I hate the way these excess thingies on such pants, get caught on drawer knobs in the kitchen or get caught on branches and stuff while you're forging through heavy vegetation. I mostly cut that superfluous stuff off if I can. Besides, when we're out hiking, making rapid elevation changes, I don't need that extra stuff. Too much stuff being toted around, doesn't make sense to me. I'd rather have a fighting chance with a boar hog or wild bear - IMO part of why they seem so quick is, they don't carry all this garbage. I think long pants gives a fellow a false sense of security about ticks. Best advice? Let your neighbors hunt the whitetail deer down to nothing - ticks seem to disappear then.