Whether you're a seasoned hiker or new to the trails, it doesn't take long to realize that the right gear, from hiking boots to hydration packs, will make a trip exploring the great outdoors much more comfortable and enjoyable. Same goes for apparel — as we creep closer to the fall and winter seasons, it's just about time to exchange your favorite shorts for a pair of durable, comfortable leggings that will keep up with you on the trails.
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We've rounded up six pairs of leggings that are specifically designed for hiking and climbing, meaning that they include helpful features like water- and abrasion-resistant material, reinforced panels, and secure zippered pockets.
These sleek black leggings are ideal for hiking and climbing since they're made from breathable, quick-drying material. They're also highly compressive and feature an internal drawcord for a secure fit. You'll also find a hidden pocket at the waist for storing small essentials.
To buy: thenorthface.com, $79
These leggings are impressively durable, since they're made with a double-fabric overlay, which prevents snags when climbing over rocks and hiking rough terrain. Plus, both zippered and Velcro pockets will keep your essentials secure while you hit the trails.
To buy: prana.com, $89
L.L.Bean's Hike Tights were made for adventures. They're made from a durable blend of nylon, polyester, and Lycra spandex, with abrasion-resistant fabric overlays on the knees and seat. Plus, the leggings are water-resistant and UPF 50+ rated, so they'll keep you protected from the elements rain or shine.
To buy: llbean.com, $65 (originally $89)
Athleta's hiking tights will keep you comfortable and stylish on and off the trail, with their sleek, functional cargo style, complete with six secure zippered pockets. The leggings are made from water- and abrasion-resistant fabric, making them a comfortable and durable choice for outdoor excursions.
To buy: athleta.gap.com, from $40 (originally $108)
These cropped high-rise leggings are both flattering and functional. They're made from stretchy, moisture-wicking fabric with UPF 50+ sun protection. The waistband also provides a secure fit ensuring that the leggings won't fall down while you're on the move.
To buy: eddiebauer.com, $56 (originally $80)
Serious adventurers will love these durable hiking leggings from Fjällräven. They're made from densely knit nylon that provides a comfortable, secure fit. Reinforced panels on the knees and seat prevent snags in high-stress areas. There are also several secure zippered pockets, as well as a slip pocket specifically designed to hold a map, making it easier than ever to carry your essentials on the trail.
To buy: zappos.com, $175
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