Top 10 Best Women’s Hiking Pants Of 2022

In Gear, Hiking Apparel, Top Gear Picks by Hikers Movement

A great pair of hiking pants can bring your hiking experience to a new level. With so many options for women’s hiking pants on the market, the perfect pair can be all too elusive.

That’s why we’ve assembled what we believe to be the top 10 women’s hiking pants, taking into account durability, weather resistance, comfort and fit, breathability, storage and aesthetics. The list is in no particular order and features a variety of quality hiking pants at diverse price points.

The top 10 best women’s hiking pants are:

  1. prAna Halle Pants ll
  2. KÜHL Trekr Pant
  3. Eddie Bauer ClimaTrail Zip-Off Pant
  4. The North Face Aphrodite 2.0
  5. Outdoor Research Ferrosi Pant
  6. Arc’teryx Gamma LT Pants
  7. REI Co-op Sahara Convertible
  8. Fjallraven Abisko Trekking Tight
  9. Eddie Bauer Trail Adventure High-Rise 7/8 Leggings
  10. KÜHL Freeflex Roll-Up Pant

In this article, we’ll discuss each of these pairs to better understand why they rank at the top for women’s hiking pants.


prAna Halle Pants ll

Fit: Regular
Fabric: 95% recycled nylon and 5% elastane
Water-resistant: Yes
Best use: Rock climbing, hiking and everyday wear

The prAna Halle Pants ll (link to check the price at REI) are versatile pants that look and feel great both on and off the trails. It’s built with articulated knees and elastane to provide enhanced mobility and make them comfortable enough for long-term wear.

With a new environmentally friendly upgrade from the previous model, these pants now feature 95% recycled nylon and still deliver the same quality performance as the original. They also have six pockets; two front, two snap-close rear, one zippered side and a coin pocket.

Additionally, these pants are water-resistant with a DWR finish, have UPF 50+ sun protection and are quick-drying while being breathable and lightweight, making them suitable for various climates and terrains.


KÜHL Trekr Pant

Fit: Regular
Fabric: 57% polyester and 43% nylon
Water-resistant: Yes
Best use: Hiking, camping and everyday wear

The KÜHL Trekr Pant (link to check the price at KÜHL) are incredibly stretchy and comfortable hiking pants that can be worn every day for casual wear, camping, and hiking. These pants come in two styles, straight leg or kapris. If you want the best of both, the straight-leg pants have a cinch on the side to easily convert them into capris allowing for versatility and added ventilation.

The Trekr pants have notable stretch allowing you to move freely and with ease while also having considerable rebound, so they will always keep their shape. Other features to note are that they are mid-rise at the front and high-rise at the back, have an internal drawstring for a customizable fit and have six pockets; two front slash, two rear button snaps and two zippered sides.

While there is no DWR finish, the polyester and nylon fabrics make these pants somewhat water-resistant. When in light rain, water repels off, though, after repeated exposure, they will eventually saturate. But, do not let this deter you! They are quick-drying in case they get soaked and moisture-wicking to help pull moisture away from your skin. If you are looking for versatile hiking pants that are comfortable enough for everyday wear, these are for you!


Eddie Bauer ClimaTrail Zip-Off Pant

Fit: Relaxed
Fabric: 91% polyester and 9% spandex
Water-resistant: Yes
Best use: Hiking and rock climbing

The Eddie Bauer ClimaTrail Zip-Off Pant (link to check the price at Eddie Bauer) are all-year-round pants that can easily be converted to shorts with zip-off legs and have an impressive four-way stretch for enhanced mobility and comfort.

These pants feature five pockets; two front, two rear and one coin pocket. In addition, they have a built-in belt and elastic waistband to create the perfect fit.

The fabric is slightly heavier than other Eddie Bauer hiking pants in order to make them wearable and durable all-year-round. The zip-off legs allow you to turn your pants into shorts on the go to cool off in warmer temperatures. They have UPF 50+ for sun protection and feature a StoremRepel DWR finish to repel water, making them great for various outdoor activities.



The North Face Aphrodite 2.0

Fit: Regular
Fabric: 95% nylon and 5% elastane
Water-resistant: No
Best use:
Hiking, camping and everyday use

The North Face Aphrodite 2.0 (link to check the price at REI) are budget-friendly hiking pants. These pants are great for light outdoor activities, groomed trails, and everyday comfort due to how soft and comfortable they are.

They feature moisture-managing, quick-drying and abrasion-resistant material to help increase their comfort and durability on the trails. However, there is no DWR finish, nor is there sun protection, making these pants not ideal for inclement weather.

There is a drawstring at the waistband and leg openings when you need to adjust the fit. These pants also have three pockets; two front and one zippered at the right pocket. While these may not be the most versatile, they are a good option for people seeking incredibly breathable, lightweight and comfortable pants at a decent price point.


Outdoor Research Ferrosi Pant

Fit: Regular
Fabric: 86% ripstop nylon and 14% spandex
Water-resistant: Yes
Best use: Rock climbing, mountaineering, alpine climbing and hiking

The Outdoor Research Ferrosi Pant (link to check the price at MEC) are tough pants constructed to withstand rock climbing, alpine climates and rugged conditions.

