I remember backpacking across Thailand for a month. The first thing I did was buy a cheap pair of knickers because they're the national pant or something. The style is so practical for hot weather that by the end of the trip they were all I wore. It's great to see so many companies making 3/4 pants for outdoor use these days.
Climbers and pedal-pushers will rejoice at Shins, the offering from Chrome, San Francisco-based maker of bike-messenger-inspired and used clothing and bags. Shins are made from Tweave Durastretch, a wonderful 9% Spandex soft shell material optimized for stretch and durability. What that means is that I've been living in them for the last month. Tweave is a lightweight material, and it just doesn't seem to abrade. Yet for a tough-guy fabric it feels like soft-shell silk.
Chrome knows what they're doing with the stuff. Shins have top-notch fit and finish, with zip fly, belt loops, two open hand pockets and two zippered thigh pockets. The cargo pockets are flap-over-zipper design and when not stuffed with all your nasty crap they lie perfectly flat. The length on the calves is perfect for bikers and climbers, giving great airflow and easily clearing pedals. Throw on some flip-flops and you're ready for Patong, baby!