Functional zip-off trousers for hillwalking and trekking tours

Zip-off trousers

Zip-off trousers are the perfect hillwalking clothing for day trips and trekking tours lasting several days. They function as both long hiking trousers and as hiking shorts, and are ideal for when the weather conditions and temperatures are variable. For example, if you start your mountain tour in summer early in the day, you can start with the long zip-off trousers, and when the temperatures rise in the morning, the long outdoor zip trousers can be transformed into knee-length hillwalking shorts in no time at all.

Compared to hillwalking trousers without a practical zip above the knees, zip off walking trousers offer maximum flexibility for all weather conditions. Zip-off trousers are also very practical in the transitional seasons in spring and autumn, because if it gets unexpectedly warm or strenuous while hillwalking, short walking trousers are always just a zip away. The separated legs fit comfortably in a walking backpack, in a hardshell jacket or in a windbreaker.

Breathable hillwalking trousers with detachable legs

Outdoor zip trousers are not only characterised by their quickly removable leg ends, but also offer very good freedom of movement and breathability thanks to functional material blends. Many zip-off hillwalking trousers are made from a combination of different synthetic fibres, such as polyamide, nylon, polyester and elastane. This means that the outdoor-ready functional fabric is comfortably elastic, durable and breathable. During intense exertion, it rapidly wicks moisture away from the body and also dries quickly.

Outdoor companies, such as Maier Sports, use lightweight and quick-drying materials that also make the zip-off trousers particularly practical for holiday trips, hillwalking trips and backpacking. The trekking specialists Fjällräven, on the other hand, also offer particularly robust zip-off walking trousers made from the legendary G-1000 or G-1000 Eco fabric. This means that these hiking trousers pants are no longer ultra-light, but they are extremely robust. Abrasion by earth and rocks, as well as damage by roots and thorns are thus almost impossible when hillwalking in rough terrain.

Outdoor zip trousers with practical details

Thanks to technical details and extensive features, hillwalking and trekking in zip-off trousers is particularly fun. From integrated belts that ensure a secure and comfortable fit, belt loops, highly visible reflectors and movement-friendly gusset inserts in the crotch, to a large number of small and large pockets on the sides, thighs and buttocks.

Depending on the walking boots or multisport shoes, the leg ends of the zip trousers can even be removed and put back on without having to take off your shoes. Of course, this is not so easy with real trekking boots. In addition to their great flexibility, outdoor zip trousers save on the extra weight needed for a second pair of trousers in your luggage, and they also provide exceptional comfort.

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