UL walking trousers/setup for warm weather walking?

Discussion in 'Clothing & Footwear' started by Gavin Summers, Apr 30, 2020.

  1. Gavin Summers

    Gavin Summers Trekker

    Hi everyone.
    I currently still walk in Ronhills in the UK!
    Anyway, I wondered if anyone could recommend some lightweight walking trousers for warmer climes i.e. Pyrennees, Picos etc...planning on going at some point.
    Cheers everyone.
  2. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    Light unlined shorts.
    And for cooler days/evenings either thin nylon trousers or Ron Hills. Both weight about 180g I think.
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  3. Gavin Summers

    Gavin Summers Trekker

    Another Ronhiller! Good for you Mole!
  4. Gneiss Boots

    Gneiss Boots Summit Camper

    As someone who dislikes shorts in hot summer destinations I have looked for pale, light trousers. Buffalo (surprisingly) did the lightest but my latest favourite pair is from Paramo as they have pockets and surprisingly good vents for walking but look sensible in town. Really light soft breathable fabric and I shall try to find the model name as their range looks different now.

    For evening , light 'just in case' trousers on longer trips the Ron hill tracksters don't leave the house anymore! Ron Hill everyday pants are my new favourite as lighter, pack smaller and pockets etc. They also don't look like Tracksters......
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  5. tallest of pauls

    tallest of pauls Ultralighter

    Running shorts with long john's when it's cool.
    You do look abit of a knobba at the airport tho.
  6. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    Can someone link me the really lightest Ron hill thingys. Are they tracky dacks (hey Fluffkitten) /track suit pants/shell suit pants?
    If they are nylon and under 150 gms or so I wouldn't mind a pair.
    No shorts Gav? Are sun and insects type protection your concern? Not criticising you, just wondering.
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  7. JimH

    JimH Ultralighter

    Running shorts with a mesh liner for me when it's warm in the Pyrenees, or when less clement Montane Terra pack pants (much lighter and cooler than the normal Terras), they're are also handy for the journey down there and UK hiking.
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  8. Baldy

    Baldy Thru Hiker

    Similar for me.
    Football training shorts and Terra pack pants.
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  9. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    I'm guessing Ben means these?


    Look good.
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  10. Gneiss Boots

    Gneiss Boots Summit Camper

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  11. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    Ah. The ankle zips look useful for using whilst hiking.
    I'll have to try a pair. Cheers.
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  12. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

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  13. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    Very nice! Good for slipping on over shoes if it gets cold. If it's not too much trouble can you tell me are they poly/elastane or Nylon/elastane?
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  14. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    [In hot weather so far my favourite thing to wear are Ron hill stride cargo shorts.
    Lined shorts (good for swimming) but with good set of pockets.

    I used to cut pockets out of shorts till I realized I like keeping my phone and occasionally my hands in them.
    Surprisingly hard to find light shorts with pockets.

    I'm sure in the states they'd be saying windpants,

    My tasteful version was made with the cheap pertex that was sold on eBay a couple of years ago. Sadly no choice of colour.
    Tempted to pick up a couple of meters of argon 90 with its 40 CFM and 300mm HH. And perhaps a tastful grey or blue.


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  15. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    Also surprisingly hard to find hiking shorts without a leg pocket. Which is frustrating , as I like the option of taking up shorts to an "80's" length.
    Last year I bought Rab Momentum shorts which are great. Light but not superlight but very comfortable, decent hip pockets and no leg pocket.
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  16. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    Studio 54 Nylon disco (cycling) pants Enzo -then it doesn't matter if you shred them. 75 gms $20 and sweet as.
    Would love some nice proper windpants but no use where there are bush trees etc
    @Arne L. and I are on the Patagonia Baggies (shorts) train. The best shorts.
    Sorry for the digression Gav.
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  17. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    From Amazon reviews, it looks like the RH. Everyday training pant are the lighter. (and most delicate/go bobbly)

    One review of the slim ones I linked to says they are thicker than tracksters...

    I suspect all are some form of polyester, as they are a knit fabric.
  18. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    Thanks boyo!
  19. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    The sun is too strong and/or there are too many xerophytes for me to go to shorts.
    Arcteryx Palisade are my lightest and favourites and wish the lighter colours would come up again on Sportpursuit. Nylon, I believe @Lamont-Cranston.
    My next favourite are Rab Cindercone and Rab Vertex, both discontinued I think. I'd look at the Calient if buying now. IIRC, they're polyester.
    Haglofs L.I.M. Fuse look interesting (and nylon).
    Stretch is important to me; trouser legs sticking to sweat is very wearying.
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  20. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    Yes @WilliamC nylon at least 90% nylon and a wee bit elastane works a treat. Worn through tropical Nth Q'land, Timor Leste and Cambodia 35-45 degrees celcius, 90 -100 % humidity. The best combination. Smell is minimal compared to poly blends and dries quick even in the cold and works best in dry heat too.
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  21. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    @Mole, I too don't use or like leg pockets, not just for the reason you said but why would you put a pocket on your leg?
    I used to use a cut down pair of the decathlon stretch hiking trousers, as you said the pocket limited how short they'd go, but they worked well, comfortable light and cheapish.
    Looks like they do zip offs too, zip pockets I like, though they failed on my last pair.

    Look heavy and too many zips for me.
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  22. Gneiss Boots

    Gneiss Boots Summit Camper

    Polyester. Not knitted - look like winsdshirt material but softer and matt. As I am not one of 'you' , mine actually still have the label in - in several languages! I wonder how many grams that could save me?

    They are not as wind proof as my montane and other pertex style jackets but not clammy and cooler when running than tracksters - and don't look like tracksters. 2 hand pockets, rear zipped 'wallet' pocket and drawstring waist to supplement light elastic. Good hut/travel wear, something to change into in tent etc on longer trips.

    Edited to make clear they are not knitted poly.
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  23. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    Ta for that.:thumbsup: I think I still have the tags in most of my clothes:woot:
  24. Charlie83

    Charlie83 Section Hiker

    I bought a pair of Columbia silver ridge 2 shorts the other day in the columbia sale, waiting on them arriving, 6in inseam, they still have a wee zip pocket rather than a big cargo type pocket

    Hiking shorts in general are far to long for my tastes, especially having shortish wee leggies, i end up looking like a brit tourist in those ridiculous 3/4 leg things that seem to be the rage amongst the shockingly badly dressed brigade
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  25. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    Running shorts Charlie. 10cm inseam. Cool and comfy.

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