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The Best Spring Hiking Pants: Marmot Highland

I’m looking for a pair of quick-drying pants for hiking in the slush and rain over the next few weeks. I need to look presentable if we stop at a brewpub on the way back. What have you got for me?

A:All clothing provides some protection from the sun, but Marmot’s Highland pants have a UPF rating of 50, so you’re covered in equatorial regions, high elevations, and areas where water or snow reflect a lot of light. Made from durable and fast-drying nylon with rugged twill patches over the knees, the Highland pant features a closure at the hem to keep mud and slush locked out over the course of a trek. Available in both men’s and women’s styles.

Material: Nylon and elastic
Colors: Slate gray, dark olive
Weight: 17.6 ounces
Price: $110

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