hiking pants

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what is the best hiking 3/4 pants today , i sail in warm water and airprene looks ok but zhik too.
i don't want something heavy..


Rob B

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The Zhik Hybred pant with power pads is by far the best and lightest weight product on the market for warm waters.
I have just bought the zhik shorts with powerpads.

I previously had the zhik 3/4 pants (traditional style)

I will never go back, the powerpads are how hikers should have been designed from the beginning
i have queensport grey ones and zhik first generation and 2nd generation ones

personally if you want lightweight ones go for the queensport or the SEA airprene ones as i have used them both. zhik ones are good when its windy but the pads seem too bulky when its light winds

also with winter coming up i am looking to buy a longjohn hiker.
i reckon the options are zhik microfleece or superwarm, rooster shin tech or gul longjohn. anyone had any experience with any of these
oh and i sail in scotland and it does get quite cold!

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what is the difference between the zhik shorts with powerpadsand the zhik 3/4 pants (traditional style)

i guess you have no knee pads on the shorts?

The powerpads can be worn with anything as they are seperate from the pants. The traditional 3/4 pants have the pads in a pocket inside the pants
Question on hiking pants I'm looking at Zhik hiking shorts or pants, but

Whats the advantage in having shoulder straps?

Are most still going with the traditional 3/4 hiking pant with straps?

Rob B

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Question on hiking pants I'm looking at Zhik hiking shorts or pants, but

Whats the advantage in having shoulder straps?

Are most still going with the traditional 3/4 hiking pant with straps?
I think the shoulder straps are a disadvantage as they always slip off and/or pull down into your shoulders causing discomfort, (for me at least).

I prefer the full leg or at least 3/4 leg for the knee protection.
Whats the advantage in having shoulder straps?
apparently it gives you some added back support when you do them up really tight!? i dont know whether this is true though

also has anyone ever had any experience with SEA waist lock hikers or the zhik superwarm ones?
The SEA waist locks look interesting, just wondering if it'd be kinda annoying having some bulky thing around the waist like that.

I also think the straps might be kinda annoying, but at the same time you sure don't want these things slipping down.

Rob B

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I kept the shoulder straps tight on my hikers and they just pulled into my shoulders more. I ended up tying the straps together across the front of my chest to keep them from slipping off my shoulders. BTW the pants with the shoulder straps slide down a little too over a 1/2 mile weather leg in good breeze. The neoprene does stretch especially when wet.

The Zhik pants have a draw string around the waist that you can get pretty tight. The power pads slip about the same, (maybe a little less) over a leg as the shoulder strap model hikers do. I've only used the Zhik Hybred pant so far. I've looked at the cold weather farmer john and the mid-range fleece pant. The fleece pant is designed just like the Hybrid pant, but a little thicker with short nap fleece liner. The farmer john cold weather outfit is a lot thicker and the pads slip into the back of the pant. You do not use the power pad thigh neoprene with it. Looks like it will be very warm and the farmer john design will ad much better shoulder support and now way will it slip off your shoulders.
Anyone have experience with SEA Airprene Hikers or Magic Marine Competition Hikers?

Looking for something light, that I can wear during the fall and until Frostbiting. I love the Zhik stuff but really can't afford the high prices. Is there anything comparable for us starving students???

Rob B

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I have the SEA airprene short hikers. I liked them fine for warm and cool weather stuff until I got into the new Zhik stuff.

They are size XL, have fairly light use. I'll sell them for $50.00 if you're interested.
Anyone have experience with the Sailing Angles hikers (I believe) from Miami? I had a pari fo magic marine that were the right price ($50 on ebay) but they never really fit right and were very hot in the summer.