Updated April 2017
It's time to gear up for a summer full of mountain adventure, and our review, updated in April of 2017, has all the information you need to choose the best pants for your objectives. Our Editors' Choice winner maintained its top status in this update, and we've included information on minor design changes and expanded color options. We also added comparison charts in key test metrics to help quickly decifer which models perform in areas of most importance to you.
Best Overall Women's Hiking Pants
Marmot Lobo's Convertible Pant - Women's
For the second year running, the Women's Marmot Lobo's Convertible Pant
stood out as the best pair in our review. Comfortable, breathable, and water resistant, they are the full package. A feminine fit and colorful details add style, and the stretchy material moves with you. They dry fast, which is key on long backpacking trips, and they convert easily to Bermuda-length shorts. For both day hikes with a solid weather forecast and long trips in variable conditions, they're a go-to, since you don't have to carry a separate pair of shorts. The mid-rise waist with a fleece-lined band rides comfortably under a backpack's hipbelt. This pair is functional, versatile, and can be used for a variety of applications, from water sports to travel.
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Best Bang for the Buck
Columbia Saturday Trail Stretch - Women's
New Product Update, April 2017
The Women's Columbia Saturday is now available in a convertible version, the Columbia Saturday II. The major design and fabric features are all the same, but the Saturday IIs feature zip off legs, which convert to shorts with a 10-inch inseam. If you love this design but would rather a zip off to a roll up cuff, this is the model for you This version also comes in more color options.
The Women's Columbia Saturday Trail Stretch
combine affordability with high performance. Our experts loved their comfortable material and flattering, tapered fit, as well as their articulated knees, which gave good mobility. These pants are breathable and will resist a light rain. They are UPF 50+ rated, and they roll up and secure to a crop length. The sizing tends to run small, so you'll want to size up. Best of all, they cost $20-30 less than other pairs in this review.
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Top Pick for Mobility
Prana Halle - Women's
New Product Update, April 2017
The Prana Halle is now available in a convertible version, the Prana Halle Convertible - Women's, so if you love this design but would rather a zip off to a roll up cuff, this is a good option for you.
While zip-off pants are more versatile, the pesky leg zipper can impede mobility and feel uncomfortable. Enter the Women's Prana Halle
. Our Top Pick for Mobility matches your every move, no matter the terrain or sport. Designed with climbers in mind, they climb and hike well, and they are stylish enough for casual wear. The relaxed fit and articulated knees allow for aerobic movement, and the mid-rise waistline relieves worry of revealing your backside when bending over or climbing. They are breathable, and the option to roll them up and secure the leg helps on warmer days.
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