I just bought this pair of pants for hiking because of the weight of the fabric and the number of pockets, particularly the zippered pockets. The day started out very cool and ended hot, it was a strenuous ten mile hike and these pants were just right for the weather conditions. They wick the sweat away keeping you cool and I was able to carry what I needed securely in the zippered pockets such as car keys and my ID thus eliminating the need to carry a heavy back pack. All I needed was a camelback pack for hydration.
The pants have enough stretch for rock scrambling and are just thick enough to protect you from scrapes and scratches. My only wish is that they make these (and all of their pants) in a short length as they only come in long and regular. I detest hemming pants!
I love these pants. Normally buy the women's Stryke and have not had any problems. When I saw this new style, I figured I would give them a try. Comparing the two, Mesa is now my favorite. They are much more flattering, material stretches and washes well. I wash and hang have not put in dryer. I did have to go up a size in the Mesa and wish they came in Navy blue.