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Best Walking Trousers for Women in 2024

With unique body mapped constructions, impressive technical features and variety of different colours and sizes - here's our round-up of some of the best walking trousers for women on the market right now

A good pair of walking trousers will be able to stand up to constant abrasion, changes in conditions and they’ll also provide conveniences like storage for things like your phone, compass and map. But there’s no point in having a high performance pair that tick all of these boxes if they’re not going to feel comfortable to walk in. And that’s why we’ve put together this test of the best women’s walking trousers; we want to highlight the products where the fit – or the cut – haven’t been neglected and aren’t the result of that old-fashioned ‘shrink it and pink it’ approach.

Take the Fjällräven Kaipak Curved trousers, for example. They are specifically built to accommodate a more curvaceous body type, including features like an accentuated waistband, a body mapped construction and stretch panels for freedom of movement.

Many outdoor brands, such as Halti and Sasta, now include plus size options to accommodate a wider range of builds too. Though a long time coming, it’s refreshing to see these companies leading the way, with hopefully more to come across the industry.

Related: Why Should Plus Size Women Have To Shrink Themselves To Access Good Quality Kit?

Aside from the fit and cut, when choosing a pair of women’s walking pants it’s worth considering the types of fabrics used and the thickness of them. Softshell is a popular material as it tends to be breathable, stretchy and tear resistant, blending a number of materials including polyester or nylon and elastane. Polyester and cotton blends tend to be popular as they tend to provide a high level of protection from the wind. These different constructions have different advantages and disadvantages when compared against each other, so there isn’t necessarily one that can be described as being the best.

It’s also important to look at the adjustment options on a pair of hiking trousers. For instance, what kind of waistband do they have, is it elasticated or semi elasticated? If there’s no elastication, is there an integrated hipbelt or just belt loops? Is there any volume adjustment down at the ankle cuffs? These can be handy if you want the trousers to hold to your boot, keep warm air in and insects out, and not flap in the wind so much. Also consider the amount of pockets and their placement, size and how they close up. Are they big enough to hold a map, are they secure enough to keep your phone or car keys inside?

The Best Women’s Walking Trousers

Here’s our round-up of the best hiking pants for women. All of the images show our testers out using the product in places like the Lake District, Snowdonia and the Scottish Highlands. Remember, if you need extra info, we’ve stuck links to our full in-depth product reviews alongside each one.

  • Craghoppers Kiwi Pro II
  • Sasta Taival 
  • Halti Pallas 2
  • Fjällräven Kaipak 
  • Revolution Race GP ProTrousers
  • Patagonia Point Peak Pants
  • Salewa Alpine Hemp Light Pants
  • Häglofs Rugged Flex
  • Montane Terra Ridge 
  • Keela Scuffer

The trousers listed should be suitable for a range of different outdoor activities at varying levels of weather protection. If, however, you’re looking for a bit more advice on what to look for in a good pair of walking pants, you’ll find some more info here, as well as some men’s trouser options too.

Best Overall Women’s Walking Trousers

Craghoppers Kiwi Pro II

Price: £65
Weight: 285g
Best for: hiking and trekking
What we liked: versatile, good durability, recycled materials
What we didn’t like: were a little slow to dry once wet

These trousers, the latest iteration in Craghoppers’ extremely popular Kiwi line, performed well for us during our tests. Firstly, we liked the articulation because, while making long strides while scrambling, the gusseted crotch gave complete freedom of movement. We also found these were durable enough to withstand rough rock and we liked the slight stretchiness to the fabric too.

The fit felt quite loose around the thighs and legs but it’s not overly baggy or flappy and we found the trousers had enough warmth and protection from cold winds to suit hiking right through from early spring through to late autumn.

The combination of durability, comfort, articulation and the convenient pockets all, we think, made these trousers worthy of selection as our best overall pair of women’s walking trousers.

Full Specifications

Available in men’s and women’s versions / made from recycled polyester / with sun protection and insect barrier / four pockets / eco-friendly DWR / built-in sunglassses wipe / belt loops.

Read our full Craghoppers Kiwi Pro II review.


