Gear Review: My Ground Zero Red trekking pants, flying colors in the test of time

It was a gift by my high school friend Lorena, before my first Mt. Apo trip. I remember that we bought it in a sporting goods shop in Robinsons Manila. The cost was around 900 pesos. That was way back in 2005! Yet I kept using it, and somehow, it kept working.
I like the thick but lightweight garment which works perfectly well in our tropical conditions, able to withstand thorns, sharp rocks, and many other “friends” in the jungles. The fit is also nice, it hugs my legs and feet well enough — unlike later models which seem to more on the loose side.
As for the durability, let the pictures speak for themselves: I have used this trekking pants for Mantalingajan, Kanlaon, Guiting-Guiting, Dulang-Dulang, Kitanglad, Apo, Sicapoo, Kinabalu, Iglit, and so many others. Six years has passed since I started using it, and it will likely continue to appear in my blog posts well into the future.

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4 Comments on "Gear Review: My Ground Zero Red trekking pants, flying colors in the test of time"

13 years 1 month ago

Trekking does not mean mountain climbing. While the ascent of a Himalayan peak may be an attraction for some, you need not have such a goal to enjoy a trek. As far as most people are concerned, trekking always refers to walking on trails.

A trek is physically demanding because of its length and the changes in elevation. On most treks, the daily gain is less than 800 meters in about 15 km, though ascents of as much as 1,200 meters are possible on some days. You can always take plenty of time during the day to cover this distance, so the physical exertion, though quite strenuous at times, is not sustained. You also can stop frequently and take plenty of time for rest.

Trekking in Nepal will take you through a country that has captured the imagination of mountaineers and explorers for more than 100 years. You will meet people in remote mountain villages whose lifestyle has not changed in generations. Most people trust foreigners.

While trekking you will see the great diversity of Nepal. Villages embrace many ethnic groups and cultures. From the start, the towering peaks of the Himalaya provide one of the highlights of a trek.

During a trek, the Himalaya disappear behind Nepal's continual hills, but dominates the northern skyline at each pass. Annapurna, Manaslu, Langtang, Gauri Shankar and Everest will become familiar names. Finally, after weeks of walking, you will arrive at the foot of the mountains themselves, astonishing heights dwarfed by their surroundings.


The Himalaya, the "abode of snows", extends from Assam in eastern India west to Afghanistan. It is a chain of the highest and youngest mountains on earth and it encompasses a region of deep religious and cultural traditions and an amazing diversity of people. A trek in Nepal is a special and rewarding mountain holiday

13 years 3 months ago

where to buy that groundzero in manila? ty

13 years 3 months ago

Nepal is the ultimate destination for you, if you have hunger for a thrilling experience of trekking around the breath taking mountain range, beautiful villages, monasteries, flora and fauna.

While Trekking in Nepal, You will be walking through the picturesque villages inhabited by diverse ethnic groups, pristine forests of Juniper and Rhododendron, and accompanying you throughout will be the icy pinnacles of the Himalayas.

There are two different ways to operate the Trekking in Nepal, one is “Camping trek” and the other one is “Tea House Trek”. The Camping trek is operated to those areas where there are no lodges and restaurants, so it is obvious to go with all necessary gears/equipments and all necessary staffs such as Guide, Assistance Guide, Cook, Kitchen assistance & Porters. We will be spending over night into tent and the cook will prepare delicious food on time.

The tea house trek will be operated to those destinations where we can find the tea houses along the trekking rout. It seems the tea house trekking is more luxury and easy.

Everest region, Annapurna region & Langtang region are most popular “Tea House Trekking” regions. Camping trekking can be operated anywhere in Nepal where ever you are interested, we have some camping trekking areas which are already opened for trekking such as Ganesh Himal, Manasalu, Panch Pokhari, Rolwaling, Makalu, Kanchanjanga, Gorkha Trek, Ganga Jamuna, Mustang, Dolpa etc.

13 years 3 months ago

I love me some Ground Zeros as well but there always seem to be some shortage of 'em insofar as the trek pants are concerned. Not sure if it's just a high demand for 'em that makes it hard for retailers to keep them in-stock. I was looking for another pair and really had trouble finding a retailer that still had the GZ trek pants. Do you know if they have a website or if there's a way to contact the manufacturer directly? Trying to find the pants can be a pretty had chore especially for those of us in the South.