Hiking Around Milford

Hiking Shoes and Pants

I’ve got a great pair of hiking shoes, but my pants are not so great. I’m looking for a certain pair, but I just don’t know exactly what I’m looking for. This is one of the reasons I am generally dissatisfied with my hiking pants selection and shopping. Any suggestions are welcome! They have to be warm, super comfy, not “wander downwards” when I squat for low photos, and not be tooooo dorky. That’s not too much to ask, is it? ๐Ÿ™‚

Daily Photo – Hiking Around Milford

I went around a bend in Milford and was greeted with these strange lost-world type trees. You can see the famous Mitre Peak there on the right. There is a wide array of lush vegetation around here because of the constant moisture. There’s even a surplus of moisture here because of a huge waterfall that is right behind me, coating everything in a fine mist all day long.

Hiking Around Milford

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  • Date Taken2018-01-05 12:37:30
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  • Chris Allen

    Hi Trey, I have been looking at the REI(.com) hiking/travel pants and I think you could find what you’re looking for.

  • louis van zyl

    Kathmandu has a good variety of pants.Here in Australia you pay $10.00 to join the club then on special day during of the year members have a day to do shopping at a lower rate,its called summit club. ( Very nice photo ,like the depth. ) There are many photographers out there that like myself have keep sake pictures of travel or what ever.Many are not so good, could be due to many things. Since Trey mentioned LR 4 and his presets I thought I would give it a try.We cannot always pick the weather specially when on tour and sometimes our pictures are not what we saw.I have been holding on to mine as they are memorabilia of my life not that the photos are any good. Those out there like myself who are ammeters get hold of LR 4 then get the bundle of presets from this blog. I cannot tell you what a difference these presets make to some of my pictures from way back which i thought were just keep sakes now suddenly they are brought back to life.I feel I am able to show people some of these shots now as they are alive.Now I am working what I can keep and what I can turf out.Thanks Trey they are truly worth having and playing around with,not forgetting the fun side of it.

  • I really like this one Trey! Love Milford Sound ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sean

    Pants?! No no no, you’re in NZ now. grab a pair of stubbies. Grass cuts and gorse pricks will only make you stronger…

  • Shea Goff

    Exquisite as always, Trey.

  • Love the photo Trey! Pants? Mountain Hardwear all the way. I have a couple pairs that are awesome.

  • Adam Bertram

    Hey Trey. I rarely post on your site but I’m a long time follower. That said, your pants concerns were the same as mine. I’ve been through the “dorky” and the “low-riders” which are frustrating to say the least so I would recommend the Mountain Hardware Piero pants. They have a soft lining around the waste which makes them super comfortable combined with a bit of spandex in the material for some stretchy. Also they take a belt and they don’t seem to ride down when I’m hunched over looking at my viewfinder. Best of all in my opinion is the fact that they intelligently made a bit of a larger pant leg opening so they easily fit over most boots.
    I’ve got others that I have to fiddle with leg zippers at the bottom to do that which is frustrating. Very durable and come with a lifetime warranty (for pants!! I know).

  • Beautiful photo, Trey!! This is going on my desktop today!!! Thanks so much for sharing, have a great weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

  • susan ratcliff

    Such a beautiful shot! Love this!

  • treyratcliff

    Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • treyratcliff

    Great suggestion! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • treyratcliff

    Two votes for Mountain Hardwear! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • TMB

    ditto on the mountain hardwear. There are also some nice convertable/non-convertible with lots of nice pockets from NorthFace . Another great Euro brand is “Fjallraven” from Sweden- maybe you have them in NZ. But MtHW is great so try there various styles.

  • Cant beat prana,
    http://www.prana.com/men/bottoms/pants.html. I started to use these for climbing but they soon worked their way into my photography as well.

  • Derek K

    When you say “warm”, Trey, do you mean insulated, or just something that blocks the wind a little?

    On the extreme end are guide pants: water-resistant or proof, windproof, thick, flexible trousers that are somewhat like light snow pants. Eddie Bauer and Patagonia make them, but I’m sure there are other brands. I have no experience with these but at least I can bring them to your attention. They get good reviews – my brother-in-law wears them all the time.

    For a more traditional hiking pant you might look at the Prana Stretch Zion (comes in convertible and non-convertible). I just got a pair but haven’t field tested them. People rave about them. They have really stretchy nylon that makes for easy flexibility of the knees. They have one zippered side pocket in addition to the usual four around the waist. And there’s a built-in adjustable belt – as well as belt loops. No insulation, just somewhat water-resistant and they should be fairly durable.

    Good luck! Finding the perfect pant is practically impossible. :p

  • Glad they worked out well for you!

  • Oh what beautiful photos! Drool, drool, drool!

  • Aaron Osteen

    I’m curious what the dark blue line is at the top of the photo? Filter?

  • Hayden Buck

    Hi Trey,

    Mountain Hardwear does make some really good gear. My wife and I both have MH in our closets. Being Canadian I am partial to Arc’teryx, their Gamma LT being very nice. If you are looking for a place to try on gear, head into Small Planet Sports in Queenstown and ask for Thomas, the manager. He is a ski guide from France and incredibly knowledgable. We ski guided together in Japan last year so if you make it to the shop, tell him I sent you.

  • Brad Davis

    Prana is great stuff–ended up wearing a pair of Eastwood pants for the better part of a week in Alaska on a recent trip. Perfect! Need to buy a couple more pair!!

  • Boy, I’m really going to have to head to NZ and do some hiking with you. Count me in for you next photo walk. As for pants, I like North Face hiking pants. They are made of a nice heavy material that is durable yet cool. They also have the zip of legs and convert to shorts…but don’t look too dorky. On top of all that, they have a great built in belt. Good stuff!

  • Mike Stillwell

    Hey Trey- Check out these “Kuhl Jean pants” I swear by them. It says “Jeans” but they are soft inside, lightweight thin but tough, breathable and water resistant. Water beads off. http://www.ems.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3793183&cp=3712723.12791603
    Awesome photo did you focus stack?

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