Keep in mind that the Cirque II is a specialty pant. It’s listed as being ideal for “high-energy alpine climbing, mountaineering, and ice climbing,” so it’s clearly built with alpine conditions in mind. The pant is water-resistant but not waterproof, meaning that it will eventually soak through in sustained downpour.
And at over 1 pound 5 ounces, it weighs roughly double most lightweight hiking pants on this list. But for fall, winter, and spring hiking in nasty or off-trail conditions, the Cirque can be your bomber hiking pant. It doubles well for snowshoeing and spring skiing.
See the Men’s Outdoor Research Cirque II See the Women’s Outdoor Research Cirque II17. The North Face Paramount Trail Convertible ($69)Materials: 100% nylon Weight: 15 oz. Belt included: Yes What we like: Durable and includes a belt. What we don’t: Lower-quality materials and build. Year after year, one of the best-selling hiking pants is The North Face Paramount Trail Convertible.
With an all-nylon shell and 50 UPF sun rating, zip-off legs, and an included belt for adjusting the fit, these pants do the job for most hikers who don’t need a serious performance piece. It doesn’t hurt to have The North Face name behind them, and the Paramount Trail does come in about $30 cheaper than the Kuhl Renegade Convertible above.
However, in testing the Paramount Trail, we were struck by the fact that these pants fall short in just about every measurable category. The material has a cheap look and feel, and it’s surprisingly noisy on the trail (it reminded us in some ways of a ski pant).
In addition, the updated model has limited storage, and long-time users of the prior generation Paramounts will particularly bemoan the loss of the cargo pockets. Finally, the all-nylon construction doesn’t stretch and generally feels cheaper than a $70 pant should. If you have an allegiance to The North Face, give the Paramount Trail a look.
Otherwise, we prefer the options above. See the Men’s TNF Paramount Trail See the Women’s TNF Paramount Peak18. Marmot PreCip Eco Pant ($80)Materials: 100% nylon, NanoPro waterproof membrane Weight: 8. 1 oz. Belt included: No What we like: The only waterproof hiking pant on this list.
What we don’t: Great for storms, but not breathable enough for all-day and active use. All of the pants above are traditional hiking designs (or softshells in the case of the OR Cirque, REI Activator, and Arc’teryx Gamma LT), but we wanted to include at least one true rain pant.
The Marmot PreCip Eco-from the same line as the popular rain jacket with the same name-can be worn over your hiking pants when the rain hits or even over a pair of long underwear if you expect it to continue all day. With a waterproof NanoPro Eco membrane and fully taped seams, these pants will keep you dry when the going gets tough unlike anything else on this list.
Keep in mind that you probably won’t want to wear the PreCip as your primary hiking pant for extended periods of time. Although comfortable, rain pants won’t move as well with the body as the nylon blends above. And of course, the waterproof membrane won’t breathe nearly as well either.
But at less than 9 ounces, the PreCip is great to have in your pack on hiking days with mixed conditions. Unless you’re Deadpool, you probably wouldn’t need one. In reality, these are finely tuned scopes that enable shooters to hit targets from distances not possible with an ordinary red dot sight.
As with any advanced tech, they come with multiple features to keep your shot accurate at the farthest distances. RELATED: Best Rifle Scopes to Get for 500 YardsLenses on scopes are split into two distinct areas: the Objective Lens and the Ocular Lens. The objective lens is the lens at the end of the scope (meaning opposite the eyepiece) and mainly directs the light towards the Ocular Lens.
This is all housed in the part of the scope called the Objective Bell. The ocular lens is the glass lens found on the eyepiece proper and its ability to focus is mainly based on the designated eye relief, or distance of the scope eyepiece to your eye for the correct focus.