TOP 18 Best Mountaineering Pants for Men and Women Reviewed 2019

When it comes to the great outdoors, rarely can you experience more challenging terrain or weather conditions than in the mountains.

And if you’re heading up into the roof of the world, you’re going to need the right gear and apparel to see you through.

Your clothing needs to be tough and durable, with excellent weatherproofing that can take whatever the mountain happens to throw at it.

With that in mind, I’ve put together a review of the best mountaineering pants, so you can be sure of maximum protection that won’t let you down.

Male and female versions are offered, with one for the kids thrown in for good measure.

A buyer’s guide and FAQ section will follow to assist you in making the right choice.

Because when you’re venturing into the void for a spot of peak bagging – you’re going to need all the help you can get.

TOP 18 Best Mountaineering Pants 2019

Kaisike Men’s Outdoor Waterproof Hiking Pants

Review: Starting us off at the budget end of proceedings we have these fleece-lined hiking pants with a durable outer shell.

They’re suitable for a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, and cycling, but used with layers and some good quality thermal underwear you should be perfectly fine in colder conditions, too (although they have been reviewed as been exceptionally warm, anyway).

They feature a zip fly and button closure, with a stretch-to-fit waist for extra comfort, and zippered security pockets on the hips and one on the leg.

They’re highly breathable, with a wicking technology that allows you to stay cool – perfect for when you’re on the move.

Pros

  • Great price.
  • Fleece-lined.
  • Choice of colors.
  • Versatile use.

Cons

  • Pocket placement looks a little weird.
  • Not the most attractive design.
  • The fit can be troublesome – double-check before ordering.

Takeaway

A decent outdoor pant that is perfectly suitable for a variety of alpine activities and comes at a great price.

The more fashion-conscious amoung you might need to look elsewhere – but that’s just my personal opinion.

Arctix Men’s Snow Sports Cargo Pants

Review: Clever marketing by Arctix (not to be confused with Arc’teryx, the high-end Canadian outdoor brand). Still, these snow sport cargo pants offer 85 grams of ThermaTech insulation to keep you warm, while the design ensures the garment isn’t too bulky and remains relatively lightweight.

The ankle, scuff and hem guards are reinforced with a highly durable 600 denier ballistic fabric, intended to prevent wear and tear when you’re putting these pants through their paces.

It features boot zippers to put them on and take them off with ease, cargo pockets and O-ring for storage, and boot gaiters with grip to keep the warm in and the cold out at the feet.

They might not be the very best mountaineering hardshell pants, but for the price, they’re not bad at all.

Pros

  • Great price.
  • Loads of useful winter features.
  • Excellent choice of funky colors and designs.

Cons

  • Again, sizing can be a little wayward – make sure you do your research.

Takeaway

They might not be as quality as Arc’teryx, but these Arctix pants are definitely worth a punt considering the price you’ll pay. A great option for a family winter sports vacation.

Outdoor Ventures Men’s Lite Hiking Snow Pants

Review: These versatile snow pants from Outdoor Ventures have a boot cut fit and are made from 94% polyester and 6% spandex in the shell, and a warm, breathable lining of 100% polyester.

They’re a high-rise design, making them more comfortable at the waist, which is also adjustable with velcro and has belt loops included should they be required.

The shell is waterproof, windproof and durable, with a fleece lining to keep your legs warm and an ergonomic fit at the knees to improve your range of movement.

It offers two zippered hip pockets and one back pocket, which all have a reflective puller to improve visibility in low light. You can enjoy just about any outdoor activity in these all-rounders.

Pros

  • Great price.
  • Versatile use.
  • Practical features.
  • Fitted design.

Cons

  • Terrible color options.
  • Less waterproof and more just water-resistant.

Takeaway

Stylish, practical with some really smart contours and useful touches, it’s just a shame that the color options are so incredibly dull.

Tbmpoy Men’s Outdoor Quick Dry Hiking Pants

Review: Made using quick-drying fabrics, these outdoor pants are ideal if you’re likely to be getting wet at any point during your adventures.

They’re a tactical design, made from 97% polyester fiber and 3% spandex, with zippered pockets at the hip and sides for securing your valuables when you’re out and about.

There’s an elasticated with the bonus of having a belt included for extra comfort, and the pants are actually offered in two styles – thin and thick – depending on if you want the quick-dry or the warmer fleece-lined option.

