These hiking pants really changed the game for me. I spent a lot of time trying to find a pant that was comfortable and lightweight. The Arc'teryx Rampart are nonrestrictive and make hiking easier for me.
I used to just backpack in sweats or jeans, but if they got wet, I was toast. This last summer I knew it was time to take a step up and get some water resistant pants.
The 94% Nylon material repels water. If they do get wet ...