The best walking trousers 2017

Discover the top walking trousers that’ll allow you to trek, clamber and climb in comfort

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There’s a slight probability that there may be more technical thought put into walking trousers than some software programmes. Well… probably not, but you get the idea - walking trousers aren’t just a glorified pair of chinos. They have been specially developed with carefully chosen materials to bring you an item that meets a whole manner of requirements. 

Our pick of the best walking trousers at the moment is the Berghaus Explorer Eco.

If you have got to the stage where you are specifically looking for a pair of walking trousers, then you have probably been on several walks in your old chinos, jeans or 'old' shorts and found that they don't quite do the job anymore. If you are a frequent walker, a pair of hiking trousers that is designed for the elements as well as for comfort will revolutionise you strolling sessions, trust us.

 How to buy the best walking trousers for you

From walking trousers with zip off legs that convert longs to shorts in an instant, through to multi-pocket trousers that have a space for every gadget and accessory possible, this outdoor wardrobe hero is a game changer when it comes to trekking.

When looking for walking trousers, think about whether you want them for warm weather or for cold weather. There are lighter wicking materials for warmer climates and thicker, fleece lining for colder walks. Think about whether you really need them to have high breathability as this can often increase the price of walking trousers when you may not need that feature. 

Fit and style are usually down to personal preference but typically all walking trousers tend to be styled on the looser side. When you’re striding through the countryside or clambering up hills, you want to make your walk as comfortable as possible, so be sure check the waist size of the trousers you pick; remember, you can always tighten up the belt fastening on your trousers, you can't magically make them bigger so opt for the higher end of your waist measurement when selecting walking trousers.

We’ve selected our top picks this season based on durability and comfort to help you find you perfect walking slacks.

Our pick of the best walking trousers to buy today

1. Berghaus Explorer Eco

Be prepared come rain or shine

Specifications
Best for: Comfort
UPF: 50+
Material: Nylon
Pockets: 5
Reasons to buy
+Comfortable fit+Eco-friendly manufacture
Reasons to avoid
-Baggy around the bum

If comfort prioritises over style, you won’t get much better. These trousers have a generous fit and a non-elasticated waistband which means no digging in! There’s not one, but five pockets - so make sure you don’t forget where you put things. Having said that, two of the pockets are designed for hand warming - so now who’s laughing? Add to that the eco-friendly manufacturing process, and you can be completely satisfied that you’re doing your bit to ensure that your favourite walks will stick around for future generations to enjoy. The Berghaus Explorer Eco are simply designed meaning that they go with anything and have the added bonus of handy pockets and belt loops making them great value for money.

2. Fjallraven Vidda Pro

Clue is in the name - for the go hard or go home types

Specifications
Best for: Hardcore trekking
UPF: n/a
Material: Polyester & Cotton
Pockets: 7
Reasons to buy
+Extremely durable+Incredibly waterproof
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive

These are serious walking trousers for Bear Grylls wannabes. Thanks to the G-1000 Original fabric, you won’t be getting wet or cold any time soon regardless of what weather you chuck at these trousers. What’s also good to know is they’ve also been inbuilt with additional bum and knee support - so slipping and sliding down banks and tripping over tree roots aren’t so much of a rip hazard. With 7 pockets, all of which having their individual uses, you know these trousers aren’t messing about.  

3. Sherpa Mirik Pant

Value for money performance

Specifications
Best for: Everyday walking
UPF: n/a
Material: Cotton, Nylon & Spandex
Pockets: 3
Reasons to buy
+Fabric allows ease of movement+Water-repellent
Reasons to avoid
-Only 3 pockets 

Available for both men and women, these Sherpa Mirik Pants are a great choice for anyone who finds regular trousers too restricting when walking. Combining water repellent fabric with a tailored design, these walking trousers are a wardrobe must for regular trekkers. They feature a much more regular fit than most walking trousers and have great stretching ability meaning you’re free to climb hills and rocky faces without annoying seams digging in. As a mid-weight fabric, it a great all rounder, though to be avoided on stupidly hot or crazy cold days.  At an RRP of £50, you can’t complain about the price either. 

4. Mountain Hardwear Chockstone Trousers

A technical trouser with excellent stretching ability

Specifications
Best for: Ease of movement
UPF: 50
Material: Nylon & Elastane
Pockets: 4
Reasons to buy
+Great for multi terrains+Suitable for rock climbing
Reasons to avoid
-No-go if you prefer baggy

If you like a fitted trouser, then these are the ones for you. Keep in mind that one of their main selling points is the stretchiness, so you don’t need to worry about being restricted. While they are waterproof and wind resistant, these  Mountain Hardwear Chockstone Trousers aren’t the most heavy duty on the market - so if you’re planning on going right into the wilderness, perhaps step it up a gear and opt for the Fjallraven Vidda Pro Trousers. But, for an avid hiker who likes the odd rock climb or scramble, these are a great middle weight trouser that will last years.

5. Montane Terra Ridge

Move mountains with these trousers

Specifications
Best for: Sports
UPF: 50+
Material: Granite Stretch
Pockets: 4
Reasons to buy
+Fast drying fabric+Reinforced for extra strength
Reasons to avoid
-Not the most waterproof 

These women’s trousers are primed for mountain hikes.  Featuring GRANITE STRETCH Dynamic fabric, they dry faster than you can say ‘rain drop’. But, having said that, they don't feature the strongest waterproofing so save these for when the mountains are green rather than covered in snow. Lightweight yet tough, these should be your first choice if you’re planning on attacking the Alps or hiking the Highlands when the weather is warm. And let’s not forget the side vents incase you need to air yourself out a little. If you are heading off on the 3 Peaks Challenge and want a pair of walking trousers that is comfortable and low maintenance, these are the ones.

6. PrAna Bronson Pant

For the fashion conscious

Specifications
Best for: Closest thing to regular trousers
UPF: 50+
Material: Cotton & Spandex
Pockets: 5
Reasons to buy
+Available in range of colours+Organic cotton
Reasons to avoid
-Not waterproof

These chino-esque walking trousers are for those that love walking but want to adopt a more stylish approach to covering some countryside mileage. Okay, so they’re hardly going to be your next pair of Armani jeans but the organic cotton fabric weaved with spandex provides you with a sturdy, durable trouser that’s comfortable to wear whether you’re popping to the pub or taking the dog out for a run around the fields. If you normally opt to go out walking in your 'normal clothes' but want to upgrade with some trousers that are walking specific without looking like Ray Mears, opt for these.

7. Berghaus Navigator II Stretch Pant

A great everyday walking trouser

Specifications
Best for: Long legs
UPF: 50+
Material: Nylon & Elastane
Pockets: 6
Reasons to buy
+Lightweight+Dry quickly
Reasons to avoid
-Sizing comes up long

If you are looking for a reliable item to take on your annual walking holiday, look no further than this trusted Berghaus walking trouser. Offering high durability and abrasion resistance, these trousers are tough enough for you to tackle even the rockiest terrain. If you happen to come across a stream or two or the heavens open halfway, they’re also packing a highly water repellent finish, making them a great all-rounder for the walking wardrobe. They dry quick, have 6 pockets and, whilst a little baggy, look pretty good too. If you want a trusted brand and you're not too fussy about fit and style, these are a great option.

Looking to kit the kids out or your next hike? Check out the best walking boots for kids to ensure you have a whole team of happy campers!