Rating: 8.7 / 10
Value for Money 2.1 / 2.5
Comfort 2.2 / 2.5
Weight 2.2 / 2.5
Durability 2.2 / 2.5
I first came across Kuhl clothing around three years ago but for one reason or another I never managed to test out what is becoming a well recognised brand on the Australian market. This brand has been around now since 1983 and has a reputation for quirkiness. The Renegade Stealth pants are a good case in point given ‘renegade’ is defined as:
I don’t wear shorts when I hike preferring the protection of longer pants. But I couldn’t make up my mind on which style to try out so ended up purchasing two pairs including the Renegade Stealth. My main reason for choosing these pants essentially came down to the pockets; more on this later.
Lets start with the appearance first. Most hiking pants tend to look like ‘outdoor wear’. Lots of pockets and reasonably boring in style. In this respect, the Kuhl Renegade Stealth pants fit the that description. The pockets are a big winner for me. Two in the back, two at the hips and two on the legs. The pockets at the back for me are a waste of time given I only ever put things in them when I have empty food wrappers and I’m on the move.
The hip pockets are deep and slanted. The idea of slanting the pockets is to make it easy to get things out, particularly when seated but this also makes it easy for things to fall out. I prefer the squared topped option because I usually keep my compact Olympus TG-5 camera, and occasionally my phone, in my front pockets. However these pockets are deep enough for the slanting not to be an issue. The pockets are a durable but lightweight mesh which allows a bit of airflow.
The leg pockets are unique as far as pants go. They have a zipper top which keeps things from falling out but each has two compartments. The internal compartment is mesh so again if you leave these unzipped they will allow air to move through cooling you down (to a point). The outer compartment is solid material which allows you to segregate certain items so you don’t have to rummage around to find things you want. The leg pockets are a good size and will comfortably hold the larger iPhone or Samsung phones, or are a good place to stash snacks for the day.
The leg length of these pants is 32 inches (also available in 30 inches) is reasonably common on the Australian market but I find that they tend to be a generous 32. In normal day to day living I prefer a longer leg on my pants but when hiking I like to have a bit of ground clearance to keep them out of the mud.
The material is a two way stretch meaning they will stretch across the pants as well as down. This stretch allows for squatting or reaching or leaping across without the risk of tearing – they perform quite well in this regard. I have never felt like these pants limited my movement. There is also a crotch gusset that allows you good movement. In addition, the material on the pants contains DWR properties so they aren’t likely to get too wet and heavy in the rain and if they do, they will dry reasonably quickly. Kuhl describe these pants as being ‘full fit’ around the seat and thighs which sounds like a polite way of saying ‘you’re big boned’.
My one negative with these pants, which also applies to just about any other brand, is because I loose weight on an extended hike I need to wear a belt to keep them up. I will usually have a couple of different sizes with my pants and start of wearing something that is at the upper end of the range bordering on tight to allow for weight loss. If the hike is long enough I will drop down a size after a number of weeks. If you are wearing them tight there comes a point when they become too tight and occasionally the closure clip will pop open. This is probably not a bad thing as it means your pants are too small and its time for a bigger pair or some other solution!
I really like these pants. The sizing is consistent and they are relatively easy to source. So if you need to replace your current pants, you can order them online with the confidence they will fit when they arrive.
Kuhl Renegade Stealth Men’s Pants
Kuhl Renegade Stealth Men’s Pants side view
Kuhl Renegade Stealth Men’s Pants rear pockets
Kuhl Renegade Stealth Men’s Pants rear view gear loop
Kuhl Renegade Stealth Men’s Pants front pockets. The pockets have good depth as well as being mesh so they will allow a bit of airflow
Kuhl Renegade Stealth Men’s Pants leg pocket zip
Kuhl Renegade Stealth Mens Pant’s inside leg pockets
Kuhl Renegade Stealth Men’s Pants leg pocket with a long phone. These pockets are deep enough to hold just about any phone on the market
Kuhl Renegade Stealth Men’s Pants view of stitching
Kuhl Renegade Stealth Men’s Pants leg length. These boots are a mid height boot and the leg length is just how I like it
Hikers who like long pants and where the temperature is below about 26-27° Celcius
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Kuhl make a range of different pants including the Radikl, the Contra and the Revolvr. There’s a model and style to suit just about everyone
This review was done with product purchased by Australian Hiker from a retail store