Ultralight trousers for camp/sleeping in

Discussion in 'Clothing & Footwear' started by pyrrho101, Aug 8, 2018.

  1. pyrrho101

    pyrrho101 Trekker

    Background: I wear a pair of shorts for trekking in the day but want something clean to put on when arriving in camp.

    What do people use for wearing in camp and sleeping? Anyone got any hidden gems

    I'm looking for something that:

    1. covers ankles
    2. doesn't need a belt
    3. is comfortable to sleep in
    4. weighs less than 200g
    5. isn't waterproof

    (6. vaguely wearable in public!)

    Looking forward to hearing your ideas. Thanks!
  2. Diddi

    Diddi Section Hiker

    Ronhill tracksters :thumbsup:
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  3. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    Montane Featherlite Trail Pants are what I use.
  4. Robin

    Robin Thru Hiker

  5. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    Naturehike hiking pants from Aliexpress, ~£14 & ~100g. Description says waterproof...they're not...perhaps a dwr coating.
  6. pyrrho101

    pyrrho101 Trekker

    Thanks for the suggestion. They are out of stock and I've been told by the seller they wont be making any more.
  7. pyrrho101

    pyrrho101 Trekker

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  8. pyrrho101

    pyrrho101 Trekker

    They look great William but I can't find them in stock anywhere. I've emailed Montane...
  9. dovidola

    dovidola Ultralighter

    I sleep/camp in merino leggings. The have the additional benefit of being able to be worn as a base layer in cold conditions during the day. They do not meet your Number 6 criterion though (unless you're braver than me!)
  10. pyrrho101

    pyrrho101 Trekker

    Thanks for the suggestions. I think trousers would be better than leggings for me (same reason for not going with Ronhills Diddi!) I wouldn't feel comfortable wearing them if sweaty/wet/suncreamed.
  11. Marco

    Marco Trail Blazer

    Fabric is surprisingly comfortable. I use them during Summer to complement shorts. They have the added benefit that can be worn while hiking for wind protection and extra warmth during chilly mornings:


    However, if you are looking for something truly dedicated for camp use, I would choose some kind of baselayer fabric like merino or polypro.
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  12. Robin

    Robin Thru Hiker

    Same fabric as the quilts which is lovely and silky. Really nice against the skin. I have an earlier version with a slightly different fabric which is still nice but the current Schoeller fabric is superb.
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  13. Robin

    Robin Thru Hiker

    If you want a pair of leggings, Arcteryx Phase AR leggings are excellent. 126g
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  14. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    Strange, I got mine fairly recently. A quick search turns them up but only in M and XL. I hope it's just that they're being updated.
  15. shetland_breeder

    shetland_breeder Trail Blazer

    Why not? They are the same fabric that their quilts are made from and they a comfortable enough next to the skin.
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  16. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Rohan ultra silver longjohns for winter sleeping. I've been researching windpants as I'm after the same thing. Its A.S TUCAS or Montbell. I got some inov8 ultrapants , 90g in xl and wp, being wp I don't think I'd want to sleep in them and I suspect they'll be sweaty in hot weather/working hard but as a 'just in case' way of adding warmth when wearing shorts I'll put up with clammy legs.
    @Mole lent me a pattern for some windpants, so tempted to have a go, but the fabric isn't cheap and a premade pair is probably a safer bet.
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  17. Robin

    Robin Thru Hiker

    I use the Rohan Ultra Silvers for sleeping too
  18. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    :p this from the man who has probably spent out on pack fabrics what I spend annually on shelters:angelic:

    You'll need less than 2m of a UL pertex type fabric. Plenty around at reasonable prices?

    Ours are being made from stuff from AliExpress. I have pertex quantum in my stock box, but that's being saved for insulated gear I think.
  19. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    @pyrrho101
    Not available for years, but
    I have a pair of Mardale trousers made from an old Matt pertex fabric ( 90's vintage from when pertex was made in the UK ). They exactly fit your specs. Even have pockets.

    I dunno why outdoor companies don't do similar. Not everyone wants shiny/sporty looking gear to wear.

    Rohan used to do a very light pair of trousers which might be suitable.

    I also use Rab meco leggings in cooler times. I'm happy to wear them under shorts out in public.
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2018
  20. dovidola

    dovidola Ultralighter

    Er...each to their own, but I wear merino leggings because I find them more comfortable in precisely those conditions. Kinder in the gentlemen's department too.
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  21. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    I have cheap Ali fabric, and have some 2/3 finished apex 67 over trousers I started with your pattern. But that fabric would be a compromise, I'd rather buy in some m10, argon or the stuff adventurexpert have. I think Luke's ultralight used argon and the mix of hh and cubic feet of breath ability was meant to be the best compromise. Its just that I think I'm more than capable of making some windpants that would be so bad id wished I'd put the 30 quid of materials into the 50-60 quid for some montbells.
    No regrets re packs, I have the choice of lots of packs, all different and I like them all!
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  22. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

  23. Clare

    Clare Ultralighter

    Uniqlo airism in whatever the current configuration of trousers is. Generally under 200g, cheap, stretchy and smartish.
    I sleep in uniqlo heat tech leggings (96g) and also wear them under millaris wind trousers.
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  24. jonquirk

    jonquirk Day Walker

    Another vote for Rohan Ultra Silver long johns/ long sleeve top. I was wearing them under an Alpkit Cloud Cover quilt to sleep under my tarp during the heat wave.
  25. ZenTrekker

    ZenTrekker Trail Blazer

    Ron Hill Tracksters, 192 grams with the foot loops cut-off
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