Sasta Taival Hiking Trousers

Price: £153
Weight: 371g
Best for: Multi-activity outdoor adventures
Key attributes: Rugged build, Nikwax treatment, plus-size options

The Taival trousers are made from 65% recycled polyester and 35% organic cotton. Both materials are PFC-free, whilst the polyester’s raw material is created using discarded plastic bottles. This type of blend gives you the toughness and abrasion-resistance of polyester fibres, but with the added softness and breathability of cotton. Cotton also generally absorbs moisture well, whilst – more specifically – organic cotton is produced without harmful fertilisers, and with minimal effect on the environment. 

During the construction process, these trousers are infused with both wax and Nikwax Cotton Proof finishing. Whilst adding to the quick-drying abilities and overall water resistance of the garment, this should also add to the toughness of the trousers, creating a durable and long-lasting product. 

While Sasta include sizes starting at 34 (25”waist, 31” length), they also include plus size options ranging from an EU size 38 (33” waist, 32” length) to 54 (50” waist, 33” length). It’s worth noting that while the ‘regular’ Taival W trousers also have a size 38, the Taival W+ size 38 has been built specifically to accommodate larger builds.

Full Specifications

65% recycled polyester and 35% organic cotton / Nikwax DWR treatment / PFC-free build / abrasion-resistant / shaped knees / elasticated waistband / velcro adjustments at bottom of legs / two large thigh pockets / smaller pockets throughout / EU size 38 to 54 (plus-size options) / multiple colour options / repair service available.

Selected for our Outdoor 100 2022/23 – Read our full Sasta Taival review. 



Halti Pallas 2 Women’s Trousers

Price: €129
Weight: 400g
Best for: Three-season hiking
Key attributes: Stretchy, breathable, available in plus sizes, eco-friendly materials

Halti’s Pallas 2 are designed for stretch and breathability, while also being windproof and water-repellent. Refreshingly, there’s also likely to be a pair to fit you even if you don’t conform to the slim outdoor stereotype, since they also come in plus sizes (up to an EU 46, or a UK 18).

The Pallas 2 trousers are hybrid pants in that they are made of a combination of two different stretchy and breathable fabrics. The first is a blend of 72% polyamide (or nylon to you and me), with 20% recycled polyamide and 8% elastane. The second fabric is a tougher but even stretchier blend of 89% polyamide and 11% elastane. These are used in a panelled construction with the thicker fabric providing practical reinforcement in the knees and seat. All the material is certified bluesign approved, with a PFC free water-repellent treatment.

Other features include: four pockets, a comfortable part-elasticated waist with a drawcord, shaped knees, a tapered leg, and reflective logo and waistband details. The hems narrow to fit neatly over boots or trail shoes, though there are no ankle zips or press studs.

Full Specifications

Available in sizes UK 4 – 18 / first fabric: 72% nylon 20% recyled nylon 8% elastane / second fabric: 89% nylon 11% elastane / panelled construction reinforcing knees and seat / certified bluesign approved / PFC-free DWR / four pockets (hand and thigh pockets) / elasticated waist with drawcord / shaped knees / tapered legs / reflective logo.

Selected for our Outdoor 100 2021/22 – Read our full Halti Pallas 2 women’s trousers review.



Fjällräven Kaipak Curved Trousers

Price: £170
Weight: 400g
Best for: Three-season hiking and scrambling in the UK
Key attributes: Eco-friendly fabrics, multi-pocket options, tough build

The majority of the material here is the G-1000 Eco, a hard wearing, breathable and shower resistant fabric. It’s also a more sustainable version of Fjällräven’s standard G-1000 fabric, as it uses organic cotton and recycled polyester, limiting the use of raw materials in the creation of the product.

In terms of features, there’s quite a few storage options to work with. The pocket on the right thigh is zippered and is deep enough to fit a wallet. It has a hidden pocket within it which is the perfect size for a smart phone. The pocket on the left thigh is secured with a snap fastener. This pocket is wide enough to stow an OS Explorer map and deep enough so that most of the map is stowed, enabling easy access if you’re checking the map regularly. There are also two spacious pockets by the hips.

The cuffs on the bottom of the trousers are fitted with strap adjusters which can be easily changed to fit around your boot and there’s also a handy hook which can secure the ankle cuffs to the boot laces like a gaiter.

Full Specifications

G-1000 Eco fabric (organic cotton and recycled polyester) / pre-waxed with Greenland Wax / high waisted / athletic fit / breathable and stretchy fabric / articulated knees /  two thigh pockets (hidden pocket within right-hand side) / two hip pockets / strap adjusters and hooks at cuffs / zip and button closure / loops for belts and gear.

