Are hiking trousers just like any other trousers? We reveal our little designer secrets! Firstly, hiking trousers are differentiated by their comfort giving greater freedom of movement so you feel at ease in your clothing on your outings. Forget everyday jeans, although protective they are sometimes stiff and thick. The aim of the trousers is to wick away perspiration as quickly as possible so your legs stay dry even after a long slope leading to a view that takes your breath away. You see us coming: There are 2 main criteria to consider: the intensity of your activity and the weather conditions.
First, ask yourself what kind of physical exercise you will be doing when wearing the pants. To do this, take into account the elevation, duration of your hike, as well as your physical conditions (we’re not all equal faced with activity and perspiration, etc.).
Depending on your gender, the features and small details vary by model to best adapt to user needs and desires. However, the most common cuts are regular, loose and fitted.
The difference in cut are:
- diameter of the thighs, buttocks with a wider shape or stretch fabrics for larger pelvis and thighs
- pre-formed knees or not
- more adjustable waistband on the women's trousers
- accessorisation, the number and size of pockets for example.
In recent year, hiking leggings have become popular, as flexible and comfortable as running or yoga leggings but made from more durable material and above all, with pockets!
When it comes to kids’ hiking clothing, of course you need to look at ranges designed for kids as their proportions aren't the same. Beyond this notion of common sense, there are no major anatomical differences between girls and boys before puberty. Your pre-pubescent kids can wander around the entire department without paying too much attention to the "girl"/"boy" labels.
When it comes to trousers, since that’s the subject of this article, go for those that are reinforced and breathable. To manage hot flushes after a peak of activity (or because your kid spends their time saying "I’m cold, I’m hot, I’m cold, etc.), there are trousers with a zip fastening that convert from trousers to shorts in kids’ sizes. Finally, go for big pockets (as a kid you can bring back half the mountain, sea or forest to the mountains with small stones, feathers, foliages, etc. Be careful however not to pick any protected species).