A wise man once observed women’s underwear has infinite fabrics, cuts and colors, but men’s underwear has just one purpose: to separate our pants from our ass. True, true. But the Mountain Hardwear Canyon pants invite a man to be free, commando-style. They’re so tough they can take all your ass has to offer.
The Canyon pants pack tiny, are superlight at 11oz and the 100% nylon material dries faster than you can spit on them. These have been my go-to pants for climbing, hiking and trekking for three years. Mine have backpacked across Morocco, trekked through Southern Thailand and crawled through Mayan ruins in the jungles of the Rio Bec, and they still look brand new.
The integrated belt with a nicely designed flat buckle doesn’t chaff under a hip belt. There are two open front pockets and two velcro-tabbed rear pockets, and the cuffs have an elastic cord to cinch them tight against the leeches. They’re even nice enough you can wear them around town, albeit with a slightly Che Guevera look. If GearFlogger had a 100% Perfect Piece Award these pants would be at the front of the line to get it.