This is the Travel Take, where Matador’s writers and editors make the case for their favorite travel hacks, tips, and personal tics.
We get it. Stretchy leggings are just so comfortable. And they’re kind of sexy. And they go so well with a brightly colored top, which definitely looks better on the ‘gram. So why would you wear anything else if you go hiking? For one, you should not go hiking for the photos. Pictures are just a nice byproduct of the experience itself. Second, those bright printed leggings with sheer detailing on the side are simply the wrong choice for treks of any significant length. And it’s not about us policing what women can and can’t wear or what looks more legit — it’s about the hard fact that leggings were simply not built for the outdoors. Here’s why and what you should wear instead.