The Ripstop material ensures that these pants will take a beating before there’s any serious wear and tear, while the water-resistant coating will keep any light showers at bay.

Pros

  • Versatile pants with a choice of styles.
  • Belt included.
  • Durable material.

Cons

  • Not good in heavier showers.

Takeaway

Another decent outdoor pant that will do the job for most casual users. The choice of styles is a nice touch depending on what you need them for.

For colder temps or wetter weather, however, you should look elsewhere.

Columbia Women’s Modern Mountain 2.0 Pants

Review: Our first household name now with Columbia’s Modern Mountain snow pants for women. The US-based outdoor clothing stalwart consistently produces excellent quality products that are affordable to everyone – and these comfortable pants certainly fit the bill.

They’re made from 100% polyester, incorporating the company’s Omni-Shield advanced repellency technology that wicks away water so you stay dry and comfortable.

It offers plenty of ski-inspired features throughout, including internal leg gaiters, snap gusset, and zippered pockets to keep your valuables protected when you’re pushing yourself to the limit.

It’s tough and durable, with an adjustable waist to improve comfort for a full day out in the mountains. For similar quality, check out these awesome hiking pants for winter – in which Columbia will also feature.

Pros

  • Excellent quality for the price.
  • Tried and trusted brand name.
  • Comfortable fit.
  • Choice of bright colors available.

Cons

  • They run small/they run big… make sure you check the sizing before purchase.

Takeaway

An excellent snow pant from Columbia that is ideal for a variety of winter activities, while ensuring you’ll be comfortable all day long. It’s hard to find a fault with this quality product.

Tru-Spec Men’s 24-7 Xpedition Pants

Review: Made with 65% polyester and 35% cotton, these “Xpedition” pants are apparently the brainchild of someone who won a survival show – or something.

Regardless, they’re a decent garment, well built with plenty of support where you need it, including double fabric around the hips, knees and across the pockets. This ensures the pants are highly durable, and with more storage compartments and pockets than you’ll know what to do with, they’re ideal for an outdoor adventure.

It also features an additional layer of nylon webbing fabric for reinforced durability from boots and strap adjustment with snaps on the ankle cuffs and boot hooks. The pants are gusseted for ease of movement and they have articulated knees.

Pros

  • Made with survival in mind.
  • Tough and durable.
  • Plenty of decent pocket options.
  • Reinforced in key places.

Cons

  • Not the best snow pant available – more suitable for work.

Takeaway

Strong, durable, well designed and packed with features, the only downside is that they’re not really that idea for hiking in the mountains.

Still, they’re a good option for casual use, the workplace, or if you’re into Airsoft.

Helly Hansen Jr Waterproof Legendary Snow Pants

Review: It’s rare that I include clothing specific to the kids (unless the article is about them) but I couldn’t resist including this one here.

Norweigian company Helly Hansen was never going to be too far away from a mountaineering gear review, given that – along with the oceans – it’s their specialty.

They bring the same Hellytech material they use for adult apparel into the kid’s versions, making these lightweight but durable, water and windproof but highly breathable.

They feature reinforced fabric on the hems for extra durability, and two hand pockets with YKK zippers to keep belongings safe. They’ve been treated with a DWR finish, and have 60 grams of Primaloft Black insulation.

If I had these as a kid I’d be over the moon and out in the mountains every chance I could get.

Pros

  • Top-quality construction.
  • Name to trust.
  • Stylish and practical design.
  • Excellent protection all round.
  • Choice of bright colors.

Cons

Takeaway

Yet another excellent product from Helly Hansen, this time for the younger members of the family. They’ll be the envy of their peers in a pair of these snow pants, that’s for sure.

Outdoor Research Women’s Offchute Pants

Review: Seattle based company Outdoor Research brings these very attractive mountaineering pants to the table and they are packed full of practical features.

With 60 grams of insulation, the pants are also waterproof and windproof, with fully taped seams, a breathable membrane, and articulated Knees, adjustable tabs at the waist, belt loops and gusseted crotch.

They’re super comfortable to wear, yet highly durable while providing premium protection from the elements. There’s even a dedicated avalanche beacon pocket with zipper – but hopefully, you’ll never be in need of that.

They’re highly versatile too, offering an excellent range of movement for whatever activity you’re enjoying up in the mountains.

Pros

  • Excellent build quality.
  • Respected brand name.
  • Stylish and practical.
  • Avalanche beacon pocket.

