Trousers to Wear in the Big Outdoors: The Top 10

You need some good pants; this is indisputable. Whether you’re going on a massive hike, or want something nice looking that’s going to work for hitchhiking as well, you’re going to need some good, sturdy, yet nice looking, pants. Here are our favourites.

1. Pentagon Hermes Activity Pants

Made of durable four-way stretch fabric, a mid-weight combination of nylon and Elastane, Hermes Activity Pants from Pentagon are built for adventure. Their durable YKK main zipper with Jeans rivet button, a stretchy waist and adjustable leg hems guarantee perfect fit whatever you’re doing, while reinforced Ripstop patches on high-worn areas provide extra protection against abrasion. Add a set of useful pockets, including compact tool sleeve pocket, and you have a pair of pants for any outdoor pursuit.

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2. Pentagon Aris Tac Pants

Perfect for everyday wear as well as demanding outdoor ventures Pentagon Aris Tac Pants come with self-locking YKK zip fly, internal knee pad pockets and multiple storage pockets, including expandable cargo pockets with inner sleeves. Crafted from sturdy two-way mechanical stretch polycotton Ripstop, and with diamond crotch, triple stitching on stress points and elasticated tunnel tube waistband, Aris Tac Pants can endure any situation while maintaining contemporary look and feel.

3. First Tactical Men’s Tactix Tactical Pants

Is ‘tactical’ good for the outdoors? Yes, it is! First Tactical Tactix Tactical Pants face toughest jobs daily when worn by police and law enforcement personnel so they will do as well while hiking or camping. Made of sturdy two-way stretch double Ripstop fabric with water-repellent DuPont Teflon Shield+ treatment, these pants are ultra lightweight and functional, and come with multiple utility pockets, running gusset for ease of movement and unique sliding Comfort Flex Action Waist system for a flawless fit in any circumstances.

4. Helikon UTP Trousers

With a design inspired by the legendary military and tactical trousers, Helikon Urban Tactical Pants have all the best features and then some. With a classic jeans shape, elastic waistband with Velcro fastener and YKK zip fly, and many pockets including spacious zipped thigh cargo pockets, these comfortable and functional mid-profile trousers are excellent for discretely carrying various equipment, and offer an exceptional freedom of movement.

5. Helikon Outdoor Tactical Pants

These great combat trousers are a part of Helikon’s Outdoor Tactical Line for a good reason. Built of stretchable and moisture-wicking fabric, they are breathable and lightweight and come with anatomic cut, elastic waist with Velcro fastener and YKK zipper fly. There is also enough pockets to fit all the necessary outdoor essentials. Such as deep hands pockets with strengthened edges for gear clips, and two cargo pockets with reversed zips and inner elastic bands. Moreover, their design is based on Helikon’s classic UTP Pants so you can be sure every detail was already thoroughly field-tested.

6. Propper Men’s Stretch Tactical Pants

Propper Stretch Tactical Pants feature action-stretch waistband, YKK zip fly, reinforced seat and knees for added durability and protection, and multiple easily accessible pockets, including pleated side cargo pockets, for all storage needs. Moreover, these trousers with a relaxed fit are made of stretchable fabric, a blend of nylon and Spandex, with unique Teflon protector, so are lightweight and quick-drying, fade and wrinkle resistant and repel dirt and water.

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7. Condor Cipher Pants

With Cipher Pants, Condor proved that combining modern aesthetics with technical performance is possible. These tactical trousers are built with lightweight and quick-drying stretch fabric and feature an elastic waistband, gusseted crotch and articulated knees. With a contemporary slim fit and improved breathability and manoeuvrability, enhanced by micromesh pocket liners, Condor Cipher Pants are ideal for hiking, travel and everyday wear.

8. Brandit Pure Vintage Trousers

If you prefer more relaxed fit, try Brandit Pure Vintage Trousers. These super comfortable cargo pants feature button fly, internal waist belt and drawstring legs for a custom fit, and multiple cargo pockets. Made from breathable and soft cotton, these classic military style cargo trousers are ideal for hiking or travel.

9. Brandit Savannah Trousers

With the ability to transform these long trousers into shorts and 3/4 length version Brandit Savannah Trousers are the instant outdoor wear classic. Lightweight and comfortable, the pants feature a standard zip fly with button, hand and rear zipped pockets and large side cargo pockets with Velcro and inner compartments. Made from durable Polycotton material, Brandit Savannah trekking trousers are ideal for hiking, camping or fishing enthusiasts.

10. Jack Pyke Countryman Trousers

When the bad weather hits a right pair of trousers means everything. Heavy duty Jack Pyke Countryman cargo trousers were designed with an outdoor man in mind and feature an elasticated waist and versatile pockets including two spacious cargo pockets. Made of enduring cotton canvas reinforced with 600D waterproof Oxford Cordura at the knees and seat, these pants are perfect for hunting and demanding outdoor operations.

Bonus 11! Highlander Combat Kilt

Not a trousers person? We get it! Lightweight and unquestionably breathable Combat Kilt from Highlander may be just for you. Although it’s designed and tested in Scotland, you don’t have to be Scotish to wear a kilt, and this one has many features which are extremely useful when out and about. Including deep rear pocket with a reinforced edge and two side cargo pockets with pen loops to accommodate accessories. Perfect for hiking and trekking, Combat Kilt will keep you on the go and certainly turn some heads.



Danie is a crazy nomad who has been traveling the world for five years straight. Check out her stories at, or read on for posts from people all over the world!

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