Bring back Compass Pant!
Compared to the Compass Pant this doesn't cut it....not even close. While I like the fabric of the Trailhead...since it's not as shiny or noisy as the Compass Pant....there are several things lacking. First, the pockets are pretty useless, several times things.....important things like my wallet and cellphone.....have fallen out. The pockets aren't deep enough and open easily (poke out) when sitting or even standing/walking.....the Compass Pant had a velcro closure on the pocket and it was deep enough and didn't open (poke out), plus it had a tiny pocket within the main pocket that also had the velcro closure. The Trailhead has a little pocket outside the main pocket and it's OK, but not as discreet and certainly no velcro closure. Pockets are VERY important to me with my career and travel, they're NOT a fashion statement but a functional necessity. Next, the belt issue which has been mentioned by others. Thank goodness the Trailhead has belt loops because I must wear a belt with them. The Compass pant came with it's own, easy buckle belt that could go through the TSA x-ray without problems and didn't need to be removed for washing....great belt, stayed put, fast release buckle. And finally, with the cargo pockets so visible on Trailhead when I wear them to work it's quite noticeable that I'm wearing cargo pants (a bit too casual). At least with the Compass Pant I could wear them to work because they didn't have this issue. BRING BACK THE COMPASS PANT, but consider using the Trailhead material and color variety.
Trail or town
The fabric of the Trailhead "feels" thick, but they are a very light and breathable pant. Personally these would be better for cool weather hiking for me as I heat up pretty quickly and prefer items with more layering possibilities. The roll up cuff option is neat, but not sure how useful I will find it, unless I'm at the beach. (Now there's a thought...)
So far have just worn them to the office (its pretty casual), but would actually take them out on the trail. Fabric seems durable enough to offer protection without pulling or tearing from every day trail obstacles.
Rise is a bit high giving me a gap at the back, but this is a problem I have with most pants. Rest of the fit is fine.
And huzzah for a 31 inch inseam! Long enough to touch my shoes without dragging in the dirt.
Looking forward to getting these out of the office and into the woods.
Oh, and normally color isn't a bit thing to me, but the Pelican color fabric is too transparent. Everyone would know I'm wearing my Sunday undies on a Tuesday.
Performance & Comfort In One
I bought these pants prior to a summer vacation in which I wasn't sure what activity I would get myself into. I was impressed by the fit and stretch of the material and the pockets were an added bonus. I also liked that they could be rolled to capri length. I actually ended up wearing these pants on a 3hr horseback ride in hot weather in July in the OBX. They were perfect! They were cool/comfortable/stretchy and also allowed for a few stashed essentials in the pockets (zippered on the back and side leg good for a key and cards/ID/cash) and the velcro pocket good for easy access to a camera) and protection from abrasions and bugs while riding. These pants would be great for hiking as they have a lot of stretch. They also look like they could go from adventure into the casual evening and be dressed up a little while traveling (I bought them in black). Very pleased with my choice.
I wear this type of pant in cool weather and when traveling. I travel to Scotland a lot and the quick dry fabric is so helpful and lightweight to pack. I have not taken these on a trip yet. They are extremely comfortable with the stretch fabric and the blue color is a nice option. I anticipate that I will get baggy knees fairly quickly though. I am 5'3" and 3/4 and had a bit of trouble finding a happy inseam. I seem to be right in between the regular and the short....no fault to the pants. I find that the entire pant gets smaller not just the length when going short. I ended up with the regular and can always take a small hem in needed.
I went in looking for the Compass pants like lots of other reviewers, but found these instead. They feel a lot less sporty/hikey and more like a casual pant, but I gave them a try and am now not sure I would go back. They look better, can go to a restaurant without wondering if I'm dressed enough etc., and they're a lot more comfortable running than I expected. As in totally comfortable, not noticeable! They're also quite tough, where the Compass would pull and not retain shape, these stay true to shape. My only complaint is colors - none of them go with my skin tone. I went with black, but really wish there was a khaki and a gray in the selections.
Love these pants!
I recently went on vacation to Ireland (cool, rainy) and Paris (warm, sunny). These pants will convert from long to capri length so were appropriate for both climates. We were traveling two weeks and I took three pairs, two black and one beige, and just kept washing them in the hotel sinks and drying them in the shower stall. They would dry overnight if I rolled them up in a towel to get out excess water before hanging. Also, I work in a casual setting and wear these pants long with a nice shirt. They are very comfortable with nice material and style.
Stylish, Light Weight and Utilitarian
With a flattering fit and a variety of sizes and lengths to fit all body types, these trail pants are a wonderful addition to anyone's closet who is serious about hiking. These pants have enough stretch to move with you but not lose their shape, are water resistant and lightweight enough for a hot long day on the trail yet versatile enough to wear over long underwear on colder days. So...run to EMS and grab yourself several pairs while they last!
The color is appealing and the versatility of these pants is awesome. They do stretch out after a day of wear but come out of the wash like new. At 5'3 and 138 with a curvy backside, I am between a 10 and 12 so I sized up and they fit great: flattering back, no gapping, a little long but not ridiculously so, and capri length fits just right. Great pants.
Bought these slacks for a trip to Europe and started wearing them right away. They are by far the most comfortable casual slacks I have ever owned. The fabric has just the right amount of give, yet they hold their shape. They fit comfortably just below the waist and the pockets are just right - not too many and not too big. I would definitely buy more.
Best pants i've ever owned, period!
I got two pair of Trail Pants in black and ivory, and got loads of complements on the fit and style. My partner went out and got a pair for herself. We both love them so much, that we purchaced additional pairs in blue, kakhi and black online. The length option S-R-L makes these the ultimate perfect pair of slacks for so many occasions.