The Prana Brion Pant is almost the best all-around pant for the adventurous man.
They are extremely comfortable, highly durable, and feature a simple, crossover design that makes them super versatile. These will look and feel perfect climbing at the local crag and still be stylish back at the pub you hit up afterward.
These are solid pants that deserve their place amongst the best of the best. Due to their versatility, I have owned a few pairs of these in multiple colors. Admittedly though, I don’t wear these as much for adventures as I do for casual outings due to their biggest downfall for me: breathability. Keep in mind, I live in the desert, so heat is kind of inevitable. More on that below.
Pros: Super Comfortable, extremely versatile & durable. Great Style & Fit
Cons: Do not breathe well. Not Great for warm weather.
(I am 5’8″ and 160lbs wearing a 30″ Waist with a 30″ Inseam). I’m a sucker for a sale, so I would recommend keeping an eye on these at Backcountry.com. They go on sale all the time. If you’re more of an Amazon shopper, you’re in luck because they do sell them.
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Comfort & Mobility
Arguably the most comfortable outdoor pant on the market. The Brion is made from a comfortable and durable stretch fabric blend (97% nylon, 3% spandex), but it wears and feels like cotton. The stretch allows you to move freely without any constriction or pinch points.
As with most pants, these will loosen up as you wear them, especially on multiday trips when some sweating or any moisture is in play. The waist will hold, but the legs will flare out. This could be great for larger individuals, but for someone with a slimmer frame, it may feel like you are swimming a bit.
This is the only major downside to these pants, and for someone who runs hot like me, almost a dealbreaker. They lack ventilation features that other outdoor pants have such as venting or roll-up cuff snaps. The fabric itself is a bit heavier and tends to trap the heat making the Prana Brion a great pant for cooler weather, but not so good for warm weather adventures.
From everyday casual wear to the office, these pants will fit right in. I have worn these in a professional setting for years and didn’t look out of place at all. This is the strongest asset to these – wherever you go, they will blend in and perform well (unless it’s really hot). With the simple cuts, slimmer fit, and minimal pockets, the Prana Brion is one of the most versatile pants for the outdoor enthusiast who has an affinity for post-adventure beers at the local brewery.
The Prana Brion are finished with a durable water repellent (DWR) coating which is meant to help shed water droplets before they soak into the fabric. I found that this coating does a fantastic job at minimal sprays or drops when the pants are new. After a few washes, the coating starts to break down, but even after a couple of years, these pants retain a bit of DWR protection. However, it’s important to reiterate that I am speaking about light mists and minimal water. These pants will wet out and become quite heavy with any decent amount of water, so these are not the best in rainy conditions.
Features of The Prana Brion Pant
The Prana Brion is as basic as it gets when it comes to features. Aside from the gusseted crotch, belt waist loops, and 5 pockets, these are a simple design. I believe this was very intentional in order to appeal to a wider demographic.
The Brion finds itself in the middle of the market with its price point. They are not necessarily cheap, but hefty enough to make your wallet a bit lighter than you would like. You can keep your peace of mind knowing that these pants do last a very long time. Some of mine are over 6 years old and look brand new (including these used in the photos).
Prana Brion Pant Conclusion
I love these pants, but I am not in love with them. WTF does that mean? They tick almost all of my important boxes (Fit, Versatility, Style, Value, Comfort), but with the poor ventilation and breathability, they don’t take the cake for me. If Prana incorporated some breathing ports or a cuff system to let some airflow around the ankles, these would get closer to the adventure clothing checklist, but for now, they stay in my Let’s-Get-Some-After-Trail-Beers while rocking my Brions!