Cons

  • Again, more colors would have been nice.

Takeaway

Well designed, durable and with some great features, these mountaineering pants from Outdoor Research really hit the mark.

For the money, they could well be the best mountaineering softshell pants around. It’s just a pity about the lack of awesome, blinding colors.

Outdoor Research Men’s Voodoo Pants

Review: Staying with OR but this time coming in with a men’s option, we have their Voodoo line – which admittedly is an odd name for a mountaineering pant.

Still, it’s another attractive softshell, water and wind-resistant, quick-drying, durable and breathable, with a movement-mirroring stretch for unrestricted activities.

Made from 88% nylon and 12% elastane, it features front jean-style pockets, two, rear hip pockets with zippers, and a handy thigh pocket. It offers articulated knees, a gusseted crotch, and a harness compatible waist; but the real winner here is the jean-styling.

This ensures that while they’re rugged outdoor pants they don’t actually look like rugged outdoor pants. When you don’t need to change for the apres-ski, that’s a real selling point in my book.

Pros

  • Universal design.
  • Versatile.
  • Good storage options.
  • Name to trust.

Cons

  • Pockets are a little on the shallow side at the front.

Takeaway

Outdoor Research is up there with the best outdoor clothing brands around – so check out who else they share this lofty perch with.

These pants look set to continue that tradition, stylish and practical – you can wear these anywhere and get away with it.

The North Face Women’s Freedom Insulated Pants

Review: Californian company The North Face needs a little introduction when it comes to outdoor gear, so it was never going to be long before they showed up here.

These pants feature their usual quality construction, made with a DryVent shell, with sealed seams that allow water vapor to escape for maximum breathability.

It also includes an additional chimney venting system so you can stay cool even when working up a sweat.

The Freedom offers plenty of storage options, too, with velcro cargo pocket, secure-zip hand pockets, and a side-entry zip pocket. They’re lightweight but insulated and very warm, with a straight fit from hip to hem to ensure comfortable, unrestricted movement.

Pros

  • One of the best brands around.
  • Quality construction.
  • Well designed.
  • Excellent breathability and venting.
  • Good choice of colors.

Cons

  • None to speak of – even the price is reasonable.

Takeaway

Another hit for the North Face, this is a quality garment that has clearly been designed for alpine adventures – but just as easily could be used for any outdoor activity. The breathability and venting system are real winners here.

Helly Hansen Men’s Velocity Insulated Winter Pants

Review: HH is at it again with these men’s Velocity winter pants that offer the same Hellytech performance that you’ve come to expect from them. Fully waterproof, windproof and breathable, this is the equivalent of GORE-TEX without it actually being GORE-TEX and for a fraction of the cost.

It’s made from 100% polyester with two-layer fabric construction, seam-sealed, and a two-way mechanical stretch for unrestricted movement. The Velocity is Helly Hansen’s workhorse winter pant, designed for a variety of uses in alpine conditions.

They feature two hip pockets, articulated knees, and Primaloft insulation. You’ve found the bottom half, so check out these winter hiking jackets for extreme cold to complete the look.

Pros

  • Top-quality construction.
  • Excellent brand.
  • Super-comfortable fit.
  • Choice of colors.

Cons

  • None to speak of – but just make sure you’re ordering the right size.

Takeaway

The best winter mountaineering pants? Quite possibly. They’re certainly up there when it comes to quality outdoor apparel. Then again, it’s rare that Helly Hansen misses the mark.

Arc’teryx Men’s Gamma AR Pants

Review: According to Arc’teryx (and I would certainly trust one of the best mountaineering companies in the world), the Gamma AR is a highly versatile technical softshell pant designed for alpine, rock, and ice.

Like the Velocity for Helly Hansen, the Gamma seems to be one of Arc’teryx’s leading lights in their brand line. This is a highly breathable pant with plenty of stretch for easy, free movements while being exceptionally weather-resistant for use in all kinds of conditions.

The softshell boasts air-permeable four-way stretch woven textiles with superior abrasion resistance. There’s an adjustable, integrated webbing belt, adjustable pant cuffs with lace hook, a gusseted crotch, and zippered pockets.

There’s a strong bet that these could be the best softshell pants for mountaineering available.

Pros

  • Market leader in mountaineering gear.
  • Quality construction.
  • Well designed.
  • Maximum maneuverability.
  • Venting system.

