Patagonia Rock Craft Pants Review

Patagonia Rock Craft Pants, Rockwall $79

http://www.patagonia.com/us/product/mens-rock-craft-pants-sun-protection?p=58255-0






Picture Credit: Patagonia: http://topodesigns.com/collection/mountain-briefcase/

 

Wonder Pants.  Magic Pants.  They have a few nicknames around here, but no matter what I call them, they are awesome pants to own and wear.  At first I was just looking for a solid pair of outdoor pants to use when hiking and doing Search and Rescue training. These pants meet my needs and more.  I wear them all the time (work trips, outdoors, climbing gym, regular gym, couch, sitting here now) and they are my go to pants for any trip (no matter the destination or activity).  

 

Made up of 96% nylon and 4% spandex, along with DWR (durable water repellent) finish, they can take just about any abuse and look good doing it.  They don’t take up much room, are wrinkle resistant. If you need only one pair of pants, these are a great choice.  Go with the Rockwall color since it looks less technical and you can wear it most places.



Pros: Versatile and Tough.  Wear wear them in the woods, on travel, or take on a business trip for your casual pants.  

 

Cons: After more than a year of wear in all sorts of environments, these are showing some wear and tear, but are still nice enough looking to take on trips or wear around town.

 

Where to wear: The woods, casual office, urban exploring, weekend away, the couch.

 

Backpacking Recommendations

Looking to do an overnight solo backpacking trip soon.  Planning on doing something 2-3 hours away from Nashville.  No 100% on how far, but do want to push myself.  Let me know if y’all have any perferred hikes around here.  Right now I’m leaning towards the Cumberland Plateau area.  The Savage Gulf and Fiery Gizzard seem like good options. Also looking at the Land between the Lakes, but that might be too flat.  A little elevation change is always good.

Suggestions?

thecountryfucker:

I got to spend a day hiking through the canyons of Mt. Tam with the Juniper Ridge folks. 
This is Hall talking about popping “zits” on these Doug Firs to get to the sap and that Doug Fir smell.
More to come but I have to say he, Obi, and the rest of the crew are really special dudes who practice what they preach. It was one of the most memorable days I have had in the woods. Hall took me back to the first time my Uncle walked me through the sugar bush when I was a wee fucker. I learned so much and felt so good. Great fucking day. 

Sounds like a good time.  Also doesnt look butt cold, like it is here in TN.

thecountryfucker:

I got to spend a day hiking through the canyons of Mt. Tam with the Juniper Ridge folks. 

This is Hall talking about popping “zits” on these Doug Firs to get to the sap and that Doug Fir smell.

More to come but I have to say he, Obi, and the rest of the crew are really special dudes who practice what they preach. It was one of the most memorable days I have had in the woods. Hall took me back to the first time my Uncle walked me through the sugar bush when I was a wee fucker. I learned so much and felt so good. Great fucking day. 

Sounds like a good time.  Also doesnt look butt cold, like it is here in TN.

tarradoreroosevelt:

Babes Catherine Robbins, Hilda Kurth, and Kathleen Norris, also known as the Three Musketeers, were the first women to hike the Long Trail in it’s entirety during the 1920s! Read more about them here and here, more photos here. 
But they encountered their share of trail magic, too. Approaching Hazen’s Notch, near the end of their trip, they looked over a cliff and saw a man far below in white slacks and a white jacket. In an interview years later, Catherine Robbins remembered what happened next: And he says, “I’m looking for the three musketeers.” I said, “Oh, you are? Well, here we are.” The others were behind me. “Well, come on down, I have a gallon of ice cream for you.” Boy, did I go down that mountain fast. And sure enough they had a whole gallon of ice cream, and did we sit down and eat it. We all shared it, ‘til we ate it all up, you know. It was terrific.”

Dang, those are some badass ladies.  with style too.

tarradoreroosevelt:

Babes Catherine Robbins, Hilda Kurth, and Kathleen Norris, also known as the Three Musketeers, were the first women to hike the Long Trail in it’s entirety during the 1920s! Read more about them here and here, more photos here

But they encountered their share of trail magic, too. Approaching Hazen’s Notch, near the end of their trip, they looked over a cliff and saw a man far below in white slacks and a white jacket. In an interview years later, Catherine Robbins remembered what happened next: And he says, “I’m looking for the three musketeers.” I said, “Oh, you are? Well, here we are.” The others were behind me. “Well, come on down, I have a gallon of ice cream for you.” Boy, did I go down that mountain fast. And sure enough they had a whole gallon of ice cream, and did we sit down and eat it. We all shared it, ‘til we ate it all up, you know. It was terrific.”

Dang, those are some badass ladies.  with style too.

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Nice.  Need to dust off the boots for a long hike soon.  The lady and I just booked a cabin for July 4th.  Get the heck out of DC and let the hordes of tourists have it for the day.

fuckyeahhiking:

baaconnn:

20 miles with my friend on the AT. He’s about 750 miles in, a third of the way done! Heading north now and I hope I can meet up with him again for a few days. Had the best time.

thought you guys might like to see some of the pics from my trip. beardy friend, andrew! trail name: alpo. 

campfiresmell:

merrellorigins:

Trail Stories, In Photos

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has some vintage photograph gems for all to view. It has become a rite of passage for each hiker making the Appalachian Trail trek to have their photograph taken at the Conservancy HQ in Harper’s Ferry, Virginia. ATC has now collected all of the photos, dating back to 1979, into a searchable database. Go find yours!

throwback. ~CFS

Need to check this out.  If for nothing else, for the awesome short shorts.