Must Have: Columbia All Weather Pants
We all have that that favorite pair of bike shorts which we use when we go biking. Even if there are other choices and designs, we stick to that one favorite pair because… well, it’s unexplainable why you like it, but you just do!
That infatuation for shorts is also translatable to long pants for doing outdoor activities. My go-to long pants when doing outdoor-fun-stuff/adventures in the wild is the Columbia Omni Shade Cargo Pants.
It is light weight, easy to move, and appropriate for the tropical weather in the Philippines. It has the right ingredients for a rugged long pants. This is the appropriate wardrobe for adventure seekers looking for the Holy Grail. If your type of activity levels to the Indiana Jones kind of running, climbing, tumbling and other crazy stunts, this pair of pants is the one for you.
I put to the test my pair of pants when we went bike-camping to Mt. Ugo. I had my shorts on at the beginning of the journey, but I packed these long pants simply because they were apt. You can just roll it up and it won’t be too much of a hassle in your luggage space because it is LIGHTWEIGHT. That automatically is a plus factor because it will always be the “travel pants” due to its practicality and dependability.
I wore it on the second day of riding when my MTB shorts was too muddy to use again. The pants came along with a free adjustable belt which was such a hit because it was very easy to alter the waistline tightness. After biking the whole morning, you eat a hearty lunch and your tummy is full: simply adjust the strap of the belt, and you would instantly feel comfortable. I applaud the fact that it comes with a FREE BELT.
Two front side pockets, two back pockets, Plus! Two leg pockets.
That’s a lot of pockets!
You can do what you want with those pockets, stash away whatever items there, it is your choice… just enjoy those six pockets. The left side leg pocket can be sealed with a zipper (thus you can stash away precious items there and be worry proof of losing them).
The back pockets are conventional and they carry good wallets which bring good fortune.
I specifically enjoyed the material of the Columbia pants because it is QUICK DRY yet still hold the protection required for the rugged outdoors. During our bike camp to Mt. Ugo, we got rained upon and the weather was not on our side. We struggled through mud, dense thick follage and received all the elements a tropical rain forest threw at us. Thankfully, I wore long johns because the local limantik was sucking blood from my other friends’ legs. Due to my long socks wrapped with Columbia Omni Shade Cargo Pants, these blood sucking leeches (limantik) didn’t stick to my legs. I was muddy all over, yet the pants still held on.
After being drenched in rain the whole afternoon towards evening, when we settled in, I hanged my Columbia pants to dry near the fireplace and slept. In the morning, the pants were dried up already and ready to rock again. Felt as if it was fresh from the driers, the pants were ready to face the elements again the next day. Never before have I been so impressed with such bombproof outdoor wear. Two thumbs up for Columbia Sportswear!
Must Have: Roughing it up in the wild or meeting with your buddies, this pair of wonderful pants is a definite must have. It is comfortable, practical and essential. If you still have no “outdoor-bombproof-pants-built-for-the-tropics” then go get one. You can bike in ’em too!
Quick facts from their website:
- Omni-Shade UPF 50 sun protection
- Partial elastic at waist
- Gusset detail
- Pockets with hook and loop closure
- Zip-closed security pocket
- Hand pockets
- Mesh pocket bags
- Inseam: 30”, 32”, 34”
- OMNI-SHADE MAIN BODY
100% nylon Silver Ridge ripstop
- OMNI-WICK MESH PANELS
57% recycled polyester/43% polyester mesh
These pants are available at All Columbia Sportswear stores. I got mine at the Eastwing building of Shangrila Mall, Edsa corner Shaw boulevard, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong.
You can also get them at R.O.X. (11th Avenue, Fort Bonifacio, BGC). (02) 856 4639
IF you got the pants, maybe you can be a Director of Toughness: