What pants to bring as a female for long term travel?

When choosing which travel pants to bring for our RTW trip I knew I wanted ones that are comfortable, lightweight, versatile and durable. Particularly since I am only bringing two pairs for the entire year! There are many options out there, so it took a bit of researching, looking at reviews and purchasing and returning several pairs before I got the right ones. Ultimately, I decided on the Marmot Lobo’s convertible hiking pant and the Prana Aria pant.

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Marmot Lobo’s Convertible Hiking Pant

I have worn Marmot brand pants before and was very happy, so I figured I would give them a try again. Here’s the rundown:

  • The Lobo’s convertible hiking pant is made out of a light to medium weight material with a bit of stretch to it.
  • Pants that sit low on the waist are most comfortable for me, and these sit nice and low.
  • They are a straight leg relaxed fit and a little large in the waist for the overall size, but not dumpy feeling by any means. I will need to wear a belt with the size I got, but I did that on purpose so I can fit a base layer on underneath when we are in cold climates.
  • The Marmot Lobo’s have five pockets – two front open pockets, two velcro closure back pockets, and one side/thigh zipper pocket. I wish the pockets were all zipper closure, but I doubt I will be storing much in my pockets anyway for security reasons.
Convert to Capris & Shorts

I do love that these pants convert to either capris or shorts. I know, I know, I may look more like a tourist wearing convertible pants, but I will take that risk for the benefit of having different options for different climates. To convert these pants into capris you simply roll them up and place a loop over a button. Turning them into shorts is the typical zipper release. Often the concern with this is skin irritation where the zipper is. These pants have nice material coverage remaining when you undo the zippers, so I hope this will not be an issue.

Prana Aria Pant – my new favorites!

A new brand for me, but one that got very good reviews over and over. I have to say, these are probably the most comfortable hiking pants I have ever tried on.

  • They are made out of a light weight material that is VERY soft and has some stretch to it.
  • Like the Marmot Lobo’s pant, the Prana Aria pant sits low on the waist, but they taper in a bit better at the waist and fit perfectly. No belt required.
  • They are a slightly tapered fit and a bit slimmer cut, but because of the stretch in the material they are still roomy feeling.
  • The Prana Aria pant has four pockets – two back and two front. All of them are zipper closure, which is great!
  • Again these are convertible pants, but only to capris, not shorts as well. They convert to capris by rolling them up and snapping a strap over the roll. 

If you are looking for comfortable well made hiking pants for your travels, I would highly suggest these pants. I plan to give an update on how these pants are holding up and if I still love them after being on the road for a while. Do you have a favorite hiking/travel pant?

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Deborah Robbins · May 30, 2018 at 10:15 am

I love this review. As someone who wears cargo pants a lot, this was very helpful.

    Rachel · May 31, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    I’m glad you found it helpful!

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