Men's Trousers for Outdoor Camping and Activities
When deciding on a pair of trousers for outdoor activities, we would advise you consider the following three factors:
- Comfort and Practicability
Trousers for outdoor activities should be warm, comfortable and also practical for the type of activities you will be doing. Many features can affect the comfort and practicability of the trousers you choose.
Men's Outdoor Trouser Feature List
- Pockets (Zips or Buttons?)
- Insulation and material
- Packing Size
Choosing the correct trousers may seem like a quick and easy task, but you may want to look further than this to ensure that the trousers suit you and your specific requirements.
Checking and Comparing Men's Outdoor Trousers
Standard trousers, such as jeans, do not usually provide the stretch, comfort or protection that you will require when camping. They will also not keep you as warm, or dry, and usually restrict movement which is not ideal if you are taking part in various activities during your trip.
It is highly recommended to check the material used on the trousers you want to purchase. Many trousers are water resistant to protect you from the elements, and include a soft and durable inner sleeve which will keep you warm and comfortable. Some outdoor trousers may also use technical materials with a high wicking system, which will draw moisture - such as sweat - away from your skin. You will also need to consider the shape, fit, and features that the trousers include.
Specific Features of Men's Outdoor Trousers
There are some more specific features that you may want to have a look for, before purchasing your trousers:
- Gusseted Crotch
- Elasticated Waist/ankles
- Packing Size (Some trousers have an easy Storage Pocket included)
- Articulated Leg Pads
- Mesh Sections for ventilation
- Zip-Off capability (Where part of the trouser is removable to create shorts!)
Fitting of Men's Outdoor Trousers
Although fairly straight-forward, you will want to make sure that the trousers fit you properly before commencing your trip. The last thing you want is for the trousers to become uncomfortable during a hike, or any other activity.
Your trousers should not be too tight around your waist, as this will restrict both your movement, and breathing. You should be able to get two fingers underneath the waistband all the way around your trousers comfortably.
You also want to ensure that they are the correct length, if they are too short and have elasticated ankles then they will rise up your leg. They should also not be too long and create a trip hazard.
When receiving your trousers, you should make sure you can move around in them without restriction - try lunging, bending down, and standing on your tip-toes to ensure they support all of your movements comfortably.