Review: ExOfficio Amphib Pant

These pants live up to their name. It’s like I was wearing a long legged swimsuit. With a built in liner and mesh pocket and vents it drains and dries quickly. The liner is very comfortable and can be worn while hiking many miles. The long legs are great for protecting your legs when thrashing through unknown (read: potentially poisonous) vegetation. It’s also great sun protection and very comfortable when in hot environments where shorts are culturally frowned upon.

The only problem I’ve noticed is the flat, low profile buckle sometimes gets tapped by the waist-strap of my backpack and comes undone. With the elastic nature of the built in liner, it’s not a problem of the pants totally falling down while hiking or when taking the pack off. So, really, a minor inconvenience, not anything that keeps the pants from working as needed.

About the author

Adventure Correspondent Cameron L. Martindell is a freelance adventure travel and expedition writer, photographer and filmmaker who founded in 2000. He has contributed to Elevation Outdoors Magazine, The Gear Junkie, National Geographic, The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Outside, Backpacker, Wired, Australian Geographic, and others. He has been to all seven continents and lived on five of them, including a four-month stint at the South Pole. Cameron has more than 10 years of mountain search and rescue experience, is an Eagle Scout, has been an Australian bush firefighter, competes in sailing regattas, plans national and international youth programs, guides Oregon rafting trips and Australian bush backpacking trips.

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