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Mountain Hardwear AP 3/4 Pants

rated 5.0 of 5 stars

The AP 3/4 Pants has been discontinued. It was replaced by the Mountain Hardwear Logan Canyon 3/4 Pant.

photo: Mountain Hardwear AP 3/4 Pants hiking pant

An excellent, albeit unconventional choice if you can't decide between shorts or long pants, especially during the shoulder seasons.


  • Man Capris!
  • Excellent workmanship
  • Sturdy fabric
  • Great fit
  • Comfortable


  • Man Capris! (could be a style violation)

Often as I am getting ready for a hike in autumn or spring, I have to make a decision whether to wear shorts or long pants. Shorts might be too cool, but full long pants might get too warm. I have often found myself hiking with long pants cuffed up to ventilate.

I've seen 3/4 length pants like this for a few years now, and wondered how they'd work out. My previous wife told me not to get them, as she thought it was a terrible fashion faux-pas for guys. But the love-of-my life suggested I give them a try. I saw them on sale, so ordered them up!

The cotton/nylon blend, has just a little elastane giving it a nice stretchy fit. The canvas weight fabric is sturdy, and shows no abrasion, even with some encounters with Sierra granite. The fabric is a bit heavy, and would like likely be too warm in the hot summer months. But in cooler weather, it is perfect, with a nice balance between breathability and warmth.

The inseam is 19 inches, and hits at about mid-calf on my shortish legs. The fly closure is a rivet style, so won't get loose over time, like a regular sewn-in button might. The YKK zipper is metal instead of nylon, so should last a long time. I have had nylon zippers blow out in hiking pants and shorts way before their time, so this is a big selling point for me.

There are five pockets: two zip pockets on the back, two hip pockets, and a velcro thigh pocket which is the perfect size for a cell phone. The inside of the pockets is a nylon mesh. The pockets are all well placed and easy to access.


I have worn them on a few outings now, and am more than happy with the result. On an end-of-season hike in the Desolation Wilderness, they were just right. Never felt hot, but never felt cold either. Several subsequent hikes in the Sierra foothills have confirmed that this was a great choice.

If you can get past the fact that they are "capris," which is an unusual look for men, these are a great alternative for cool weather hiking, cyling, or climbing. 

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $55 on sale

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