See, I’ve hiked and traveled all over the world in my MØVA Skinnies For me, they've proven time and again to be the perfect solution for long days of sweating and sun exposure. They cover my legs without stifling me, and best of all, they absorb the sweat that is inevitably running down my legs on those long summer climbs.
When I decided to try out the WEEKENDR Tight, I didn’t really know what to expect from it. It’s hard to judge how a material will feel and breathe just by looking at a picture on a website, but I decided to make the leap prior to my trip to Israel.
When my first pair (hint!) of WEEKENDRs arrived in the mail, I was…flummoxed. On the website, they basically looked like yoga pants or women's leggings with mesh inserts; thus, I had been expecting something similar to the MØVA. The material used in the WEEKENDRs, though, is very different. The best way I can describe it is to say it feels like a stretchier version of the material used to make running shorts. It’s not smooth and soft, like leggings would be, nor is it baggy and scratchy. It’s the perfect material to make extremely lightweight, quick drying, breathable women's travel pants for hiking, and that’s exactly what the WEEKENDRs are!
My first test drive in the WEEKENDRs was out and about doing errands on a hot afternoon in early May in South Carolina. I could feel myself sweating in the humid air, but my legs never felt hot. Still, I had my husband check to make sure I wasn’t sweating through the back of my indigo-colored pants – my main concern! Typically, I buy my bottoms in black because no one wants to see a sweaty butt. Test #1: passed!
I was headed to Israel for 10 days in May, and that's where the real test would occur. Since the WEEKENDRs passed the errands test, I decided to order another pair for my trip. Israel is hot and dry in mid-May, and although everything I read told me to bring shorts, I knew pants were the right choice for me (see previous discussion of excessive sweating and sun exposure). The question was how comfortable would I be with pants on in 95 degree temperatures in the desert? I was about to find out.
The biggest test of my WEEKENDRs was in the ancient city of Tsfat (Safed). On this particular day, I did a walking tour of the city as temperatures neared 100 degrees with full sun. We hiked up and down the hilly roads, strolled through famed art shops, and ate lunch in the sun. My fellow travelers thought I was nuts: “Aren’t you dying?” they asked of my outfit that day, which included the WEEKENDR tights, an ASPIRA tank, and the AIRSPEED shirt. I was delighted to answer that not only was I not dying, I was downright comfortable – with not a sign of sweat to be seen!
I continued to rock my WEEKENDRs throughout the trip, and by the end, everyone was asking me where I got these magical pants. I mean, who wouldn’t want lightweight, breathable, and flattering travel pants that look like leggings but have pockets and function like pants? I guess you could say that the WEEKENDR tights felt like my own personal miracle in the Holy Land.
Danielle Cemprola is a freelance writer, marathoner x 52, and the brains behind the popular running and travel blog The T-Rex Runner. Danielle and her husband, AJ, love to hike, travel, and eat their way across the planet. She's a self-described carry-on enthusiast who loves challenging herself to pack for any trip, no matter the length or destination, in a carry-on bag. When Danielle's not flying the friendly skies, you're likely to find her working at her day job as an environmental scientist - hey, someone needs to pay for all those plane tickets!