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Mountain Hardwear Chockstone Pant Review

A technical pair of pants with the comfort and versatility to get the job done
mountain hardwear chockstone pant hiking pants review
Credit: Mountain Hardwear
Price:  $99 List
Manufacturer:   Mountain Hardwear
By Ben Applebaum-Bauch ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Oct 26, 2022
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RANKED
#10 of 12
  • Comfort and Mobility - 35% 6.0
  • Venting and Breathability - 20% 5.0
  • Versatility and Style - 15% 6.0
  • Weather Resistance - 15% 7.0
  • Features - 15% 6.0

Our Verdict

The Mountain Hardwear Chockstone is a durable contender in our review of the best hiking pants. Its thick fabric makes it a solid choice for cool-weather activities. These pants are rain and wind-resistant. It comes equipped with a low-profile, integrated belt, which makes sizing easier. Though the leg sizing runs short and they aren't the stretchiest of pants, all in all, this model has what most people will need to have a great day on trail. This is a technical-looking pair of pants that is a good option for anyone who needs a reliable pair of hiking pants for their next adventure.
REASONS TO BUY
Durable
Integrated belt
Zippered pockets
REASONS TO AVOID
Short legs
Expensive

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Pros Durable, integrated belt, zippered pocketsAiry fabric, very comfortable, maximum mobilitySupple and mobile, DWR coating works great, fair priceLook good, don't stretch, cinch cords in anklesSimple design looks good, comfortable, affordable
Cons Short legs, expensiveWaist fit is loose, not great in cool weatherNot many pockets, slim fit may not be awesome for larger adultsStiff, most pockets don't have zipsMinimal features, not water resistant
Bottom Line A technical pair of pants with the comfort and versatility to get the job doneOur favorite pant and the most comfortable and breathable pair that we testedAn awesome pant for 14er day hikes and chilling at the brewpub afterwardsA true enigma, these pants look great whether you find yourself in the wilderness or at the officeA solid pair of everyday pants that are also good for hiking or climbing
Rating Categories Mountain Hardwear C... Outdoor Research Fe... Patagonia Quandary... Royal Robbins Alpin... Prana Brion II Pants
Comfort and Mobility (35%)
6.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
8.0
Venting and Breathability (20%)
5.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
5.0
Versatility and Style (15%)
6.0
7.0
7.0
9.0
9.0
Weather Resistance (15%)
7.0
5.0
7.0
7.0
5.0
Features (15%)
6.0
4.0
5.0
6.0
4.0
Specs Mountain Hardwear C... Outdoor Research Fe... Patagonia Quandary... Royal Robbins Alpin... Prana Brion II Pants
Weight 11.5 oz 12.2 oz 10.0 oz 13.8 oz 12.0 oz
Material 88% nylon, 12% elastane 86% nylon, 14% spandex; 90D stretch woven ripstop 94% nylon (62% recycled), 6% spandex 66% nylon, 31% polyester, 3% spandex 95% recycled nylon, 5% spandex
Water Resistance DWR finish DWR finish DWR finish DWR finish DWR finish
Sizing (Waist, Length options) W: 28" - 46"
L: 30" - 34"
W: 28" - 42"
L: 30"- 34"
W: 28" - 40"
L: 30", 32", 34"
W: 30" - 40"
L: 30" - 34"
W: 28" - 42"
L: 28" - 36"
Sun Protection UPF 50 UPF 50 UPF 50 UPF 50 UPF 50
Convertible, or option available? No No, but convertible version available No No No
Pockets 2 hand, 1 zippered back 2 hand, 2 back, 1 thigh zip 2 hand, 2 back, 1 zippered thigh, 1 coin 2 front, 2 rear, 1 cargo 2 hand, 1 front coin, 2 back
Waist Strap/Fasten Button and zip fly Button and zip fly Button and zip fly Button and zip fly Button and zip fly
Other Features Cinch cord at cuff, adjustable waist tightening strap Drawcord cuff closures, side zip pocket Front and back knee articulation, gusseted crotch, slim straight fit Gussetted crotch, tapered leg, cinch cord at cuff Gusseted crotch, belt loops, mesh pockets

Our Analysis and Test Results

We like the low-profile integrated belt which makes adjusting the waist easy. The deep handwarmer pockets are a nice feature as well.

