I was recently asked by a few readers to share more about the clothes I wear when travelling/hiking/climbing/yoga-ing. After I bought my first pair of REI Aldervale Pants from REI, I knew I needed to tell Campfire Chic readers all about them…and then I went and bought myself a second pair.
An Adventure Favorite: REI Aldervale Pant
I’ve gone through 2 other hiking pants before falling completely head-over-heels for this pair. I liked them so much that I bought a second pair in a size larger and in a different color — Let’s be honest: going a size up on a pair of pants like this is great when you’re sitting in a car for a long time and leggings aren’t an option.
Being petite sometimes means less options when it comes to pants – or the options all have “dumpy butts” and elastic bands. Homie don’t play that way, so when I find something that fits well, I buy multiple pairs. After having a pair of rather restrictive/itchy zip-off pants from REI, I was interested to try out the roll-up pant instead.
- Unlike zip-off pants, it is much easier to convert my pants to the shorter style without having to take off my boots
- The material stretches a bit, so big movements are not restricted
- No towels in the reststop? These pants can take a little bit of water before they show – unlike that “creative stonewash” look you get when drying your hands on your jeans
- The tie is off to the side, so there isn’t a weird eye-drawing bump from your knot
- The waistband has a brushed feel to it so there is extra comfort there
- Packs small
- Runs true to size – They come in sizes 0 – 14 in regular and petite
- Comes in more than one color
- These are not the pants to wear through airport security – the snaps make the body scanner light up like the 4th of July
- I feel like the back pocket detail makes the pockets look angled, which could lead to a bigger-looking rump
- If your snaps come undone, the sound of metal hitting metal could get on your nerves
- If the pants are rolled down and you tend to overheat easily (like me!) it may feel a bit claustrophobic/stuffy…which is easily remedied by rolling the pants up, but still
- Car travel
- Climbing Gym
- Errands that require lots of movement
Do you have a favorite pair of pants to wear while you travel or hike?
A big THANK YOU to Amy for unknowingly contributing to today’s post.