I’m hard on clothing and very picky about what I wear. It has to be tough, look good [to me!] and be low maintenance. Stuff that gets wrinkly easy or that looks dirty after one day on a trip doesn’t last long in my wardrobe. My favourite outdoorsy pants for the last few years have been Prana Titan pants. I’ve got 3 or 4 pairs I bought at MEC.ca. Usually about once a year I treat myself to a fresh pair.
I like the fact that the material is tough and doesn’t show dirt/wear easily. It’s also soft enough to feel good against your skin and doesn’t hold wrinkles. I like wearing them around town without feeling like I’m about to go on an expedition, but when I’m hiking or biking I don’t regret wearing them. I’ve got some The North Face pants I like as well, but they definitely have that “I’m about to summit everest” look to them…=-) They roll up and stay rolled up with a couple buttons on the legs for warm weather and/or biking missions. The material breathes well so you don’t get sweaty and dries fast when you fall into the ocean!
My oldest pair is 3yrs old and looks great. These will be around for the long haul.