@REI-JohnJ Thanks John.  I was actually looking at the Gear Aid Tape today as a possible solution for my pants and gregory backpack that is starting to wear out at the bottom.

I was looking at some other pants, specifically another fjallraven pant that has the beefier protection on the knees and instep that are trekking/mountaineering/ski touring type pants.  My biggest apprehension was they would get really hot during more summertime backpacking but may give a shot and see how they are.

Thanks again for the help.