This article was produced in partnership with Fjällräven.
From Chicago’s city parks to alpine lakes in British Columbia and beyond, Fjällräven’s Vidda Pro Ventilated Trousers have traveled all over the world. That’s no surprise considering these trousers are crafted for optimal weather-resistance and built to last for generations—all without sacrificing comfort or style. Just ask the people who love them: From everyday wear to deep backcountry trips, Vidda Pros are star performers in all kinds of environments.
The trousers are an ideal match for Forrest Cortes, who works as a community engagement director for an environmental nonprofit, volunteers for the Audubon Society, and founded the LGBTQIA+ group Out in Nature. On any given day in his home city of Chicago, he might be kneeling in the dirt to observe a plant, leading a group on a birdwatching or rock climbing outing, or making a quick trip to a coffee shop. No matter what kind of outdoor pursuit is on his schedule, his pants of choice are the Fjällräven Vidda Pro Ventilated Trousers.
“The Vidda Pros help me stay ready to connect with my community and nature,” Cortes tells Men’s Journal.
Built from Fjällräven’s hardwearing and wind-resistant G-1000 Eco fabric, the Vidda Pro Ventilated Trousers are a staple for any rugged, resourceful adventurer. They’re also adaptable—you can coat them with Greenland Wax to make them water-resistant for wet conditions—and made for the long haul: Tears can be patched or repaired at a Fjällräven retailer. The Vidda Pros are part of a whole family of trousers that utilize the G-1000 Eco material: The Keb Trousers add vented zippers at the calves for dumping heat, while the Sörmland Eco Trousers feature tapered legs that slide easily into a pair of boots.
Generous stretch in the gusseted crotch prevents the Vidda Pro from ripping while scrambling over rocks or hiking up stairs, and a new, slimmer silhouette shaves bulk and makes these trousers supremely comfortable. They’re designed to hold up in challenging conditions—Cortes has worn his trousers on backcountry trips to Portugal and Columbia—but they’re stylish enough for park hangouts and everyday errands, too.
“I love a muddy, rugged look, but I also want to look like I belong in the city,” says Cortes.
Within the next year, another pair of Vidda Pro Ventilated Trousers will be donned while trekking Alaska’s 20,310-foot Denali, the tallest peak in North America. They’ve already traveled on the Denali Highway, up Mt. Hood, and through the Alaskan tundra. They’re owned by Cal MacKintosh, a bushcrafter in Portland, OR. Even after a full decade of use, his pair shows no signs of weathering. They were particularly helpful last winter, when he spent a week building a shelter in Goat Rocks Wilderness, a remote area in Washington.
“My knees didn’t have a scratch on them, even after all that kneeling on the forest floor,” he says.
That’s exactly the kind of out-in-the-wild experience the Vidda Pro trousers are built for. Heavier fabric on the knees and seat extend longevity, while gear and axe loops make it easy to carry tools, and adjustable ankle straps create a dialed-in fit. Three front pockets with button-flap closures store essentials and an interior mesh lining holds down a phone to keep it from bouncing with every step.
The Vidda Pro’s pockets are a particular standout for Teddy Cosco, a psychology professor and angler based in Vancouver, Canada. He wears his Vidda Pro trousers while fly-fishing, and says he can even slide a small fly box into the top left pocket for easy access. But if he had to pick his favorite features on the Vidda Pros, it would be the breathability of the hip-to-knee vents paired with the trousers’ superior durability. That winning combo, Cosco says, sets these apart from other outdoor pants.
“One of the issues you get with trousers that are tough is you overheat,” he says. “That zipper makes a world of difference. You can be going through some really tough scrub brush or willows where your legs would get totally chewed up in a lighter pair of pants, and you can unzip when you’re steaming up the trail.”
Cosco’s Vidda Pro trousers have been through a lot. He’s worn them while traveling up miles-long trails to the pristine Joffre Lakes in British Columbia and while fishing the renowned Cascapédia River in Quebec. They’ve kept him warm under rubber waders as he’s casting into frigid streams, and held up through countless shoulder season hikes. When temps start to dip, there’s one clear choice in his closet.
“The Vidda Pros are my go-to trousers,” he says.
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