I don’t really consider myself a gear review kind of gal, but I am so crazy about this particular pair of pants that I really want to share. There was a recent discussion on Twitter about the need for more selection in women’s technical pants, so this seems like the time to sing praises.
Last June, I went to REI searching for a good pair of technical pants. I needed something great for hiking and climbing both, as I was preparing for a trip to the Black Hills in South Dakota. Not only did the pants need to be comfortable and provide good movement, but the rock there is really abrasive, so they needed to be tough, too.
I tried on several pairs of pants and when nothing fit me quite right, I gave up. Too short, too tight in the rear, too loose in the waist, too ugly, too… whatever. The sales woman refused to let me quit, went on a search, and came up with this pair of Mountain Hardwear pants. It was love at first try-on.
I am nearly six feet tall. Men’s pants don’t work for me because I’m shaped like a girl. Finding pants is frustrating at best, mostly because many manufacturers don’t provide a choice of inseam length. But these? They were labeled “long,” and are actually long enough for me. They fit my butt and waist perfectly, are super comfy, and are nice and stretchy for climbs
I was sold. I bought the pants and left happy, something that rarely happens.
In the past 9 months, these pants have been everywhere with me.
– 3 day hiking/camping/climbing trip in the Black Hills
– 10 day hiking/camping trip out west, to Wyoming and Montana
– Ice climbing
– Snow shoveling
– Snow tubing
I’ve worn them in temps from 85F to -20F. With a pair or two of long undies underneath, they still fit great and are comfortable. Snow doesn’t phase them, it just rolls right off. I’ve worn these pants 4 days in a row without washing and they don’t get stinky. Great for hiking, comfortable for multi-pitch climbing. Don’t let the drawstring fool you, the closure is actually some flat snaps and those keep the pants in the right place.
Pockets are on the leg, out of the way of a harness, and I have the convertible pant, which zips off into shorts. The waist is flat and has a lining on the inside which is comfortable under a harness.
I love these pants. Thank you, Mountain Hardwear, for realizing that women are not one size fits all. I will be a returning customer!