I noticed that the only reviews you have on pants are not recommended for backpacking. Because they are low rise. It seems like my pack belt pushes my lower rise pants down. which stinks. I noticed that some of the better men’s pants have a soft lining around the waist to cushion the belt on the pack and prevent it from creasing your skin. Is it better for the pants to be fully under the belt or partially under or totally under the belt completely. I want to hike with about a 25 lb pack and would like to know what you think might be the best choice.
Great question, Haley! You are correct – I don’t like the North Face Horizon Utility Pants (or the new version called the Horizon Tempest pants) for hiking with any backpack over about 10 pounds. Because they are low rise, the backpack’s hip belt tends to push the pants down even lower, which can lead to chafing.
What I recommend for backpacking or day hikes with a full pack are the North Face Women’s Paramount Peak pants. The are slightly higher rise than others on the market, and have a drawstring inside to help secure the pants at your waist. These are the newer version of my favorite North Face Paramount Porter pants (see Hiking Lady review of the Paramount Porter pants.)
The best way to prevent chafing is to have slightly higher rise pants, and have the hip belt fit over the pants.
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