In my quest for finding the best gear for me, and the way I hunt, I have put together multiple reviews of hunting gear. I am always looking for better alternatives, however I have some tried and true products that I know I can stand by. To add to the review of technical hunting pants I decided to give the Prana Stretch Zion Pants a test drive. It helped that they were on sale and I had REI dividends. That made them extremely affordable at around $50. Compared to some of the other options in our review, they were extremely affordable.
Disclaimer: I have not hunted in these, but if public land ever opens back up I plan to take them turkey hunting, not exactly a prefect representation of hunting in the Rockies, but in the meantime I am wearing them on my training hikes, step up workouts with pack, and in my day to day.
The comfort of these pants is really impressive. They are light and fit really well. I am a bigger guy through the bottom half, and they fit well. They also have a pull tab to snug the waist down if they are just a bit big through the waist. This would come in handy on a western hunt as you will lose a few pounds trekking through the mountains. I am very impressed with the comfort thus far.
Since I haven’t had them on the mountains yet, I can’t comment on the durability in that scenario but based on what I have heard and read about these pants they are durable. One of the reasons I picked this pair up is I continually hear about them online and on podcasts. They seem very well built for the price point. They will absolutely be more durable than the First Lite Kanab 2.0, I can say that with conviction.
In terms of being quiet, I definitely didn’t open the package and think “oh man, these are going to be loud” and if I was ranking them, they would fall in behind the KUIU Attacks and the First Lite Kanab 2.0. The fit will help in the noise category as the legs are more tapered as opposed to boot cut. There is enough material at the bottom of the leg to cover my boots, but not excess material as in some of the generic sized pants (L, XL sizing).
If I compare the weight of these pants, they are the lightest weight pants in my review, which is crazy to me as I thought of the First Lite Kanab’s as ultralight, however I was wrong.
In terms of pockets, there are 5. Two in the back and one has a zipper closure which I appreciate. Two front pockets and one on the left thigh. It is closed with two zippers, one on the top and one on the side. I am not sold on this design, as I could see myself drop my phone or a diaphragm call in that pocket, zip the top and not remember the side zip. That would make for a bad day of hunting. Don’t ask me how I know things like that happen, let’s just say they do happen. Not something that is make or break, but something to keep in mind as you are looking for hunting gear.
All in all, I am excited to use these on training hikes and we will see if they make the cut in September, but they are definitely in consideration. From a value standpoint, I don’t know if you will find a better option and I can definitely recommend them from a value / budget standpoint.
Until next time, get outside!