much they like the pants, without anyone ever asking if they were "hiking pants" :)
Only negative is that they only come in 3 colors and I really do not like the brown.
I personally hate convertibles of any brand, so cannot comment on that variation of the Zions.Oct 18, 2013 at 7:35 am #2035231
Jacob LintonBPL Member
@gardenheadLocale: Western NC
I'm a pretty lanky fellow, 28×32 slim fit jeans. They don't look like normal pants, but I love Montbell stretch windpants. They don't make them anymore, but I stockpiled a few pair and they seem to last forever. The only other Montbell pants I've tried are the UL windpants, so I can't comment on their khaki looking outdoorsy pants.
Maybe keep an eye out.Oct 18, 2013 at 8:37 am #2035246
Steve KBPL Member
@skomaeLocale: northeastern US
Max, you're in my home territory!
I think you should check out the Patagonia Rock Craft pants. The Patagonia Meatpacking store on 14th will probably have them.
The other good ones I like are the Prana Zion Stretch, which REI in SoHo should have in stock.
If they need not be khaki, the REI Acme Pants have been a long time favorite with me. I think they are discontinued this year but the Mistral pants are nearly identical save for the Schoeller Dryskin Extreme softshell fabric.
Finally, Paragon Sports is always a good place to drop by: they have a great selection of stuff and occasionally awesome sale prices.Oct 18, 2013 at 9:00 am #2035254
Maris LBPL Member
If you'll still be looking while in NYC, check out Tent & Trails by Church St/Park Pl. Their selection of pants on sale was great last time I was there, picked up a pair of long, slim, simple looking Millet pants that I need for use similar to yours.Oct 18, 2013 at 9:14 am #2035260
Richard FischelBPL Member
i think they have a broader wear range compared to the acme pants which are made of a heavier fabric.
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