Best Pants for Trail Work

We asked you to give us your recommendations for durable pants that can withstand trail work. These are the results.

by American Trails Staff

Carhartt Men's Firm Duck Double-Front Work Dungaree Pant

Carhartt Men's Rugged Flex Rigby Double Front Pant

Arborwear Men's Ascender Pant

Arborwear Women's Canopy Pant

Jessie Kidden Hiking Pants Mens, Insulated Waterproof Soft Shell Outdoor Winter Pants

Singbring Women's Outdoor Fleece Lined Windproof Hiking Waterproof Pants

Carhartt Women's Kane Double Front Sandstone Duck Relaxed Fit

ExOfficio Women's BugsAway Sol Cool Ampario Convertible Pants - Insect, Tick, Mosquito Repellent Permethrin Clothing

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