Women's Pants & Shorts

Your pants should complement your jacket or top when it comes to comfort and protection, giving you a full outer layer that withstands the demands of your adventures. Our extensive range of women's pants has been designed to give you a choice of fit-for-purpose styles that covers a variety of end uses, including hiking pants, rain pants, softshell pants, snow pants, fleece pants and Merino pants. Whatever your pursuit, Mountain Designs has you covered.

A variety of new styles in women’s shorts is coming soon, so you’ll have even greater choice for adventuring in the warmer months.

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What are the best women's pants for hiking?

A day trekking through the wilderness will be more comfortable with a pair of technical hiking pants that are high in quality and functionality. We have a range that has been engineered to elevate your performance in even the most rugged terrain. As a general rule, the best hiking pants are those with hard-wearing, durable fabric that has some stretch in it, allowing you the freedom to move as you wander the trails. The fabric should also have moisture-wicking and quick-drying properties to manage perspiration, and a Durable Water Repellent (DWR) finish for wet conditions such as light rain. Functional design features will also make life easier, so take into account pockets, reinforced patches and zip-off lower legs to transform your pants into shorts.

What styles of women's pants are available?

Like all of our apparel ranges, we have designed our women's pants to suit different outdoor adventures, and provide fit-for-purpose features that deliver comfort and performance. You can shop a wide range of styles across hiking pants, rain pants, softshell pants, snow pants, fleece pants and Merino pants, in a choice of colours and sizes from 8 to 18. So if you're into day hikes, camping, skiing the slopes or just getting some quality time back in nature, we have a pair of pants made just for you.

What are the warmest women's pants?

Our snow pants are engineered with technical elements to keep you comfortable when you're skiing the slopes, so it's no surprise that they are the warmest women's pants. These styles use features like synthetic insulation, seam sealed construction and waterproof outer shells to keep the chill of winter on the outside where it belongs. Our softshell pants and fleece pants are also designed to enhance warmth, while the wool blend in our Merino pants provides natural thermal regulation so you can snuggle up in a pair of these also.

Why should I buy women's pants rather than shorts?

Pants provide more protection by covering the lower leg and reducing the exposure of your skin to the outside conditions you're in. So with rain pants, snow pants, hiking pants, fleece pants or softshell pants, you are guaranteed to be warmer and more comfortable when bad weather closes in, or simply more protected from contact with rugged terrain and tough environments you're exploring.

What are the best waterproof women's pants?

Our range of snow pants are designed with uncompromising waterproof protection allowing you to ski, snowboard or explore the snowfields in comfort and with confidence. Waterproof yet highly breathable outer shell fabric, seam sealed construction, and design features such as internal snow cuffs, snow skirts and adjustable sleeves and hems, are all utilised to keep ice, snow and water from getting in the way. Our rain pants also provide exceptional waterproof protection, so you can keep the adventure going when there is a downpour.

What are the most lightweight women's pants?

If you want a pair of lightweight women's pants, look to our range of fleece pants, which use a lightweight micro fleece to provide warmth without weight. They also have a cosy, soft-to-touch feel against your skin making them a comfortable choice for easy travel or relaxing by the campfire after a long day on the trails. Our rain pants are also a great lightweight option, with a highly breathable yet waterproof fabric that delivers exceptional rain protection without weighing you down.

Are women's pants essential for camping?

It's worth having a high-quality pair of pants on your gear list when you head off on camping adventures. Your choice depends on your destination and the levels of warmth and protection you need, but for cool climates or relaxed settings, you might go for fleece pants or Merino pants. For more remote locations and tropical environments, opt for hiking pants or rain pants, or for a great all-rounder, pick some versatile softshell pants to handle a variety of conditions.

What are the most practical women's pants for exploring?

Our women's pants are designed to perform for certain activities in various environmental conditions. But for a practical option suitable for exploring, you should look at one of two styles. The first is convertible hiking pants, which allow you to adapt to different climates and adventures by transforming into shorts with a zip-off lower leg. They are also highly durable, easy to move about in, have multiple pockets for convenient storage and are quick-drying. Your other versatile alternative is softshell pants, which offers warmth without the weight, protection from the elements and ease of movement. Either choice gives you high performance and the freedom to explore.

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