Cons

  • Poor choice of colors.

Takeaway

Arc’teryx was always going to have a shout at producing the best mountaineering pants, and they just might have done it with the Gamma.

However, once again they’ve been let down by terrible color schemes. Am I the only one that thinks mountaineering pants should be fluorescent?!

Black Diamond Men’s Winter Alpine Pants

Review: Hailing out of Utah, Black Diamond is all about climbing and skiing, so you’d expect them to come up with some quality alpine apparel.

This is a lightweight pant that is DWR treated and made from 93% nylon and 7% elastane running a semi-fitted/slim fit. It offers plenty of pocket options, including two zippered hand pockets, two thigh pockets and one to the rear.

The company recommends that these pants are used for ice climbing, mountaineering, ski mountaineering, and traditional climbing, but I think they’re versatile enough to tackle any outdoor activity.

So, take them hiking with a pair of these amazing winter hiking boots and get the most out of quality outdoor gear.

Pros

  • Top brand in mountaineering.
  • Tough and durable.
  • Excellent freedom of movement.
  • Good pocket options.

Cons

  • It only comes in black.
  • The slim fit might not be suitable for everyone.

Takeaway

Another top-quality product from mountaineering specialists Black Diamond. The look and feel of these pants will speak for themselves.

Mountain Hardwear Men’s FireFall Insulated Bib Pants

Review: Mountain Hardware is an offshoot of Columbia, so you know you’re going to be getting the same quality gear that they produce.

We’re moving into the more heavy-duty mountaineering pants here, with this insulated bib design which is made with ThermalQ insulation, which retains maximum warmth in the snowy outdoors without excess bulk. It features full-length side zippers for ventilation, with excellent wicking technology to transfer water away from the body while being exceptionally water and windproof from the outside.

There’s an abundance of storage here, with multiple compartments including two zippered thigh pockets, one zippered chest pocket, and one mesh avalanche beacon pocket.

With the full bib coverage and powder cuffs, you’ll certainly keep the elements out and the warmth in.

Pros

  • Surprisingly lightweight.
  • Excellent ventilation.
  • Warm and comfortable.
  • Great storage options.
  • Beacon pocket.

Cons

  • Not really versatile for anything else.

Takeaway

For serious powder and mountain enthusiasts, bibbed pants are the way forward and these are excellent quality for a decent price.

Marmot Women’s Pro Tour Pants

Review: Colorado company Marmot have their say with this attractive, lightweight mountaineering and ski pant that is made with premium materials.

It has the advantage of incorporating GORE-TEX technology, in a softshell double weave that provides excellent water and windproofing, while being highly breathable.

It offers plenty of features including articulated knees, scuff guard, removable suspenders and an internal flex boot gaiter that keeps snow on the outside. Four zippered pockets ensure you can keep your valuables safe on the slopes.

You can just tell these have been made with a lot of care and attention for the mountain lover – whatever activity you’re into.

Pros

  • GORE-TEX technology.
  • Removable suspenders.
  • Name to trust.
  • Versatile.

Cons

  • Only one color available.

Takeaway

A beautifully designed winter pant with stylish, clean lines, loads of features and packing that all-important GORE-TEX tech.

Top stuff from Marmot, here – who also make outstanding winter hiking jackets. Take a look if you don’t believe me!

Mountain Hardwear Men’s Cloud Bank Pants

Review: A second entry for Mountain Hardware with a GORE-TEX mountaineering pant for the men. This offers 40 grams of ThermalQ insulation to keep you warm and toasty, while the GORE-TEX membrane ensures water and wind stay out while providing maximum breathability close to the skin.

It has a waterproof rating of an outstanding 28,000mm, which basically means you could stand in the shower and be dry wearing these.

The seams are obviously fully sealed, and it features reinforced kick patches to protect the garment from the wear and tear when skiing, snowboarding, hiking or climbing. The thigh vents offer added ventilation should you ever get too hot, while plenty of storage options will keep your ski pass or hip flask safe.

Pros

  • GORE-TEX technology.
  • Quality manufacture.
  • Excellent ventilation.
  • Versatile use.

Cons

  • Again – dull colors.

Takeaway

Practical, tough and durable mountain pants from Mountain Hardwear. Hard by name and hard by nature – this kit should last you a long time and keep you warm and dry in the process.

