My favorite “adventure pants” – REI Aldervale Pants Review

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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


Kam of Campfire Chic shares her favorite pair of pants for hiking, climbing, and road trips - Campfire Chic

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



The REI Aldervale Roll-Up Pants come in Shale and Pewter Green - Review on Campfire Chic

 Good for:

  • Car travel
  • Climbing Gym
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Gardening/Yardwork
  • Errands that require lots of movement

You can order a pair of REI Aldvervale Roll Up Pants via the REI website (here are the petite pants) or stop by your local store to check them out.

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.

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  • Meg August 21, 2013, 8:32 am

    Personally I’ve been favoring the dipper pants from Athleta. Your review is very similar to how I’d review the dipper pants (same airport issue!!) They also make them in a jean looking material when you need to not look like your about to hike but want the comfort if hiking pants and they have all different length shorts in the same style, I love the Bermuda length

    • Kam August 28, 2013, 7:59 am

      I’ve decided that leggings are now airport pants! I’ll have to look into the pants you mentioned, I believe I have an Ahtleta near me (I think I emailed you about this already, but oh well!)

  • Angie August 26, 2013, 12:06 am

    I love these! Thank you so much for posting about these. <3 They sound so comfortable!!!

    • Kam August 28, 2013, 7:59 am

      These will probably be great for your bike camping trip

  • Bawel January 23, 2015, 5:23 pm

    Actually I wear this pants through airport security and it was fine. I love this pants, especially for long distance travel, sitting down on plane. They’re so comfy and I’m glad REI just restocked them again :), I got them at clearance for $33/pair

    • Kam February 2, 2015, 8:34 pm

      Thanks for the update, Bawel. I sometimes get stopped if I’m traveling by myself, so maybe they used the pants as an excuse to stop me?


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