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Mountain Boots and Pants We Love

Pants and boots for mountain people doing mountain things

PHOTOS: David Reddick

If you live in the mountains, you probably wear boots and denim pretty regularly. And if you live in the mountains and wear boots, you’re probably looking for something that does well in snow, slush, and mud. Nothing goes better with these boots than denim, the latest of which features a lot of stretchy/techy fabrics to making moving around in the mountains even more practical. Here are a few of our favorite boots and pants.

Patagonia
Performance Straight Fit, $119
Made of 71 percent cotton and 29 percent Coolmax--a polyester, stretchy denim--the Performance pant is easy to move in and has a DWR finish for more protection against winter. Buy a pair here.

Danner
Vertigo 917, $220
With a little style as well as Vibram soles and a Gore lining, this is a great hybrid option for someone who lives in the city and wants a shoe they can wear every day, including through their weekend missions. Find a pair here.

DU/ER
Straight & Narrow, $119
These jeans have enough stretch to hike in the woods or layer over a pair of long underwear, with a cut that will make them your new favorite pair. Try Duer's Performance denim for a version treated with DWR. Get a pair here.

Forsake
Patch Boots, $150
Molded EVA soles, a waterproof/breathable membrane, taped seams, anti-microbial footbed, and moisture-wicking lining check all the boxes for a pair of winter boots to wear every day. But unlike others, the Patch are not clunky. Their profile looks more like a pair of sneakers. You can find them here.

prAna
London Jean, $99
A classic skinny jean made with organic cotton and a medium stretch that retains its shape after multiple wears. Available in multiple inseams. You can buy a pair here.

The North Face
Ballard Lace II Boots, $120
A waterproof leather boot with great grip on ice and rocky trails thanks to temperature-sensitive rubber lugs in the sole, the comfortable Ballard feels broken-in after the first wear. Get them here.

Levi's
501, $119

Nothing techy or fancy here--just 100 percent cotton in a classic, trustworthy package. Get your new pair of jeans here.

Helly Hansen
Ullr Transition HT, $175
With 400 grams of Primaloft insulation, this shoe/boot hybrid keeps your feet warm while a waterproof HellyTech membrane makes sure you don't get wet tromping through the slush. A zip on the side makes them easy on/easy off. You can buy them here.