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Gnara Go There Pants Review

We nod to Gnara Go There™ Pants for what might be one of the best innovations in contemporary hiking legwear, the GoFly™ zipper technology. This allows wearers with female genitalia to pee without taking their pants off. We tested them on a backpacking trip in the temperate rain forests of Olympic National Park.

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  • Price: $168
  • Weight: 16.0 oz
  • Material: 93% Nylon, 7% Spandex
  • Pockets: 2 zippered hand, 2 envelope back, 1 zippered thigh
  • Sustainability: Packaging only
  • Avg Review Score at Gnara: 4.8/5 Stars
  • Fit: Fitted, high-rise
  • Pros: Pee without taking pants off. Stretchy. Flattering. Good pockets. Very durable.
  • Cons: Heavier and warmer than average hiking pants. Very expensive.

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Gnara Go There Pants Features

The GoFly™ zipper technology is the primary reason to buy a pair of Gnara Go There pants. That’s because they have a hidden secondary zipper that runs from the bottom of the traditional fly all the way around and up to bottom of the rear waistband. By unzipping and pulling underwear aside, hikers with female anatomy can finally pee without taking their pants off.

Functionally, it is more efficient than pulling your pants down, especially helpful when wearing a harness. And it adds a major degree of privacy for peeing off to the side of a busy trail. Lastly, it is also good in high mosquito season when pulling down ones pants exposes lots of skin to biting pests. We noticed that Gnara is licensing this proprietary tech, and we hope more brands adopt it!

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Beyond the GoFly, there’s plenty more to like about these pants. The fabric is very durable and solid feeling. It is also very stretchy. And the pants have five very functional pockets, including slash cut hand pockets with zippers, and a side thigh pocket that fits a phone. Two envelope closure rear hand pockets finish off the external storage suite.

On pure functionality, we find that protruding cargo pockets are more effective than zippered access interior pockets. But on the whole, these have a great overall pocket set so we’re willing to go along with it.

Gnara Go There Pants

Areas For Improvement

Aside from the price tag, our only knock again the Gnara Go There pants is that the soft shell fabric is objectively heavyweight compared to the hiking pants category on the whole. Our sample was a women’s 4 and weighed just over one pound. We acknowledge that some of that weight comes from additional zipper material. Nonetheless, they are more than twice as heavy as the REI Trailmade Pants, which weigh 7.8 oz.

While they probably aren’t twice as warm, there’s no denying that they’re thicker, denser, and retain more heat.  Functionally, they are closer to lightweight mountaineering pants than 3-season hiking pants. In fall, winter, and spring, this is quite welcome. But our recommendation for Gnara Go There pants in contingent on hiking in cold, cool, or moderate temps. We wouldn’t recommend them for true summer conditions. Arbitrarily, we’d say wear something else if it’s warmer than room temperature.

Gnara Go There Pants Review Verdict

At baseline, these are some really high quality hiking pants with large, functional pockets. The GoFly Zipper Technology really makes them shine, allowing wearers to pee without pulling them down. The biggest downsides are the expensive price tag and the fact that they’re heavy, and a bit too warm for summer hiking.

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