HIKERS® Comfort Guide

  • HOW DO I FIND MY HIKERS® SIZE?
  • WILL HIKERS® GIVE ME A WEDGIE?
  • Are HIKERS® Comfortable?
  • WILL HIKERS® TEAR MY BELT LOOPS?
  • HOW DO YOU GO TO THE BATHROOM WITH HIKERS®?
  • WHAT MATERIALS ARE HIKERS® MADE WITH?
  • CAN I WEAR HIKERS® WITH SNAPS, slide closures, OR ELASTIC WAISTBANDS?
  • WHY NOT WEAR A BELT?
  • HOW ARE HIKERS® DIFFERENT FROM TRADITIONAL SUSPENDERS?
  • ARE HIKERS® MADE IN THE USA?
  • WHY DO THEY COST MORE THAN SOME BELTS OR TRADITIONAL SUSPENDERS?
  • DO YOU HAVE A MONEY-BACK GUARANTEE?
  • I WANT TO SEND A GIFT. DO YOU SELL GIFT CARDS?
  • DO YOU OFFER A MILITARY DISCOUNT?

how do i find my hikers® size

How Should HIKERS® Fit

HIKERS® hold your pants in place with very slight tension distributed evenly over your shoulders. Keep in mind, it takes much less force to pull pants up than it does to cinch them on. You won't need to stretch them much more than a few inches to button them to your fly button.

When HIKERS® fit just right, they should feel similar to wearing overalls.

Adjust for Comfort

HIKERS® are adjustable much like a belt. That is, you start by purchasing the correct length, and adjust within a limited range to accommodate your daily needs, which might be affected by dinner last night or by how much you load up your pockets.

HIKERS® are best fitted so that the largest adjustment is your starting size. Then you'll have two notches to tighten down from there.

How to Measure

For the perfect HIKERS® fit, simply measure over your shoulder from your center rear belt loop to your button fly.

After you know your measurement, use our size chart below to find your HIKERS® size. If you measure between sizes, order the larger size.

WHAT IF I GET THE WRONG SIZE?

When you first get your HIKERS®, we encourage you to try them on over your clothes. Adjust the rear strap if you need to tighten them. We recommend starting on the loosest setting (which is the stated size). That way you'll have room to tighten up as needed for varied pant styles and weighted pockets, as well as when and if the elastic straps stretch a bit over time.

Size exchanges are free and easy within 30 days of your purchase. Use our online Returns & Exchanges tool.

If you immediately tighten your HIKERS® down to the shortest setting, we recommend exchanging them for 2 sizes smaller than what you currently have. That's because each adjustment on the strap is equivalent to one HIKERS® size. For instance, if you order an XL pair, your HIKERS® will come adjusted to the stated size (XL), and the strap will have size adjustments for XL - Large - Medium.

HIKERS button fly suspenders how to measure for the perfect fit
HIKERS® Suspenders Size Your Length in Inches / cm
XS 41" / 105 cm
S 43" / 110 cm
M 45" / 115 cm
L 47" / 120 cm
XL 49" / 125 cm
2X 51" / 130 cm
3X 53" / 135 cm
4X 55" / 140 cm

WILL HIKERS® GIVE ME A WEDGIE?

Nope, wedgies don't happen when you order them in your size. It takes much less force to pull pants up than to cinch them on. Wedgies don’t happen with HIKERS® for two reasons: 1. Your stomach stops HIKERS® from inching up, and 2. HIKERS® come in your size and are adjustable, so the upward tug is Goldilocks perfect.

ARE HIKERS® COMFORTABLE?

Absolutely! How often do you loosen your belt or unbutton your pants? Are you eager to get home at night and change into something more comfortable? When you’re wearing HIKERS®, your pants can be a little looser because tightness is no longer a factor in keeping them from slipping down. See for yourself: just read a few of our verified Customer Reviews and then try a pair for yourself.

WILL HIKERS® TEAR MY BELT LOOPS?

