Mountain Hardwear AP 3/4 Pants
An excellent, albeit unconventional choice if you…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $55 on sale
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
- 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.