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Wrangler All Terrain Gear Synthetic Utility Pant

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
photo: Wrangler All Terrain Gear Synthetic Utility Pant hiking pant

This is a good budget hiking pant for those who like the look of jeans. The pants are stretchy and comfortable, but not breathable or durable. They have good pockets and an otherwise simple feature set. I would likely recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • stretchy and articulated
  • cheap
  • looks decent
  • good seam quality
  • good pockets

Cons

  • not abrasion resistant
  • not great breathability
  • can't roll up or zip off

These pants are a budget option from Wrangler, who are more known for their jeans. These pants look like jeans, and I wear them when I don't want to wear anything super "hiker" for social reasons.

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Front view of Pants

They are designed for hiking though, with (synthetic) stretch fabric, good pockets, articulated knees (but not crotch), and a somewhat light build. That said, they are not meant to compete with high-end pants from PrAna or Patagonia. They are more in the realm of Columbia hiking pants, which I happen to be familiar with.

Durability:Good seams, but the knees are weak.

These pants are not great for durability. I slipped on concrete while running in Panama once and the knees got shredded (these pants were one week old). Of course, most hiking pants would be damaged by a high-speed encounter with concrete. The fabric is not ripstop, so tears may spread a little faster than in higher quality pants. I don't consider durability to be very important when buying pants because I can sew well. If you can't sew, you might want to be careful with this pant.

On the positive side, the pockets are riveted and the outer leg seam is triple stitched. These are features not commonly seen on hiking pants and I suspect it is related to Wrangler's Jeans expertise. The zippers are not YKK; they are a brand named TAT. I looked them up and they seem quality, and they haven't failed for me.

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The pant leg that had a ripped knee (sewn up). Note the minor articulation and the triple stitched seam.

Comfort: Good comfort for the price except in hot weather.

I mostly have cheap pants, so my bar for comfort may be lower than others, but these pants are comfortable. They are quite stretchy, block wind decently, and have a felt waist band liner. The softness is adequate, but not amazing. The least comfortable aspect of these pants is the lack of breathability. In summer weather, I prefer to wear my Columbia Silver Ridge pants. To exacerbate matters, there are no ventilation options unless you count mesh pockets.

Features: Good pockets, and not much else.

These are simple pants, which helps with the price. Mine have two back pockets, two front "hand pockets", and one side zippered pocket. The pockets are all well designed and mesh lined. There is a belt loop and fly, and not any other method of keeping the pants up. These pants don't have noticeable DWR.

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Fit: Fits well and slim but needs a belt.

These pants fit my 30x30 legs well. The waistband is not very stretchy so I need a belt, but with a belt they work good.

Experience

Like many hikers, I wear pants often. I strongly prefer pants over shorts, so I wear pants often. I have worn Patagonia, REI, and Columbia pants recently, as well as some Chinese no-names. I've had these pants for about a year. I have probably worn them at least 20 days camping, hiking, and traveling. I've used this product in all seasons in the southern Appalachians, as well as Panama.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: Bought from Target

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Specs

Price MSRP: $49.00
Fit Regular
Rise Mid
Front Rise 10 1/2 in
Leg Straight
Leg Opening 16 1/2 in
Front Pockets Secure zip utility pockets
Back Pocket Closure Two back pockets with no closure
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