Nope, it doesn't happen. Considering the construction of HIKERS®, the stretch of the straps, and the fact that the weight is distributed evenly across your fly button and your rear belt loop, it's not a likely issue. Given the average weight of your pants (even loaded with your phone, keys, and wallet), there's less than a pound of force on your rear belt loop (and there's two sewn seams keeping that loop on tight).

More importantly, we tested these for a full year before launching and have now sold nearly 100,000 pairs. We can confidently say that belt loops aren't failing with HIKERS®.

HOW DO I GO TO THE BATHROOM WITH HIKERS®?

Heading to the john could not be easier. HIKERS® stay in place under your shirt so there’s no need to disrobe. Simply unhook and go about your business. About as quick as a belt and much faster than traditional suspenders.

Standing to pee with HIKERS® is easy. Most guys don't unfasten them. Just unbutton your pants and let HIKERS® hold up your pants while you do your business. When you need to sit, you can leave your shirt on and try a couple of different options:

  • Unfasten the back hook only. HIKERS® will slide forward as you sit down. When you stand up, reach up your back to pull the hook down and refasten. If the hook climbs up your back a little bit while you're sitting and becomes hard to reach, you can try a couple of things to slide it back down to where you can grab it. You can push up on the triangular patch in the front of your HIKERS®, or you can grab the straps near your shoulders to slide them back into position so you can easily reach your hook.
  • Unfasten them from your front button, and then unhook the back but, before releasing the hook, pull it down until the front triangular patch slides up toward your neck. After taking care of business, rehook the back first, and then reach up and pull down the front tab to refasten at your fly button. (Thanks to Mike H. for this recommendation!)

WHAT MATERIALS ARE HIKERS® MADE WITH?

HIKERS® are made from polyester, latex silk, rubber, and nylon. The shoulder straps are elastic and the rear and buttonhole straps are made with a super-thin, ultra-tough, military-grade rubber known as Hypalon.

CAN I WEAR HIKERS® WITH SNAPS, slide-closures, OR ELASTIC WAISTBANDS?

HIKERS® button fly suspenders require a front button on your pants or shorts and rear belt loops. Snap or slide closures won't work with HIKERS® at this time.

WHY NOT WEAR A BELT?

If you're asking this question, you probably don't know how hard it is for some of us to keep our pants up. Whether it's noassatall syndrome or a belly pushing down your belt, for some of us belts simply don't work. And don't even get us started on how unhealthy it is to cinch your belt like a tourniquet around your vital organs all day long!

Read more about the Top 5 Reasons People Wear HIKERS.

HOW ARE HIKERS® DIFFERENT FROM TRADITIONAL SUSPENDERS?

Traditional suspenders are one-size-fits-all and made to be worn over a tucked-in shirt. To account for every size, they use bulky hardware and extra material to make them adjustable. The clip-on kind has a tendency to pop off, and the button-on variety requires you to sew buttons onto your pants. Who has time for that?

HIKERS® satisfy guys whose belts no longer work, and who despise traditional suspenders. HIKERS® are hidden and ultra-flat. They’re made for UNTUCKED shirts. They are super-comfortable. The fasteners don't come undone unintentionally. They're airport friendly. They're quick on and off and easy in the bathroom.

HIKERS® are innovative button fly suspenders made to be worn under an UNTUCKED shirt. With just two attachment points, your fly button* and your rear belt loop, and the ultra-flat design, HIKERS® stay concealed under your shirt so you can stay untucked. They're also super-comfortable, and the fasteners don't come undone unintentionally. Plus, unlike traditional suspenders, they are airport friendly, quick on and off, and easy in the bathroom.

HIKERS® are the blue jeans of suspenders, made for casual people who want to look good and be comfortable. Try a pair.

ARE HIKERS® MADE IN THE USA?

We're proud to say that HIKERS® are manufactured in the USA. HIKERS® is an international product and are exported all over the world. So, we can't guarantee we'll never manufacture them in multiple countries. But we will always try to keep our US factories running.

Why do they cost more than some belts & traditional suspenders?

HIKERS® are made with quality fabrics and sewn in the USA. That's what they cost, and no, we're not making a huge profit. Some consumers are used to Amazon/Walmart/Made in China pricing. We pay a living wage and we stand by the quality of our products.

