While most of my travels have been based around outdoor activities, it can be challenging to pack light for multi-activity trips. It’s why I choose most of my clothing pieces based on performance and versatility. Almost everything has to do double duty.
When I head out on the road again, I’m bringing my Hoka Wind Pants.
The ultralight pants are made from lightweight stretch ripstop (88 percent nylon and 12 percent elastane) with panels on the back yoke and lower leg made to stretch and wick moisture (78 percent nylon and 22 percent elastane). The elastic waistband is also made from wicking material.
When I’m working out, whether it’s trail running, hiking, or biking, I go from cold to hot quickly, and often need to adjust mid-workout to accommodate my body temperature. The extended side zippers on the pants that zip up from the ankles make it easy to take the pants on and off, so you can ditch them for the shorts you’re wearing underneath (or packing along). All without having to remove your shoes.
The pants have a slim fit, yet I can still easily wear running shorts underneath without trouble. And when you want to pack the pants along, or you’ve removed them mid-run, they pack into their back pocket for easy storage.
The Hoke Wind Pant is great to have along even when you’re in and out of air conditioning in hot destinations, for times when you need a lightweight cover-up.
The women’s Wind Pant comes in one color combo: ombre blue/provincial blue. It lists for $88 on the Hoka site. There’s a men’s version of the wind pant, in black, for the same price. While I love the fit of the women’s pant, black is a better wardrobe choice for me, so I’m getting the men’s pant as well.