The North Face Progressor Hybrid Tights are an attempt to cross a pair of running tights with a hiking pant. TNF added abrasion resistant-patches to the front of the thighs and rear of the tights. Sounds like a good idea right? In theory, yes, but in practice, they did feel a little weird at times. The two different materials stretch in different ways, and while we did like these better than REI's version, the Screeline, we liked TNF's old Hybrid Hiker Tights better. But, if you are psyched on hiking in tights and tired of ruining your $85 yoga pants by hiking in them, why not buy a pair of $85 hiking tights instead? They're a little slow to dry once wet, and not quite as versatile as a pair of convertible hiking pants.
If you need something for a multi-day backpacking trip, check out our Editors' Choice winner, the Marmot Lobo's Convertible pants instead. We also really liked the Mountain Hardwear Dynama, our Top Pick for Comfort, which is a soft and cozy pair for hiking or just hanging around the house. If you do prefer the feeling of hiking in tights instead of swishy hiking pants, the Progressor is still a great option. They're perfect for fastpacking and trail running as well, so we've given them our Top Pick for Trail Running award.