DO YOU HAVE A MONEY-BACK GUARANTEE?

We stand behind our products. If for any reason you’re not satisfied with your purchase, you may return it free of charge within 100 days. We’ll always make it right: whether that's a full refund, replacement, or an exchange.

I WANT TO SEND A GIFT. DO YOU SELL GIFT CARDS?

Of course! Everyone knows someone who could use a little lift. That's why we make it easy to send the gift of HIKERS® to your friends in need.

If you're struggling to estimate the right size or just don't want to be insulting (let's face it, it can be tricky), we offer customizable HIKERS® Gift Cards. Choose your HIKERS gift certificate value, your recipient, and when you want them to receive the email, and we'll take care of the rest.

Your gift recipient will be notified on the day you choose, and we'll make sure they have all the information they need at their fingertips to measure and choose the size they need. 

DO YOU OFFER A MILITARY DISCOUNT?

Absolutely! We offer an 18% discount on everything in our online store to public servants, veterans, and active-duty military personnel. Simply use GovX to generate your discount code, and don't forget to enter it into the discount code field during checkout. Get your Military Discount Code here.

Is THERE A TRICK TO SLIDING THE HOOK ON AND OFF?

The easiest way to quickly get it on and off is to pull your belt loop away from your body with your other hand. This creates a little tension on the loop, and the hook slides right off. With a little practice, it becomes second nature. 

What's the best way to put on my HIKERS®?

There are lots of ways to put on your HIKERS®. Here's our staff favorite.

Throw your HIKERS® over your shoulders by grabbing each end with the logo facing up, and pulling them over your head. Test that the straps are lying flat by tugging back and forth. Secure the front on your pants front button first and then fasten your fly—that way your pants stay up for final assembly. Then reach around and secure the back side to your belt loop. We find that doing it the same way every day increases your chance of success and makes it easier over time as well.

How do I untangle them if my HIKERS® get twisted?

Do you find your HIKERS® are tangled some mornings? Here's the quick trick for straightening out your HIKERS®. Stretch out your HIKERS® and notice which end has the "open hands". Drop the strap from that same end into the open hands and straighten them out. You may need to do this twice on rare occasions, perhaps after a particularly rough night.

Are HIKERS® machine washable?

Active guys may need to wash their HIKERS® frequently. Our staff tends to launder HIKERS® every month or so, on average.

Remove the rear hook first so that it doesn't make a racket in your washing machine. You can toss them in the dryer, but HIKERS® won't last as long if you do. For longevity, air dry your HIKERS®. When you're traveling and laundry isn't as accessible, set your HIKERS® out in the sun and let the UV rays deodorize them naturally. Have a beer while you wait.

I lost my rear hook. Now what?

Sorry to hear that happened. 9 times out of ten, your hook probably worked itself loose from the strap due to excessive friction, a fluke accident, or not being threaded properly. Or maybe it went missing in the laundry with your lost socks. 

HIKERS® hook packs are available to purchase if you'd like to have some extras on hand, but if you lost yours and just want a replacement, we'd be happy to send you a free hook. Please contact support@hikersco.com, and we'll send you a freebie.

How do I adjust my HIKERS®?

To adjust your HIKERS, just rethread the rear hook to a tighter setting. If your HIKERS® are too small, visit Returns & Exchanges to start a size exchange.

HIKERS button fly suspenders hook is easy to rethread - Step 1

1.With the HIKERS® logo facing you, thread the strap into the first slot from the top, under the first bar, and back up through the second slot.

HIKERS button fly suspenders hook is easy to rethread - Step 2

2.Pull it through and thread it back down into the final slot, seating the strap's size hole onto the center post. Give the strap a good tug.

HIKERS button fly suspenders hook is easy to rethread - Step 3

3.If you're using a second or third size hole, you can then thread the remainder of the strap up the back of the hook, under the top bar.

Still Have questions or need some help?

Send an email to our Customer Support team, and they'll get back to you right away. 

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