Below you will find our suggestions for the best hiking pants for men and women respectively as well as waterproof pants, softshell pants and shorts. Hiking pants provide protection against the surroundings (rocks, vegetation etc.) and weather. They are typically made of polyester or nylon of different densities (for different weather conditions). In warm weather shorts can be used if protection against the vegetation and terrain is not required. Most hiking pants are DWR-treated to offer some basic weather protection.