Gear Review: Baleaf Laureate UPF50+ DWR Hiking Pants

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Those hot summer walks are far behind us—which means that now it’s time to haul out the extra layers.  Where I live, our chilliest, snowiest weather won’t be here for a while, but I’m starting to need a little something extra to keep me comfortable outside. 

Baleaf’s Laureate UPF50+ DWR Hiking Pants may not be an extra warm layer, but they’re water-resistant, and they keep the wind out. I tend to use them as an extra windbreaker layer over my go-to fleece-lined leggings, and I love how light and comfortable they are. They’re great on windy days—or just as an extra layer on moderately chilly days. They have four zipper pockets, which is awesome—because there’s no such thing as too many pockets. And even though hiking pants usually have a bit of a swish to them, you won’t hear me coming from a mile away in these. 

These definitely make good year-round pants.  During the chillier months, they’re great for that extra layer of protection against wind and (gulp) snow.  But you’ll find yourself reaching for these in the summer months, too—whether you need some comfortable pants for traveling or you want to keep the bugs away (and the sun from burning your legs) on summer hikes.

You can find these all-season pants on Baleaf’s website.  For an additional 10% discount, use my code: KRISTINKRAMER


Kristin has been hitting the trail (or the treadmill) for a walk almost every day for the past several years, and she recently completed her first half marathon. She loves sunny fall days, cushy walking shoes, and coconut caramel iced coffee from Dunkin.

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