After completing the Samaria Gorge hike, I noticed an approximately 8 cm tear in the rear of my Kuhl Kontra Air pants (the only pair I had). This was not part of the plan.

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Other than the whole not-lasting-more-than-eighteen-days thing, I really liked the pants. They were well ventilated, comfortable in hot weather, and quick drying. In any case, I considered sewing a patch, but the buttock area is prone to strain, and I did not think such a solution would hold for very long.

So I found myself in the market for another pair of pants. I figured there had to be a hiking store somewhere in Athens, but I could not find one in any of the touristy areas. I went to the tourist information center near the Acropolis and asked the people there what to do (they had helped me before when I was looking for cheap food, which led me to a great souvlaki place at Monastiraki).

They found a place for me to go (Dimitriadis) and even called them to get directions by public transportation. When I got there, there was very little that was my size (long inseam but relatively small waist). I finally found a pair of lightweight hiking pants made by Fjallraven which had the right waist size. Their pants have an extra long inseam, and you have to hem them yourself (they provide thread in the correct color). Which I then proceeded to do. Eyeballing the hem lengths, since I had no measuring or marking devices. Using extra needles in the place of pins and nail clippers for scissors.

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The pants were slightly expensive, but they are comfortable and even have a fold-up inside pocket which can serve in place of a money belt. Who could ask for anything more?

By Ross in Travel on Thu 26 June 2014. Tags: travel


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