For those of you who have followed along on this blog or on my Instagram for a little while you know that I really like Kuhl clothes. The first item of real hiking clothes that I bought was a pair of Kuhl Transcendr pants and I wrote a review about those. Since then I have tried several pairs of Kuhl pants including my latest pair, the Kuhl Revolvr Hiking Pant.
As a disclaimer I would like to mention that I have an affiliate agreement with Kuhl and any purchase you make from links on this website results in me getting a small commission. All opinions on this page are my own and based on my own experiences with this pair of pants. This review is for general informational purposes. Your experience with the pants may be completely different.
Kuhl Revolver Hiking Pants
According to the Kuhl website, the Revolver uses “KÜHL’s lightweight and quick drying ÜberKÜHL® STRETCH fabric delivers durability and comfort to the REVOLVR™ Men’s Pant. With the breathability of cotton, these easy-care pants have anti-abrasion toughness and forgiving stretch. Superior sun protection (UPF 50) and seven pockets for storage.”
Waist: 28, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 38, 40, 42
Inseam 28, 30, 32, 34, 36
Pine Grove, Ink Black, Khaki, Nomad Khaki, Olive Brown, Driftwood, Fossil, Gun Metal, Gotham Grey, Black
68% Cotton 29% Nylon 3%Spandex
Machine wash cold.
Tumble dry low.
*All information from Kuhl.com
What I Liked
My favorite pants up to this point to hike in have been the Transcendr pant. The Transcendr paired great flexibility with extreme durability. But the Transcendr is a heavier pant that works best in winter, spring, and fall but can get a little warm in the heat of the summer.
The Revolvr pant has the flexibility and durability that I love but in a lighter weight pant that doesn’t get as hot on those really steamy hikes. The light weight doesn’t sacrifice performance or durability though. I actually found them to be of a heavier weight than ultra light weight hikers from Kuhl like the Silencr and Renegade. But some of the light weight pants on the market are so thin that its like hiking in a nylon windbreaker. The Revolvr threads that needle of being light weight but strong.
If you are like me you keep bringing more an more with you on every hike. From the cell phones and GoPro’s to keys, wallets, and snacks, I use every bit of space I have to carry something with me on a hike. The Revolvr is referred to as a 5-pocket jean. So they come with the standard jean set up of 2 back pockets, 2 side hip pockets, and the small pill pocket. One of the nice features of these pants is that that the corners of these 5 pockets are all sealed with metal stamps and not just stitching. Important for all the times you try to jam something in a pocket and catch the corner and start a small rip at the seam. These metal pieces should prevent that.
The Revolvr also comes with a side pocket just above the knee on either leg. One pocket is a large rectangle able to hold my Samsung Galaxy 21 Ultra with protective case. That is a very large phone so the pocket is a very good size. The other pocket is kind of in a 3/4 style that I use for a bag of trail mix and usually have a pocket knife in there. Even though the pant isn’t a full on cargo style it still gives that extra space which is really handy.
The most flexible spot on the Revolvr is exactly where I like to have the most flexibility, the crotch. While having flexibility on a side walk or walking around the office isn’t as important, in the woods and mountains it can’t be taken for granted. So many of my hikes include bouldering or stepping over fallen trees and having pants that don’t restrict is mandatory for me. I feel great when hiking in these pants and have no issues with big steps in any direction.
Now I will admit that I am a “hefty hiker” so my legs might run a bit bigger than some but the flexibility is something that is important for all hikers. The other spot that is important is through the thighs. I like to have a looser fit around my thighs again for freedom of movement when I have to step up and over any obstacles. Again the Revolvr passes with flying colors.
The Revolvr comes with two different fits, a full or tapered. If you haven’t guessed by now I went with the full fit. This did leave a little bit of fabric around my ankles which I didn’t love as that fabric can get caught on branches or rocks but it was worth it for the comfort of the rest of the fit. If you don’t need as much flexibility, or have a different body style, you may want to look into the tapered style on these.
I have hiked in these pants 3 times now so I can’t speak to super long term durability. I have put them through some work though. My first hike was in an area that had a lot of these willow bushes leaning onto the trail. These bushes have stiff branches that are pretty sharp. Well, they were whipping at my legs as I walked through them and I never felt any of the sharp branches cut into my legs. The pants came back unscathed as well so that is a good first impression.
The second hike was in a really rocky terrain with a mix between boulders and smaller rocks. My legs were pressed against the rocks with no marks on leg or pant. I also sat on a bunch of rocks on this hike and that was comfortable as possible. When I got up there was some rock dust on the pants but nothing permanent.
I can say that I have several pair of Kuhl Hiking Pants and the durability is something that always brings me back. I have flat out abused some of these pants and they always come out unscathed and provide a really nice layer of protection for my skin as well.
One last note on the Revolvr. They are actually designed to give a distressed look after a few times of wearing them. This is a style choice and not a sign that the pants are failing.
I haven’t had a chance to walk through a rainstorm in the pants but I did get to wade through a creek up to about mid thigh. I did this because I slipped off a rock and it was not intentional. While wading through a creek isn’t really what the Revolvr is designed for they held up pretty well. I will say that they got pretty wet while being submerged but what really impressed me was how quickly the pants dried compared to my socks and waterproof shoes. Within a half mile my legs and pants were dry while water was still sloshing in my shoes!
I did hike in a light snow storm in these pants and all of the snow just bounced off the pants but I don’t know if that was enough to form an opinion. I will say that the pants are not marketed as a waterproof pant so I wouldn’t suggest wading if you can avoid it.
The Kuhl Revolvr Hiking Pant is rated at 50 SPF. I don’t have any examples of this. I can tell you that two of my hikes were in the bright Colorado sun and my legs were the same color going in as going out. For all the time that I spend in the outdoors I think that the sun protection is one of those hidden features that is so important and something that should be considered when making a purchase.
What I Didn’t Like
While I do love Kuhl Hiking Pants, they will take my blogger card away if I don’t find something wrong. Plus, I want to be totally honest with you on this review. So here is what I don’t love about the Kuhl Revolvr Hiking Pant.
I don’t like that there is no way to cinch the ankle fabric. On the other pants that I have there are either buttons or cord to tighten the pant around the ankle to help prevent twigs and rocks to get between the pant and shoe top. This doesn’t exist on the Revolvr. However, the Revolvr does come in a tapered version which may help with a tighter fit around the ankle. For me I prefer the looser fit on the legs to keep the freedom of movement.
Overall I really love the Kuhl Revolvr Hiking Pant and would recommend for anyone who is looking for a lightweight hiking pant that doesn’t sacrifice strength and durability. The pant has a great fit and is very comfortable. I also have freedom of movement and flexibility in all the places that are important to keep me safe on the trail.
Style has never been a big factor for me in hiking pants. However, the Revolvr comes in several colors and a couple of fits. They are like comfy blue jeans that you can hike in! They also have a distressing feature to make them look like higher fashion than I comprehend.
Overall a great pair of pants if you are looking for a solid pair of hiking pants. While they are light weight I think these pants would be great for three seasons. Maybe not for the coldest days of winter, early spring or late fall but otherwise good to go. A great first pair of hikers as well.
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