Check out our full  Fjällräven Kaipak curved trousers review. 


Revolution Race GP Pro Pants

Price: £95
Weight: 520g
Best for: Hiking, trekking and general outdoor use
Key attributes:Superbly multifunctional, gloriously comfortable

With the GP Pro trousers, Revolution Race have created a pair of pants that are designed with multi-functionality at their heart. Built from weather resistant, stretchy materials, and sporting ventilating zippers and more pockets that you can shake a hiking pole at, these might just be the only pair of outdoor trousers you’ll ever need.

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They feature two deep hand pockets and two zippered pockets on the thighs. The left thigh pocket is even specifically designed with your mobile phone in mind. There are also Hypershell reinforcements, making them both wind and water repellent. The groin, the inner thighs and the back of the knees are further reinforced by four-way stretch material, giving them excellent support.

The stretch panels ventilate beautifully, giving you a very comfortable fit, while zippered ventilation panels mean you can open things up when you’re working hard on the trail. Importantly, the trousers are tight fitting but stretchy enough to give you excellent freedom of movement, which is why they work so well for a range of applications.

Full Specifications

Polyester 65%, Cotton 35% with stretch Polyamide 88%, Elastane 12% panels / Thigh ventilation with zipper / 2 hand pockets / 2 bellowed thigh pockets with zippers / back pocket with zipper / pre-bent knees / Adjustable leg opening with buttoned closing / Elastic leg opening / Knee pad pockets / Extended belt loops / Gusset in crotch / Phone pocket inside one thigh pocket / Boothook in leg opening / PFC-free DWR finish.

Selected for the Outdoor 100 2021/22. Check out our full Revolution Race GP Pro trousers review



Patagonia Point Peak Trail Pants

Price: £130
Weight: 442g
Best for: Rugged, multi-day adventuring
Key attributes: Good mobility, nice pocket options, simple design 

The Point Peak pants are made from 90% recycled nylon, 10% double-weaved elastane, and a PFC-free durable water repellent (DWR) finish. In fact, Patagonia are working on converting 90% of their waterproof products with a DWR finish to a PFC-free finish by autumn of this year. Pretty impressive stuff. 

Built with a slim fit, the Point Peak pants have abrasion-resistant panelling on the rear and from the front mid-thighs to the cuffs. There’s also adjustable hook-and-loop tabs on the waist and cuffs, mitered on-seam front pockets, two zippered thigh pockets, two zippered back pockets, and a gusseted crotch for extra mobility when scrambling (for example).

Full Specifications

Women’s and men’s options / 90% recycled nylon and 10% double-weaved elastane build / PFC-free durable water repellant finish / bluesign approved / Fair Trade certified sewn / slim fit / abrasion-resistant panels on the rear and from the front mid-thighs to the cuffs / adjustable hook-and-loop tabs on waist and cuffs / mitered on-seam front pockets / two zippered thigh pockets / gusseted crotch.

Selected for our Outdoor 100 2022/23 – Read our full Patagonia Point Peak Trail Pants review. 



Salewa Alpine Hemp Lite Trousers

Price: £115
Weight: 290g
Best for: Spring/summer scrambling and climbing
Key attributes: Innovative fabric, technical design, maximum freedom of movement

Salewa are big believers in the benefits of hemp, a natural and sustainable performance fabric with a low impact on the environment. They say it is “exceptionally soft and breathable with lightweight, airy fibres that feel comfortable next-to-skin” and delivers excellent thermo-regulating, fast-wicking properties. And that’s what you get with the Alpine Hemp Lite trousers, which strike a fine balance between comfort, breathability and weight.

With a technical design and a cut that maximises freedom of movement, these stretchy trousers are specifically designed for climbers. They are cool and highly breathable, ideal for spring and summer trad climbing, or indeed hillwalking and scrambling, they should hit the spot pretty nicely. Salewa say the trousers are ideal for “indoor climbing gyms, bouldering centres and out on rock on milder days”.

Full Specifications

Women’s and men’s options / adjustable waistband with cord regulation / belt loops / two flat front pockets / two rear zipped pockets / crotch gusset for freedom of movement / body mapped construction / elastic hem adjustment system with cord locks.

