I wanted hiking pants that were not completely synthetic (I don't find they hold up well, and many available right now are more like fitness tights than hiking pants). I like the fabric - durable but lightweight, dries quickly. The colour is nicer in real life than in the image. These pants have lovely soft stretchy pockets and keys, pocket knife (small items) will not fall out (though the phone needs to go into the leg pocket but that says more about the phone). The problem I had with them is that the waistline is too bulky to be used for backpacking - heavy belt loop in the back, metal button with protruding portion where it is sewn on, and drawstring that ties at the same location as the button. I took them on a backpacking trip and had to yank them down as far as they would go because it was not sustainable to have them under my pack. I may taken them to a tailor and have the waist portion replaced with something smooth and stretchy! I do otherwise love the pants and may even get a second pair in a size up for winter layering.