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Prana Bronson Pant

I always have trouble finding outdoor pants that fit my lanky frame. Not too many companies make a 34- inseam. So I was happy to hear that Prana, one of my favorite outdoor apparel companies, makes pants in a variety of lengths.

Prana's Bronson pants have become a favorite. They're made out of soft, micro-sanded canvas, they're lghtweight, and they're very comfortalbe. The minute I tried on my first pair, I was in love. Now my Bronson pant pulls triple duty as a work pant, casual pant, and outdoor performance pant.

I’ve worn them climbing, hiking, and out to bars, and they’ve weathered my trifecta of testing conditions perfectly. The rock where I live in Estes Park is crystalline granite with sharp, abrasive crystals, so climbing in these parts puts a lot of wear on clothing and gear. I’ve been pretty happy with how the Bronson pant has held up. No frayed stitching, no holes, no scuffs.

I really appreciate the gusseted crotch, which gives me great freedom of movement, and the handy side utility pocket, into which I can shove my phone while I’m climbing.  I know, I know – I don’t really need a phone when I’m enjoying a great day outside. But I think having a phone with me is safe and responsible.

I also like the fact that the Bronson pant is slightly stretchy, thanks to a bit of spandex blended into the cotton fabric. The flexibility in the pant makes it that much better while bouldering, rock hopping, climbing, and hiking.

Available in Charcoal and Khaki, men's sizes 28-38, in 30-, 32-, and 34-inch inseams. Prana also offers the Stretch Zion Convertible pant in a 34-inch inseam.

Bottom Line: Stylish, comfortable outdoor pants that stand up to major abuse and fit tall skinny people. --N.W. (July ‘11)

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When hiking or camping, always carry the "10 Essentials":

Extra clothing, extra food and water, lighter or water-proof matches and fire starter, map in waterproof envelope, compass, pocket knife, sunscreen and sunglasses, flashlight or headlamp, first aid kit, emergency shelter.

Source: Seattle Mountain Rescue and Seattle Mountaineers.