Can I Hike in Leggings?
Hiking in Lycra is a growing trail trend among the outdoor community and whether it be cotton leggings, running tights or sports yoga pants you are guaranteed of one thing – comfort. You’re more than likely to already have a pair of casual leggings in your wardrobe but investing in a pair of technical walking leggings gives you the option of home comfort combined with technicality. When it comes to hiking and outdoor activity, the choice is yours but I would certainly recommend a pair of hiking leggings as an alternative to trousers and here, looking at the Montane Ineo Pro Pants, is why:
Finding Trousers that Fit
The Ineo Pro Pants combines the features of reliable walking trousers with great fit and comfort to give the wearer a pair of performance pants that work with the body as you move. With a slim fit through the leg, these stretchy pants have been developed for streamline functionality whilst still giving a fashionable twist when moving fast in the mountains. Every woman wants to look good but it’s also about the feel good factor too!
Normal walking trousers are often made for the straight-legged, narrow-hipped figure whereas stretchy fitting trousers will work with your figure not work against it. OK, leggings are figure-hugging and will show off your muscle structure, or if like me – the bits you need to work on, but with this comes the ergonomically designed Mala Stretch fabric which has a smooth inner face for next to skin comfort. This four-way pliable material combined with flattering, figure hugging tailoring for a ‘second skin’ fit ensures the wearer has complete freedom of movement. Feeling adventurous? The legging-style outdoor trousers have been designed to be worn without underwear, that’s right, full commando – no chaffing or VPL here!
Pack in Practicality
Let’s get to grips with the Mala Stretch Fabric which offers wind resistance, abrasion resistance, a DWR finish to shed light showers which makes them as ideal for outdoor use as they are for indoor wearing. The Ineo Pro Pants have top stitched seams for extra durability and this also helps to reduce chaffing where seams could rub against your body on the inside. These leggings have a soft wicking elastic rear waist band and naturally cause any sweat or moisture created by your body to be pushed away and outwards – so those sweaty bits, which, don’t be shy about it we all get them, are able to move and circulate air reducing that sticky feeling around all the creases.
As well as the technical bits of these trousers, there are the standard practical design features such as the internal Montane® waist drawcord and two low profile YKK MONTANE® zipped front hand pockets giving you the option to keep essential gear near.
The good, the bad and the ugly
Depending on how long and far you are walking will depend upon the kit you take. For short walks leggings are perfect and give the wearer day long protection. If you plan on travelling for more than one day and potentially camping overnight there are other factors to consider with your clothing. Whilst these practical leggings have a water-repellent coating they are not fully waterproof and if they get wet, you have an accident and end up ion a bog, it will take a while for you to thaw out – we don’t want hypothermia to set in.
If you’re planning to go off-road and into the thickets make sure you find some abrasion resistant material which will protect your legs. We don’t want your trousers ripping and ticks and bugs finding their way in for a day long feast as you finish your hike.
Not just for Hiking
Leggings aren’t just great for hiking, they scrub up well in most outdoor activities that require you to push and test your body. I am a keen climber and for some reason, even though I ache the following day, love to test the limits finding new ways to guide my body up the holds utilising different techniques – or to the trained eye scrambling for dear life until I reach the top. I put the Montane Ineo Pro Pants to the test at the local bouldering centre (Corby Climbing Centre) just to see whether they really matched my expectations based on the technical features displayed on the product description. These practical pants didn’t disappoint and provided me with complete freedom and flexibility – I almost forgot I was wearing them!
Performance Ratings – as voted for by me!
Overall Fit: ★★★★★
These stretch legging pants are super value for money and does exactly what any woman needs – keeps her feeling fresh, ventilated and supported while enjoying that activity. Be sure to Like this Post and Subscribe to our Blog for latest Product Reviews and if you want to know any more information that has not been covered leave us a comment! Click to see more Montane at e-OUTDOOR.