The North Face Taggart Pants
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $45
Well-built, lightweight hiking pants great for general hiking and approaches. They run true to size and with a slimmer cut than similar pants. The stretch fabric is welcome when scrambling and doesn't feel confining, even with the slimmer cut. Dries quickly.
- Durable material
- Double material at knees and back in the heel area
- Dries quickly
- Not windproof, need a baselayer on cold days
- Pockets really stick out with even a light load
Overall the pants are very comfortable, stretch where needed, and have belt loops than can accommodate a 2" belt. They run true to size and have a lined waistband. If you use a small belt, say 1" wide, the waistband will fold over at times.
My pair, 34" waist, weighs 11 oz and compresses into one of the rear pockets. When you uncompress the pants, they will have a lot of wrinkles but they will fall out in a hour or two. There isn't a lot of room for layering under the pants, but there is room for a skintight base layer.
These are slim cut pants, so anything you put in the pockets will create a bulge; so stuff like keys or wallets will not move much, and may not be comfortable while hiking. I tend to pull everything out of my pockets while hiking anyway. Most of the pockets have zippers which work well. The small pocket on the left leg doesn't have a zipper and it's sized for a cell phone or in my case, reading glasses.
The base layer is really needed in colder weather, especially when it's windy. In warmer weather, the fabric is breathable enough to be comfortable for me in 80 degree, humid weather and wicks well.
Over the past year, I've taken them through some really harsh underbrush, and the abrasion resistance is quite good. I've only had one snag from briers, and the rip stop nature of the material stopped any rips. I've had no issues with any of the zippers.
In the summer they normally stay in my backpack. They are light enough that I don't mind carrying them along for use as needed. Got them really muddy one time, washed them out in a creek, and they were dry by the next morning.