Performance Comparison


mountain hardwear chockstone pant hiking pants review - the mountain hardwear chockstone pants are decent for a variety of...
The Mountain Hardwear Chockstone pants are decent for a variety of adventures.
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Comfort & Mobility


These pants don't feel as stretchy as we first assumed they would be based on their elastane content. However, one really unique quality that differentiates them from most other pairs is that the inside-facing material is woven in such a way that it makes the synthetic fabric feel softer. During testing, we really came to appreciate the difference that this makes in terms of reducing chafing.

mountain hardwear chockstone pant hiking pants review - these pants tend to ride up and get tight in the legs when sitting...
These pants tend to ride up and get tight in the legs when sitting and squatting.
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Wearer mobility proved to be middle-of-the-pack. The gusseted crotch means that there is plenty of room to move in the upper half, however, the legs feel somewhat short, leaving ankles exposed on big steps. The cut is fairly 'regular' — not slim, but not loose. The included belt also allows the wearer to dial in the fit of the waist.

Venting & Breathability


The ventilation on these pants is standard but effective. The front and rear pockets are mesh-lined, so they can be unzipped to throw some heat. If you opt to roll them up, the elastic cord in the ankle secures them in place. There are a handful of models that employ a similar feature, but we found that these pants actually execute it well.

mountain hardwear chockstone pant hiking pants review - the pockets are mesh-lined, which can help a little bit with...
The pockets are mesh-lined, which can help a little bit with ventilation.
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These pants don't breathe especially well. The fabric is on the thicker side, and they are meant for cool weather so they are more for keeping in heat than releasing it.

Versatility & Style


The Chockstone is a technical and technical-looking pair of pants. They perform well on flats and gradual switchbacks, however, when high-stepping and scrambling the short legs were somewhat annoying. They are effective though for water-based or water-adjacent sports like canoeing and fishing.

mountain hardwear chockstone pant hiking pants review - the chockstone has a tech look and comes in some brighter colors...
The Chockstone has a tech look and comes in some brighter colors that stand out.
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This model definitely comes with a tech look. They are a fine fit for the informal front country. They are decent utility pants that can also double as casual happy hour wear.

Weather Resistance


We are pleased with the water resistance of these pants. They are not waterproof, so moisture eventually soaks in, but because of the weave of the fabric, wearers often didn't end up feeling that moisture as quickly. The weave pattern of the inside-facing fabric seems to absorb, which gives the wearer at least a little more time before the water makes it to their skin. We also found that they dry slightly faster than the average pair.

mountain hardwear chockstone pant hiking pants review - after 10 sprays, water still beads up on these pants without soaking...
After 10 sprays, water still beads up on these pants without soaking through.
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As with many other models in this review, we appreciate the UPF 50 rating that confirms the protection that these pants provide from harsh UV rays. They have reliable wind resistance as well.

Features


These pants have okay features. There are only three pockets including two front handwarmer pockets, and one rear zipper pocket on the right. We like the depth of the front pockets, which reduced our worry about items falling out. The rear zipper also provides peace of mind for critical items like keys.

mountain hardwear chockstone pant hiking pants review - the low-profile integrated belt is a nice adjustability feature that...
The low-profile integrated belt is a nice adjustability feature that makes these pants more usable with a backpack hipbelt or climbing harness.
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As discussed above, this model comes with a very practical elastic cord at the ankles which helps secure the legs when they are rolled up in warmer weather. The integrated belt is low-profile and helps dial in the fit.

Should You Buy the Mountain Hardwear Chockstone?


This is a durable, tech-forward model. The short-feeling legs put a damper on our enthusiasm for these pants, especially with its higher-than-average price tag. However, they are water-resistant and have nice deep pockets. Though there are a few nice features, it's possible to get everything these pants offer in other pairs, so we would look elsewhere.

What Other Hiking Pants Should You Consider?


For pants with impressive weather resistance, we recommend the REI Activator 3.0 or the Arc'Teryx Gamma LT. For high comfort and light weight, the Outdoor Research Ferrosi is our model of choice. Great style can also be had with the Royal Robbins Alpine Road and Prana Brion II.

mountain hardwear chockstone pant hiking pants review - roll-up legs help make the chockstone a decent, versatile hiking pant.
Roll-up legs help make the Chockstone a decent, versatile hiking pant.
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