The 8 Best Walking Pants to Buy for Exercises in 2018

Select these pants styles for fitness walking

If you walk in a temperate climate, long pants are needed for three seasons of the year. If you are used to wearing blue jeans, you'll find that they are not optimal for fitness walking. The denim fabric is too heavy and it retains sweat and moisture. What you should look for in a pair of walking pants includes:

  • Ease of movement
  • Made of fabric that stretches with you
  • Quick-drying and sweat-wicking fabric for rain and perspiration
  • Easy to put on and take off for those restroom stops along the way
  • Either zippered side pockets or no side pockets, to prevent catching your thumbs when you use arm motion
  • Reflective stripes for safety after dark and in low light conditions
  • Ankle zippers for ease of changing
  • For travel, you may want convertible pants to wear in variable conditions and simplify your packing list.

The Sporthill Nomad pants top the list of all-time favorites. They are made for a moderate weather range of 40 to 65 F. These pants are made from Dryline Light fabric that will move with you and help manage moisture. Zippered pockets keep your stuff secure and you won't hook your thumbs by accident. They are available for both men and women. They have reflective ankle zippers, located on the side of the leg where they won't irritate your heel. These pants have been wear-tested for 15 years by a dedicated walker and laundered weekly. They still look great and are going strong.

If you like a low-rise waist, these pants from Asics will be comfortable for fitness walking. They have two zippered pockets on the side to carry your essentials. The stretch polyester will move with you and wick away moisture. They have zippers at the ankles to make it easy to change into them. They come in three colors and have tall inseams available in black.

If you want a sporty look, you are likely to love the feel of these leggings that come in fun colors and patterns. They are super comfortable but also perform well for fast walking and running. You are likely to get compliments when you wear them for charity walks or half marathons in cold weather, where a flash of color is the hottest trend for racing. You can see more colors and styles at B-Skinz.

Convertible pants can be just the ticket for long walks or for travel with changeable weather conditions. If your walk starts off cool but heats up, you just zip off the legs and now you have shorts. The Columbia Aruba pants come in a lightweight but durable nylon. They convert to shorts with a 7-inch inseam. You have side pockets and a zippered pocket on the leg, which is perfect for stashing your cell phone and having it handy for photos and more.

Bamboo is the latest high tech sweat-wicking fabric. These pants from tasc Performance are made with their own blend of bamboo and cotton that transports moisture away from your body to keep you dry. In cooler weather, it also regulates temperature to keep you warm. It feels silky and soft. They have pants in both loose and fitted styles. The women's designs have a low to mid-rise. Some of you may be like me and prefer the men's styles. Go ahead, there isn't a zipper or fly to give away that you are cross-dressing.

These mid-rise tights from Lucy are great for fitness walking and running. They have a back zip pocket for your key or other small essentials. They have a wide flat compression waistband and are made of moisture-wicking polyester/spandex. They come in four different colors.

Lucy has great workout gear, including this pant that features zip hand pockets and an interior waistband pocket. They are made of heavyweight stretch nylon. They have a wide, comfortable waistband. They are pull-on with no drawstring at the waistband. They come in sizes XS to XL.

Like the Sporthill Nomad Pant, these Sporthill pants have a lot to love. The difference is that this version has open pockets rather than zippered pockets. They have ankle zippers to make them easy to put on and take off.


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