I walk in a temperate climate where long pants are needed three seasons of the year. What I look for in a walking pant:
- ease of movement
- easy on and off for those restroom stops along the way
- either zippered side pockets or no side pockets, to prevent catching my thumbs when I use arm motion
- reflective stripes for safety
- ankle zippers for changing.
These are my all-time favorite walking pants. For a moderate weather range of 40-65F, these pants made from Dryline Light will move with you and help manage moisture. Zippered pockets keep your stuff secure and you won't hook your thumbs by accident. For both men and women. This newest version has ankle zippers, located on the side of the leg where they won't irritate your heel.
When I first started walking and hiking, these pants were the go-to cargo pants. They are made of durable canvas that gets softer with each washing. There are more pockets than you can shake a stick at. Originally produced by Royal Robbins, they now have their own 5.11 company. If your walking turns into hiking, these are great pants for the toughest trails. They now have a mid-rise waist to combat their mom jeans reputation. They come in a variety of colors in sizes 2 to 20.
These low rise pants are pure simplicity. Soft, sweat wicking fabric. No pockets. They come in five colors and three lengths (short, medium, tall) and sizes XS-XL. They also have a capri version.
Vapor-dry fabric wicks away moisture. These feature a roomier cut with a zippered pocket in back big enough for keys and an elasticized waist with drawcord. There are reflective side zippers at the ankles to help you put them on over shoes. I prefer side zippers rather than back zippers as the back zippers always end up rubbing on my ankles and calves.