Mammut Women’s Nordwand Pro HS Pants

Review: We’re coming to the very best of the best here with the Swiss company’s professional winter pants, another excellent garment from Mammut.

It features a three-layer GORE-TEX system for outstanding weatherproofing and breathability while being absolutely jam-packed with features to make your day in the mountains as comfortable as possible.

The leg openings have adjustable hook-and-loops with reinforced edges, while the gaiters can be adjusted to fit over ski or mountaineer boots. It’s fully climbing harness compatible, with a zippered drop seat that means you won’t have to take it off. The waist is adjustable, as are the comfortable, removable suspenders.

Pros

  • Mammut – arguably the best mountaineering gear around.
  • GORE-TEX technology.
  • Climbing harness compatible.
  • Very tough and durable for ice climbing.
  • Excellent ventilation and leg openings.

Cons

  • Limited colors.
  • Exorbitantly expensive.

Takeaway

Sometimes to get the very best you have to pay through the nose for it. For most casual outdoor enthusiasts, this might be a stretch too far.

If you’re serious about mountaineering, you’d pick these up in a heartbeat.

Mammut Men’s Alvier HS Bib Pants

Review: It’s fitting to finish with another Mammut mountaineering pant – this time for the males among you. This has so much going for it, but then it would have to have at this price.

It features a three-layer GORE-TEX PRO material – which is the best money can buy – and is jam-packed with winter sports features.

It has reinforced seam edges and ski edge protection, snap buttons to adjust leg width for improved crampon compatibility, a fixed bib with wool sections to keep the body warm after sweating, and more belt loops, pockets, bells, and whistles then you could shake your ice ax at.

Quite possibly the best mountaineering pants of 2019. Or any year for that matter.

Pros

  • Outstanding quality.
  • Name to trust.
  • GORE-TEX PRO technology.
  • Packed with useful features.

Cons

  • Very expensive.

Takeaway

It doesn’t get much better than this. World-class quality from the Swiss. I just need to find a spare thousand bucks now.

How to Choose the Best Mountaineering Pants – A Buyer’s Guide

You might be tearing your hair out at all the options and everything you need to consider, but worry not – for below you will find an extensive buying guide to point you in the right direction and get you climbing high as fast as possible.

person treks on mountain

Hardshell or Softshell?

Mountaineering pants can come in both hardshell and softshell varieties – but what’s the difference and which one should you choose?

Garments with a hardshell material offer more protection from the elements. They’re waterproof, windproof and breathable. Hardshells are also less likely to rip or tear.

This tough and durable material is widely used in more active outdoor pursuits, such as winter sports, rock and ice climbing.

Softshells have plenty of advantages, too. They’re far more lightweight, they offer some decent weather protection with water-resistant coatings, and they’re highly breathable.

They’re also a lot easier to transport, as they can be folded down into a more portable package.

Softshell materials tend to be used for hiking or lighter outdoor activities, and they’re usually a lot more versatile for day-to-day wear.

Which one you choose will depend on what you’re going to be using it for – so make sure you take that into consideration before purchase.

For more information and to have a look at some excellent hardshell jackets, follow that link.

man climbing on mountain

Weatherproofing

The finest weatherproofing (wind and water) that you can buy in any outdoor clothing apparel will have GORE-TEX technology incorporated.

This is a highly breathable membrane that wicks moisture away from the skin while keeping water out. It’s quite ingenious, really.

But nothing that good comes cheap – you’ll have to pay significantly for the privilege.

If you’re on more of a budget, don’t despair, as most decent outdoor mountaineering pants will offer a good level of water and wind protection.

Check to find out the water rating – which is usually how many millimeters of rainfall a garment can take before moisture starts to penetrate the outer layer.

Obviously, the higher this number, the better suited the item of clothing will be in really wet conditions.

And premium windproofing is vital when you’re climbing a mountain – so make sure the pants you’re considering offers excellent protection in that department.

Breathability

Again, GORE-TEX wins hands down here as it allows air to circulate and keeps sweat from clinging to the body.

This is especially important when you’re seriously exerting yourself at high altitudes – it’s essential that you stay warm and dry.

However, there are plenty of other tricks that garments use to help the wearer stay cool, including underarm zippered air vents, wicking technology, and breathable mesh in the legs.

If you’re unable or unwilling to fork out for the GORE-TEX, at least make sure the mountaineering pants you choose have some or all of the above.

man wearing blue hardshell jacket and carrying snow board

Weight

Hardshell mountaineering pants tend to be heavier than the softshells, and that’s a factor to consider if you’re constantly on the go.

