The snap-up pant legs offer an option for warmer weather or when wading through streams. While we have featured many pairs of great hiking pants in this review, the truth is that none were better than the Prana Stretch Zion. Likewise, despite coming with a DWR finish, it must have worn off by the time we did our water resistance testing, as these pants took on water faster than most.
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Report your issue Only associates can see this. Items sold by Walmart. Select items that are not included in Shipping Pass will ship for free but with value shipping. Look for items sold by Walmart. They also feel great to hike in, and we loved them for days at the sport crag as well. While the Stretch Zion were the highest overall scorers based upon their scores for comfort, versatility, and their nearly perfect features, we don't want to let them off the hook for aspects where they weren't the cream of the crop.
We found them to be lacking in ventilation options compared to the competition, and they didn't seem to breathe as well in our comparative tests as the thinner and lighter Patagonia Quandary.
There is no doubt that these pants are comfier for cooler weather, but wouldn't be our first choice for the heat of summer. Likewise, despite coming with a DWR finish, it must have worn off by the time we did our water resistance testing, as these pants took on water faster than most. They performed fine in a light drizzle, but we would also be cautious if heavy rain is a guarantee in your itinerary.
With these two caveats aside, these were our favorite hiking pants of From the standpoint of comfort, there are not many negative things that can be said about these pants. The material is soft and comfortable, and they fit our body well; not too tight, not too loose.
They provide stretch for hiking in and are a suitable option for activities like yoga or climbing. The snap-up pant legs offer an option for warmer weather or when wading through streams.
We didn't feel claustrophobic or constrained when sitting in them for long periods of time, and in colder climates these pants did a great job with temperature acclimation as they offer some insulation, allowing us to focus our energy on what we are doing rather than what we are wearing. As in years past, we still wish the crotch zipper was slightly longer in these pants — it feels like it stops too short. That said, we experienced no tightness or constrictions with the cut of the crotch, and likewise, these pants fit better in the upper thighs and front hips area than either the Patagonia Quandary or the Mountain Hardwear Men's Hardwear AP Pant.
While the fit is on the slimmer side, the lower legs didn't feel anywhere close to as thin as the legs of the KUHL Kontra Air. The result was that this was the most comfortable pant in our review, and thus we awarded it 9 out of 10 points. This pant felt a bit hot compared to some of the other lighter pants in this review. The thinner cut pant sleeves seemed to allow less airflow within the pants than we experienced with the REI Co-op Screeline , and thus these felt slightly stuffier.
Much like that pant, the Stretch Zion has tiny vent holes in the crotch region to facilitate breathing, but we found them to have minimal effect in reducing built up heat while toiling in a hot sun. Mesh-lined pockets are a common tactic to increase ventilation among hiking pants, but unlike the Screeline or Kontra Air , these pants had only two mesh-lined pockets, the front handwarmer pockets.
And while they do have small plastic snap buttons to hold the cuffs up if you need some extra air on the lower legs, this method was not as efficient as a full conversion to shorts that is possible with the Stretch Zion Convertible.
At the end of the day, while they are the most comfortable, they didn't fare as well when the going was hot, and we enjoyed them more as a spring and fall pant than a summer one.
Whether you are day hiking or trying to select the only pair of pants you will bring on a long backpacking trip, the Stretch Zion is a good choice.
They are also the perfect choice for rock climbing, working, travel, or hanging out at the local pub. As a "do everything" pant that also thrives on the trail, these pants were naturally one of the most versatile. We've already mentioned that we didn't test the Stretch Zion Convertible this year, but having the option to purchase the convertibles raised their versatility in our minds. Only The North Face Paramount 3. As a pant that can handle a lot more than merely hiking, we awarded it 9 out of 10 for versatility.
There is no doubt in our minds that water resistance is the weakest aspect of this pant, and if you are searching for a pair of hiking pants for your next trek through the tropical rain forest, we would urge you to stay away. In a light mist, there was a bit of resistance to absorbing water. However, anything more than that led to pretty much immediate absorption, in line with the REI Screeline. With relatively poor test results, we couldn't award more than 5 points for water resistance.
The Stretch Zion Pants have three front and two rear pockets, an adjustable waist belt, snap-up pant legs and marginally helpful ventilation holes in the crotch. The open front and rear pockets provide easy access while keeping their contents secure. The mesh fabric interior of the pockets increases the Zion 's breathability. The cargo zipper pocket on the side of the leg is extremely useful for securing valuables and important items when on the move.
The dual-access thigh pocket zippered access on top and the side is useful. Initially, we thought this might be gimmicky, but we appreciated the side access when wearing a harness. The waist tightening system is low profile and works great, and we were happy to have the option of not wearing a belt underneath our pack waist strap.
Overall, we thought these pants had the third best set of features, based mostly on how well they functioned, rather than a total number.
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