There are the ultimate pants for intense outdoor adventures as they are wind and water-resistant, have UPF 50+ sun protection, are incredibly breathable and have articulated knees for enhanced mobility. Not to mention they are abrasion resistant, making them durable enough for rock climbing and scrambling.

Other notable features are drawcords at the leg openings to create a tapered leg and have five pockets; two front, two rear and one zippered side. These pants are an excellent choice for rugged outdoor adventures that need pants with extra durability without weighing them down.


Arc’teryx Gamma LT Pants

Fit: Slim
Fabric: 88% nylon and 12% elastane
Water-resistant: Yes
Best use: Rock climbing, hiking and backcountry

The Arc’teryx Gamma LT Pants (link to check the price at REI) are a superb option for people seeking out pants that allow for a full range of movement while also being weather-resistant and lightweight.

These soft-shell pants are wind, water and abrasion-resistant, with quick-drying stretch fabrics. Though these pants are form-fitting, they have incredible stretch and mobility. They feature articulated knees, a gusseted crotch, a built-in adjustable waistbelt, drawstrings at the leg openings and three pockets; two zippered fronts and one side.

If you are looking for durable and flexible pants to help you tackle various weather increments, terrains and outdoor activities, these pants are for you!


REI Co-op Sahara Convertible

Fit: Regular
Fabric: 94% nylon and 6% spandex
Water-resistant: Yes
Best use: Hiking, travel and everyday use

The REI Co-op Sahara Convertible (link to check the price at REI) is a terrific option for convertible hiking pants at a reasonable price. While other convertible pants may come at a pretty steep price tag, these do the trick while also being affordable.

These are great for on-the-go versatility as they easily convert into shorts with a zip-off design. They have UPF 50+ sun protection and a DWR finish to repel water.

There are six pockets; two front, two rear and two cargo sides. All the pockets have mesh to add in better breathability and ventilation. Along with that, they have great stretch and a gusseted crotch for extra comfort and mobility.


Fjallraven Abisko Trekking Tight

Fit: Tight
Fabric: 82% nylon and 18% elastane
Water-resistant: No
Best use: Hiking, camping and rock climbing

The Fjallraven Abisko Trekking Tight (link to check the price at MEC) are one of the most durable tights built to withstand rigours adventures. They are built to withstand challenging terrains with reinforcements on the knees and rear to provide added protection and withstand moisture if you are kneeling or sitting.

These pants do not have a DWR finish making them not resistant to water. If it rains, you will get wet. On a positive note, they are moisture-wicking and quick-drying if you get wet. They also have excellent pocket storage with side leg pockets big enough for a phone or map, a zipped waist for smaller items like credit cards and a zippered pocket on the side. Additionally, they are notable breathable, adjustable with an internal drawstring at the waist and provide incredible stretch so you will never feel restricted movements.

These pants are an excellent choice for people who want to upgrade their leggings to a more durable, high functioning pair made with the trails in mind as they have the style and fit of tights, with the resistance quality of hiking pants.


Eddie Bauer Trail Adventure High-Rise 7/8 Leggings

Fit: Tight
Fabric: 88% polyester and 12% spandex
Water-resistant: No
Best use: Hiking, running, and everyday wear

The Eddie Bauer Trail Adventure High-Rise 7/8 Leggings (link to check the price at Eddie Bauer) are excellent outdoor tights with a gusseted inseam to allow for ultimate mobility for all your adventures.

They are lightweight, high-rise and form-fitting with great stretch and no limits on mobility and have a drawcord at the waist to adjust the perfect fit. As for pockets, there are three; two top-entry sides and one zippered side pocket for added security.

While these may not be water-resistant, they do, however, feature moisture-wicking, which helps pants from staying saturated by moving sweat to the pant’s outer layer, then quickly drying. They also have UPF 50+ sun protection and odour control technologies to ensure your pants stay fresh longer.


KÜHL Freeflex  Roll-Up Pant

Fit: Relaxed
Fabric: 50% polyester and 50% stretch polyester
Water-resistant: Yes
Best use: Hiking, camping, and everyday wear

The KÜHL Freeflex Roll-Up Pant (link to check the price at KÜHL) is perfect for people who want hiking pants that are also great for day-to-day wear and feature more pockets than the KÜHL Trekr pants. They are comfortable and flexible enough for casual wear yet durable for the trails and outdoor activities. Just like the Trekr pants, they not only have impeccable stretch, but they also have great rebound to maintain their shape over time.

The Freeflex Roll-Up pants feature a lightweight fabric with a DWR finish to repel rain and are moisture-wicking and quick-drying to keep you cool and dry all day long. Additionally, they provide sun protection with UPF 50+. They have great storage with eight pockets; two front, two rear, two security within the rear pockets, and two cargo sides.

As their name suggests, these pants can be rolled up into capris and secured with a snap, which is great for changing terrains and weather, ventilation and a versatile aesthetic.