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Q:

What Are the Best Spring Hiking Pants?

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:It’s a great time to splash around in the spring thaw. But if your pants aren’t designed to repel water or dry quickly, you’ll be miserable by the end of the day. Luckily for you, several makers of technical apparel have launched hiking pants this season with features to combat messy conditions.

Look for durable water-repellant treatments to shed rain, reinforced patches on the knees and backside for high durability, and good ultraviolet protection ratings to shield you from the sun (an essential feature around reflective surfaces such as melting snow).

Patagonia Men's Harding
Marmot Highland
Mountain Hardwear Men's Portino Convertible
Arc'teryx Men's Rampart

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