Sometimes its easy to forget how important the right layering system is for your lower body when hiking in the winter elements. We put so much focus on the upper body.

Recently, I was able to test the REI Taku pants. These pants are active wear, you will still need to have a thermal layer underneath. But in the case of the REI Taku pants, I was able to snowshoe comfortably in -15 degree wind chill and stay warm.

“Taku Pants offer the ultimate in versatility—with waterproof, breathable and lightweight stretch comfort. A great selection for aerobic activities in cold conditions when you may encounter windy, wet weather; think climbing, snowshoeing and spring skiing”

From REI

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Front lower legs and upper posterior region are made from a 3-layer laminated nylon fabric offering waterproof, breathable protection and durability. Upper front legs and rear lower legs are a waterproof, soft shell laminate offering comfortable four-way stretch, high mobility and breathability. All seams are sealed for weather-tight protection. Thigh vents allow air movement and help regulate body temperature.

What I liked about the Taku pants was the deep pockets. I tend to carry stuff that I need quick access to, i.e camera, and maps. But what I like the most were the zips at the bottom. The lower-leg zippers are designed with three-inch wide gussets to fit over a variety of boot widths.

At 19 ounces this is a great choice. You can buy these at REI for around $159.00 bucks.

For outer (inactive wear) or sleep wear, read my gear review on the Integral Designs Denali Pants

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4 comments

  • Has anyone biked in these? I’m loath to buy winter biking pants, but I’m having trouble keeping my bottoms warm under 30 degrees.

  • I’ve never biked in these pants, but I would imagine they would be awesome. They are insulated quite well, but are light. They are designed as a wind blocker. I would at least head out to REI and try them on. It would be worth it.

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