This is a gear review about the Kuhl Deceptr Pants in 2022.
The Kuhl Deceptr are lightweight hiking pants made with a unique stretchy material that is comfortable, durable and with good weather resistance. After wearing these hiking pants for a couple of weeks here is my review.
Kuhl Deceptr Pants Men’s
Weight: 11oz / 312 grams
Weather Resistant: Yes with DWR
> Very Stretchy
> Good water resistance
> The first impression is the pants have a rough feel, but over time they feel much better
The first thing I noticed about the Kuhl Deceptr men’s pants was the unique material. It was lightweight and rather rough to the touch. Initially I didn’t like the feel and thought these men’s pants would not be very comfortable for hiking and backpacking. After a few hours of hiking all those thoughts disappeared. These pants are comfortable, super breathable and very lightweight. And I think they look rather stylish.
Comfort and Design
Let’s take a look at the fit, fabric, stretch, colors and sizes of the Kuhl Deceptr pants.
The Kuhl Deceptr are true to size and have an athletic tapered fit. The new updated pants are a little more generous and have more room than the previous model. They have also upgraded button on the top of the crotch on the new version.
The Kuhl Deceptr use a fabric blend of Toughlite with 76% Nylon, 9% Polyester, 15% Spandex. The material is rated to UPF 50+ which is similar to all other hiking pants at the moment. And combined with the breathability these pants will do well when the temps get a little warmer.
The inner fabric of the waist has a super soft grippy fabric that helps the pants from falling down and adds a level of comfort. But the rest of the inner and outer material is made from an abrasive feeling nylon blend. This is rough to the touch and when I first tried them on I thought they would not be comfortable to wear on a multi day hike. But I was wrong. Over time I grew to love how these pants felt. However, I suspect that not everyone will like the feel of these pants as much as I do.
Colors and Sizes
The Kuhl Deceptr pants come in a choice of four colors (see image below), 11 waist sizes and 3 inseam lengths. They are a slim fit but the updated version has a little more room than previous version. I tried the Carbon Color in this review. They comes in sizes ranging from 28 inch waist to 42 inch waist. The choice of leg inseam lengths are from 30 to 34.
There is sufficient room in the crotch thanks to the gusseted crotch design. The articulated legs allow lots of movement when walking or bending. But it is the four way stretch in these pants that is impressive. These have significantly more stretch than other hiking pants. It almost feels like they have more stretch than a pair of lycra tights.
The Kuhl Decpetr has multiple pockets. There are 2 hand pockets with a small coin pocket built into the right pocket that have enough room to keep hands warm on a cold day. The pockets are free floating and not stitched onto the leg fabric. This ensures there is a lot of room and movement for your hands. If you are mountain biking or bikepacking these pockets will sag and move around if you use them to carry anything when cycling. During testing I not only when hiking but also mountain biking with these pants
There is also a phone pocket that fit my large screen iPhone (small phone pictured above) and should fit most size smartphones without any issues. The phone felt secure while inside the phone pocket and was easy enough to access.
There are two standard sized rear pockets with the newly updated Deceptr Pants have a hidden zippered security pocket on the right hand side.
Belt and Belt Loops
The Kuhl Deceptr does not come with a belt. It does come with belt loops that are oversized but there is no belt supplied with the pants.
Weather Resistance and Breathability
The Kuhl Deceptr are a mid to lightweight hiking pant that has above average breathability. But the breathability also comes with above average weather resistance. During testing I poured a whole bottle of water over the pants to test the DWR and weave of the pants. No water penetrated the pants and the DWR ensured that all the water did not penetrate the pants.
With the material being lightweight it also meant that these are not the warmest pants. They offer OK wind resistance but if the weather turns very cold and windy you will need to add a set of base layer pants underneath. And if you need you could also add a pair of lightweight rain pants over the top of these pants. This combination would be well suited for very cold and windy conditions.
At less than $100 the pants are reasonably priced for a durable pair of pants that will last a very long time.
Kuhl Deceptr vs The Rest
How do the Kuhl Deceptr pants compare to other Kuhl hiking pants on the market?
I like the Kuhl Deceptr hiking pants. I think they are best suited to hikers and backpackers who want a lightweight pair of hiking pants that can also be worn around town. This would make them the perfect pair of travel pants. If you were heading off on The Camino in Spain or on a combined hiking and traveling trip in Patagonia or Peru then look no further. The stylish looks combined with breathability and weather resistance make them a winner.
The style and look of these pants would work just as well on a Friday night at the bar as they would in the backcountry. Overall, I like these pants.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Kuhl Deceptr pants are a lightweight weather resistant hiking pant that is very breathable and comfortable. They are also stylish and would be suitable for hiking, travel or walking around in town.
The Kuhl Deceptr hiking pants are true to size but come in a tapered fit which is similar to an athletic fit. They are also very stretchy and comfortable.