Selected for the Outdoor 100 2021/22. Check out our full Salewa Alpine Hemp Lite Trousers review


Haglöfs Rugged Flex Pant

Price: £140
Weight: 410g
Best for: Hillwalking, scrambling, general outdoor use
Key attributes: Stretchy and slim-fitting

The Rugged Flex by Swedish brand Haglöfs are an evolution of their original Rugged Mountain Pant. You could call this new design a 2020 makeover with new stretchy fabrics and a much, much slimmer fit.

Featured here are two types of fabric that are both treated with an eco-friendly durable water repellent to help on those slightly drizzly days. Across the front of the thighs and on the calves there’s a tough polyamide which feels a little like tightly-woven cotton. Then, on the knees, shins, backside and inner thigh there’s a four-way stretch elastane-based fabric to allow dynamic movement.

For scrambling, general hillwalking, or even casual use, these are a great pair of trousers that performed excellently in our tests. Bear in mind, if you have thick legs you might need to consider going one size up with these.

Full Specifications

Women’s and men’s options / sizes XS- XXL / Climatic fabric: 95% Polyamide, 5% Elastane / FlexAble fabric: 90% Polyamide, 10% Elastane with 4-way stretch / Bluesign approved / Velcro adjustable ankle cuffs / two zippered hand pockets / one zippered thigh pocket / Fluorocarbon free DWR.

Check out our full Haglofs Rugged Flex review



Montane Women’s Terra Ridge Pants

Pictured here is the limited edition Montane x BMC collaboration edition, however, the features of the original Terra Ridge are much the same bar the BMC clothing tags.

Price: £95
Weight: 315g
Best for: Three-season walking, climbing and scrambling
Key attributes: Durable, all-day comfort, useful features

Montane’s Terra has become a bit of a classic for the UK hillwalker. It’s a simple yet tough and reliable design that’s able to stand up to the new kids on the block and teach them a thing or two in terms of how a durable pant should be made.

The fit is loose but still dynamic and well-articulated, allowing a wide stride and fitting comfortably underneath waterproof overtrousers. Ankle adjustment lets you tighten the pants further around the boots. Features include two zippered hand pockets, two long zipped thigh vents, a security pocket on the back and an integrated hipbelt.

They’re designed with three-season climbing and scrambling in mind, with the key aspect being the ‘Granite Stretch’ fabric which is built into the knees for durability against coarse rock and also added to the instep to avoid crampons catching/damaging the pants.

Full Specifications

Main leg: 93.5% GRANITE STRETCH Dynamic nylon, 6.5% elastane / reinforcements: 53% CORDURA, 25% GRANITE STRETCH nylon, 7% elastane / UPF 50+ sun protection / loose fit / compatible with overtrousers / ankle adjusters / two zippered hand pockets / two long zipped thigh vents / security pocket on back / integrated hipbelt / microfleece lined waistband.

Selected for our Outdoor 100 2019/20 – Read our full Montane BMC Terra Ridge Pants review. 



Keela Scuffer Trousers

Price: £80
Weight: 544g
Best for: Hiking and hillwalking
Key attributes: Reliable, durable, good value

Scottish brand Keela is known for its no-nonsense gear, the kind of stuff that is right at home bagging Munros and tramping across the rugged landscapes of the Highlands. The Scuffers are well-proven outdoor trousers with a relaxed fit around the thighs and backside, basically bucking the current trend for figure hugging cuts. Adjustable ankle cuffs can be cinched in around boots or loosened to create a bit of extra airflow. They’re decently water resistant, fending off light rain, and though in heavy stuff the trousers will eventually saturate, they’re very quick drying. With a bit of wind on a warm summer day they’ll be dry within an hour.

They feel very durable, with plenty of resistance to abrasion as well as a little stretchiness. This makes them perfect for three-season use, and since the generous cut allows for layering, they could even be combined with baselayer tights underneath for full-on winter weather too.

Full Specifications

Women’s and men’s options / quick-dry fabric with 4-way stretch / Removable webbing belt / two zipped handwarmer pockets with a hidden security pocket / zip fly / reinforced seat and ankle scuff patches / adjustable ankle cuffs / thigh zips for ventilation.

Selected for the Outdoor 100 2021/22. Check out our full Keela Scuffers trousers review



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