Hiking Pants
Credit: Photograph by Greg Broom

What you should know: They need to fend off the elements, breathe well, and stretch. Be sure they're able to protect you from trail scrapes.

Our pick: The 11.3-ounce Arc'teryx Gamma LT Pants. They feature a tough, weather-resistant four-way-stretch Fortius fabric that moves, breathes, and dries quickly. [$169; arcteryx.com]