Patagonia seem to be masters of cut and style for those with a slim to athletic build, so we love how the Causey Pike pants look, albeit the 'Superior Blue' on test are an unusual colour that split opinion, I like them for their brazen quirkiness.
If you were to choose one of the far dourer black or industrial green options, then you open the door for the Causey Pike to be a versatile travelling pant.
Cut is fairly 'neat' up top even for those with a slim build and we experienced a slight pull at the tops of the legs as a result. There's a small amount of 4-way stretch and a diamond gusseted crotch to counteract any unpleasantness but if you prefer an airier feel then perhaps these aren't the trousers for you.
The nylon and spandex mix material has a tight weave which helps block out chilling winds as well as UV rays, giving a 50+ UPF rating. Despite the tight weave the Causey Pike pants breathe well, and you can crank open the four mesh-lined pockets to quickly dump excess heat and moisture when the need arises. All the pockets are zipped so you can securely store important items in them without worry.
The waist area houses a zipped fly, popper closure and a built-in belt. The belt is streamlined and has a very simple low-profile buckle to maximise comfort, especially when wearing a pack with hipbelt. The soft waistband feels great over long, sweaty hikes.
The knees have stitched in articulation, this works well when climbing steep slopes. The legs are cut straight from knee to bottom hem where there's a zip and expandable gusset to suit various types of footwear and preference.
Overall, if you're sold on Patagonia's legwear style and prefer even your technical clothing to have an on-point look then the Causey Pike pants are a high-quality option.