You can do anything in these pants. Anything. (Photo: Olivia Balsinger)
I don’t own “hiking pants.” When they appeared as a recommended item on the packing list for a recent Adventure Week in the Western Balkans excursion that I was attending, I scratched my head and thought about whether I could hike in jeans or perhaps yoga pants.
"You need something that breathes," one of my more adventurous friends told me. "And something with lots of pockets."
She pointed me in the direction of Clothing Arts’ women’s travel pants, and after 12 days in Albania, Kosovo, and Macedonia, I can attest to the fact that I may never travel in any other pants ever again. I’m ashamed to admit how often I wore these pants.
I’m just drinking out of a stream on the highest mountain in Kosovo. (Photo: Faton Cakolli)
I climbed mountains in them, biked in them, rode horses in them, cuddled more stray dogs and cats than I can count in them. I even slept in them (I’m gross). I traveled through three countries with temperature swings of 30 degrees. I haven’t been this obsessed with a pair of pants since I discovered that fancy sweatpants come in cashmere.
Never lose your smartphone again. (Photo: Clothing Arts)
There are many things that make these pants wonderful. I will mention just a few. They are equipped with six multisecure pockets and a triple-secure hidden passport/money pocket. They are wrinkle, rain, and stain resistant. They have two smartphone pockets, which is excellent because I do carry two smartphones when I travel. They have dual gussets, which make them oddly slimming and attractive. They roll up to Capri size when it gets hot or when you want to wade leisurely in a mountain stream. They wick moisture — whatever that means. I just know I never felt wet.
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I can’t say enough good things about these pants. Now that they have proven themselves in the Balkans, I am psyched to road-test them in Utah later this week.
Don’t worry, I finally washed them.