Can anyone recommend fabrics, or brands and styles of outdoor wear, that are suited for desert use -- i.e., that will at least somewhat deflect thorns and spines?
I hiked Ernst Basin (nearly) to the Telephone Canyon Trail at the end of January. The route passes through thorny vegetation that gets denser the further you go. My lightweight hiking pants emerged none the better, and by the end of the Rancherias Loop a few days later I was wearing ribbons.
Is there anything out there that is desert-durable (and ideally, light, comfortable and cool?) I've read, for example, that Supplex or Cordura is sturdier -- has anyone had experience with these fabrics?
(How about plain old denim?)