Note: Avalanche Outdoor Supply Company provided a sample to us at no charge. All thoughts and opinions are our own.
Mara here. Finding good hiking pants for me is always a challenge. I was fortunate to be able to test the Avalanche Outdoor Supply Company’s Airlie Capri tights. Read below to see what I thought.
Finding good hiking pants for me can be tricky. I’m a bit of an odd size … especially for the outdoor industry. I hover around the plus-size mark, and in general outdoors clothing runs small.
I also hate the way practical hiking pants look on me. Wide legs and lots of pockets tend to make you look bigger. And like I stated above, hovering around the plus sized mark – oh who am I kidding, being plus sized – you don’t want to make yourself look any bigger.
So when athletic tights became popular to hike in I was ecstatic. However I do have a few pair of hiking pants I love, which come in handy for hiking through briers or other thick vegetation that pokes you.
I was thrilled to be chosen to try the Avalanche Half Dome Convertible Pant. On the model they looked super cute.
I am a size 12, but have added on some pounds so I ordered a size 14. Unfortunately when they arrived I could not get them up over my hips. I was really disappointed, because they looked like they were made well and were super cute.
I switched the Half Dome Convertible Pant for the Avalanche Airlie Capri running tights. Because of the fit for the pants, I ordered the largest size, XXL. I normally wear a large in running tights or yoga pants, but since I couldn’t try them on I wanted to make sure they wouldn’t be too small.
I would say the Airlie Capris are true to size. The XXL were big on me and I’m sure the large would have fit me perfectly.
The Airlie Capris are obviously capris, but they gave a mesh design on the calf of the pant so that they are cooler. This is an awesome feature to me because I love wearing capris to exercise in in the summertime and warmer months. I’ve never really been one to exercise in shorts because I hate my thighs touching.
To try then out, I first walked my dog around my neighborhood. I also ran in them and they performed wonderfully. I tested them on the trail too, day hiking and backpacking in them.
As the weather turned to summer, I really appreciated the the vents on the bottom, especially on the trail.
Because they were big on me though, on my second day of backpacking they were a little hard to keep up as they had been stretched out from wear. But I’m sure if I were in a size large, I would not have had any problems.
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The are a nice thick material which I loved because thicker tights keep all my jiggly bits in place. They are breathable and naturally moisture wicking, which I really liked. With flatlock seaming, they are sure to not come unraveled. And with a four-way stretch they are pretty comfy.
They sticker price on them is $45, which is not bad for pants like these.
I would recommend these pants to others, however if you are not sure how they fit and cannot try them on, I would suggest you reach out to an Avalanche sales associate and ask them about the fit. You can also read the reviews and see what others are saying about the fit.