Walking shorts for the UK summertime
For summer walking adventures, the answer to ‘what should you wear?’ often lies in a pair of shorts! If the weather conditions are favourable, then why tangle yourself up in full length trousers? Whether you’re in the countryside, scaling a mountain or rambling along the coast, shorts are a one-size-fits-all warm weather clothing solution. For smooth terrains that seem pretty risk-free (no brambles, creepy crawlies or anything else hiding in the undergrowth), shorts can be a good bet. Our top tip: favour cargo models and their many pockets if it’s practicality that you’re after! And if you’re wanting to blend into the natural scenery, choose designs in khaki, beige or even camouflage print. Alternatively, maybe one of our denim or check styles will catch your eye. Regardless, if you’re embarking on a pulse-raising escapade, shorts are the perfect item to slip into. But if combat styles are not quite for you, then quick-dry microfibre sports shorts are an equally good alternative.
Fabric choice: everything from softshell, quick-dry and water-repellent materials, to something with a little stretch
As well as considering trouser type and style, fabric is another factor that comes into play if you want to choose the best walking clothes for your lower half. While we’ve already brushed upon the topic, the main synthetic fabric hero to draw your attention to is polyester. Found in both canvas, softshell and microfibre, for example, polyester is the component that weaves essential resistance into fabrics, making your clothing hard-wearing. Anything with polyester in it, then, is great for physical activity, as repetitive physical movements often rub away at materials, causing general wear-and-tear. Given its durability, polyester is something to keep in mind if you’re looking for items to wear on a walk where you’re sure to come into contact with rocks, branches or any other obstacles. Polyester fibres are also breathable and whisk away perspiration, meaning they’re the ultimate pick for hot weather or intensive activities. Therefore, alongside cargo trousers and shorts, microfibre tracksuit bottoms are a flexible, comfortable and practical model to add to your walking clothing wish list.
It’s worth noting too that canvas, microcanvas and microfibre materials are super lightweight and dry in the blink of an eye; they’re every hiker’s best adventure buddy! Other fabric top tips are that anything with elastane will have a stretch to it (meaning your clothes will comfortably move with you and you can avoid tension building up around your buttocks or knee caps) and that, in winter, nothing beats thick cotton for ultimate protection from the cold! On top of that, it's a no-brainer that hiking trousers with a water-repellent finish to them will best equip you for wet weather.
Quality trousers for hill walking, mountain climbing or cross-country ambling!
So, the only question left to ask is what trousers will you choose? Luckily for you, we have plenty of styles available among our men’s collection. You might be able to talk the talk when it comes to fitness, stamina and distances covered… but make sure you’re kitted out with the right hiking clothes to actually let you walk the walk too!