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Kühl Resistor Air Jogger Outdoor Pant Hiking Test & Review

Disclaimer: Kühl sent this product to us for free for a review. That does not affect our opinion about the product. In this article, we list both what we like and dislike. Read more about this here.

Kühl Resistor Air Joggers – The Best Outdoor Pant for Hot Weather

Nothing’s worse than wearing thick long pants on when it’s hot outside, especially if you’re hiking or camping.

You can throw on a pair of shorts to cool down, but that’s not always ideal if you’re hiking on a narrow trail with lots of vegetation to grab your legs.

Not to mention bugs…

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I love wearing shorts in the summer, but when I’m camping, I’ve found that long pants made of cool thin material are almost always the better option.

Most of my long hiking pants for warm weather are very simple and don’t have a lot of structure.

The thing that caught my eye with the Kühl Resistor Air Jogger pants is how fitted the design is.

They look awesome, and are a little different from what you’d normally see in this category of outdoor pant.

In this review, I’ll go over the key selling points of these hiking pants and give my experience testing them out on a few hikes and around town.

Hopefully, I can help you decide if the Kühl Resistor Air Joggers are a good fit for your lifestyle.

kühl air resistor air jogger outdoor pants being worn on a hike next to a lake in hot weather
The Kühl Resistor Air Jogger pants are lightweight and dry quickly.

Kühl Resistor Air Jogger Outdoor Pants

Click here to find the Kühl Resistor Air Joggers on their website.

Main Features

  • Material – 65% Cotton / 30% Cotton / 5% Spandex
  • 145 GSM (grams per square meter)
  • Total Weight – 8.8 ounces / 250 grams
  • Stretch Fabric
  • Water Resistant
  • Quick Drying
  • Sun Protection – UPF 50+ (blocks 98% of ultraviolet sun rays)
  • Two Deep Lower Back Leg Pockets (Cell Phone Pockets)
  • Two Shallow Front Pockets
  • Two Buttoned Back Pockets
  • Elastic Ankle
  • Inner Elastic Waist String
  • Sage Green & Carbon Grey Color Options
  • 0 to 16 Size Options
  • 28 inch Inseam
  • High Ankle Tapered Fit
  • kühlKURVE (waist is higher in the back for a more natural fit)
  • Mid Rise
kühl air resistor air jogger outdoor pants being worn on a hike
Kühl hiking pants, like the Resistor Air Joggers fit standard to slightly large.

Sizing

Pant Size I’m Reviewing: 4

Color: Sage Green

My Height: 5 foot 4 inches

My Weight: ~125 lbs

Sizing seems to be in the standard to large range for Kühl clothing.

The kühlKURVE makes it so their pants actually fit correctly around the waist, so you don’t need to size up like you often have to with outdoor clothing.

I ordered size 4, because that’s my usual size. They are almost a perfect fit.

There’s no tightness around my thighs and the ankle elastics are snug but not uncomfortably tight.

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If I order these again, I think I’ll go with size 2.

The waist is a little too loose for me, the inner waist string tie helps a little, but I think a smaller size would be 100% perfect.

The short 28 inch inseam is so these have a high ankle fit on most people, but for my shorter legs they hit right at my ankles, which is perfect.

Finally, a long hiking pant that doesn’t have a ton of fabric bunched up on my shoes.

elastic ankle cuffs on the Kühl Resistor Air Jogger pants with a tapered fit for women
The Kühl Resistor Air Joggers have elastic ankles cuffs.

Material

The Kühl Resistor Air Jogger hiking pants are ultra-lightweight and meant for hot and humid conditions.

It still feels like the classic hiking pant material that’s slippery and durable, but it’s really thin and feels very airy.

The stretch is 2 way. There’s enough stretch to move and even climb, but they’re not overly stretchy like tights.

There are a lot of seams that run down the legs, giving them a cool tapered look.

I like the look of these more than the more common straight leg lightweight hiking pants.

back drop in phone pocket on the Kühl Resistor Air Jogger hiking pants for women
Kühl hiking pants usually have back drop-in phone pockets.

Pockets

Pockets are important for pants that have a purpose.

I’m a little disappointed that there are no zippered pockets and the front pockets are tiny and shallow.

When are clothing companies going to put regular sized pockets on women’s pants?

The specialty pockets are two deep back leg pockets. They’re sized to fit smartphones and they’re definitely large enough for most phones.

Phone pockets on the back of the leg instead of the front are something that’s unique to the Kühl brand.

I think the idea behind it is to leave the front leg area open and clean looking.

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But I’m not a fan of the back leg phone pockets.

They aren’t zippered, so I worry about my phone falling out.

When my phone is in the pocket, it hits my leg weirdly while I’m walking. Like a brick tapping the back of my thigh.

Also, since the pockets are on the back, I sit on my phone when I sit down, which I don’t like.

Luckily, I use a fanny pack or backpack when hiking, so pockets aren’t deal breakers for me.

I appreciate well designed phone pockets for pants I wear around town, but I prefer putting my phone in my pack when I’m hiking.

Kühl Resistor Air Jogger outdoor pants are stretchy for climbing and cool for hiking
The Kühl Resistor Air Joggers are stretchy and lightweight for hiking and climbing.

Kühl Resistor Air Jogger Review

So far, I’ve worn these outdoor pants on a few hikes, camping trips, and around town.

I absolutely love them for hiking. The material is super thin and allows a lot of airflow while still be protective and durable.

There’s lots of low brush and narrow trail in the area I’ve been hiking in. So far, the joggers haven’t torn and my legs have been protected.

The pocket situation isn’t an issue when I’m hiking because I use a backpack or fanny pack, but it’s a different story for around town.

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I wore the Kühl hiking pants grocery shopping. I usually put my phone in my pocket at stores.

Because of the pocket situation, these pants aren’t great for carrying things like phones.

To be fair, these are joggers, not cargo pants, so no good storage pockets is to be expected.

But I think a zippered front phone pocket would be a simple addition that could make these hiking pants a lot better.

Would I buy the Kühl Resistor Air Jogger pants again?

Yes, I really like the style and the functionality for outdoor use. They keep my legs cool, protected, and fit me really well.

Kühl resistor air jogger pants being worn while camping and hiking
The Kühl Resistor Air Joggers have a short inseam for a high ankle tapered fit.

What I Like

  • Fantastic fit for athletic and thicker built women because of the higher waist in the back.
  • Cool & Airy Material
  • Protects from UV rays.
  • Tapered fit and elastic ankle are great for narrow trails and tick country.
  • Great alternative to shorts for hot weather hiking.
  • Excellent for light packers.

What I Don’t Like

  • No Zippered Pockets
  • The back cell phone pockets are awkward when walking and sitting.
  • Small Front Pockets

Have questions about the Kühl Resistor Air Jogger outdoor pants? Leave a comment below.

by Jenni
Jenni grew up in a small town in Idaho. With a family that loves camping, she has been towing trailers since a very young age.

2 thoughts on “Kühl Resistor Air Jogger Outdoor Pant Hiking Test & Review”

  1. Well done Jenni!

    Have you tried Kuhl’s Konfidant Air pants in comparison?

    They are less stretchy but man, that venting…
    Curious if you have an opinion from comparing those two.

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