For activities like hiking and climbing, you’ll want something that is tough and durable while not restricting movement.

There’s a fine balance to be had between protection and maneuverability. Make sure you’re getting the right product to suit your needs.

Other Features

Mountaineering pants will have a whole host of other features that some people may find very useful and essential and others might not.

Pockets and storage options should be considered. How many do you need? What are you likely to be carrying with you? Perhaps you should consider one of these excellent hiking backpacks if you need even more space to keep your stuff.

Pockets that offer zippered protection are ideal for mountaineering pants, while waterproof zips take it to another level.

At the very least, I’d say two hand pockets, a rear hip pocket and a thigh pocket is the most practical and useful configuration.

Also look out for adjustable hems and cuffs, belt loops and bootlace hooks.

Lower waist profiles are more preferable for wearing with backpacks, while they can also be climbing harness compatible.

All these extra features will contribute to your comfort and protection when you’re out there on the mountain.

Cost

You can get some excellent budget-friendly mountaineering pants and you can get some exorbitantly expensive versions.

Buy the best you can afford, but I would always suggest to first consider how often you’re going to be using them and what you’re going to be using them for.

If you’re a regular mountaineer or outdoor person, then it certainly is well worth spending a bit more for a quality product you’re going to get years of use out of.

But if it’s just the odd weekend away or casual trip, then you can cut a few corners and save yourself a good bit of cash.

As ever, it’s entirely up to you.

person in red packable down jacket standing on snowy mountain

FAQs

What are Mountaineering Pants?

Mountaineering pants are exactly that – pants you wear to protect yourself when you’re doing any mountain based activities.

From skiing to snowboarding, trekking to hiking, rock climbing to ice climbing, these pants are designed to keep you protected in alpine environments – whatever the conditions.

And you will most certainly need them if you’re doing any kind of pursuit at altitude – nothing else will cut it – so don’t even think of trying to wear anything less.

What’s the Best Way to Layer Clothing for Winter Activities?

A good question. Utilizing adequate layering is essential for your mountaineering trip.

You need to have a versatile system so you can take clothes off or add them on depending on the weather and conditions.

If you don’t have these options, you’re going to be extremely uncomfortable, and in a worst case scenario it could be life-threatening.

Make sure you choose the correct size gear when shopping for winter kit – with plenty of room to add thermal underwear or extra layers as and when required.

For more information, including an in-depth guide to layering, check out the informative video below.

What Pants do I Need for Rock or Ice Climbing?

Hardshell mountaineering pants are best for climbing, as they offer the highest level of protection when it comes to preventing wears, tears, rips, and punctures.

This is vital when you’re traversing the uneven, unpredictable, jagged terrain of rock or ice.

At the same time, climbing pants need to be totally unrestrictive, so heavier snowboarding or skiing pants aren’t suitable. The added weight will slow you down, too.

This is another reason you need to become accomplished at layering, as more lightweight pants will be good for movement, but can often lack adequate insulation.

However, snow can easily pile up quickly on your body and legs when you’re climbing at high altitude, and if you’re wearing anything less than a hardshell, you’re going to get wet in no time.

That’s a risk you simply cannot afford to take.

Again, you have to find the balance that’s right for and right for the conditions you’re climbing in.

Can I use Hiking Pants in the Mountains?

You can – if you use some common sense.

I’ve been mountain hiking and snowboarding wearing super-lightweight, softshell, quick-dry cargo pants with thermal underwear – and I didn’t have a problem.

However, the weather conditions were glorious and I managed to keep relatively dry the whole day.

In short, if you learn how to layer properly (see above) and you’re wearing a decent enough pair of hiking pants, there’s no reason why you can’t be comfortable at high altitude.

Having said that, if push comes to shove I really wouldn’t recommend it. Had I fallen in the snow constantly or if the weather suddenly changed for the worse, I would have been seriously caught out.

And I wouldn’t even think of wearing softshell hiking pants for rock or ice climbing.

Conditions in the mountains can turn on a dime – so make sure you’re well prepared for any eventuality.

How Should I Care for My Mountaineering Pants?

While there are plenty of outdoor mountaineering pant options that are fully machine washable, you should always check the manufacturer’s label and follow their advice for caring for your gear.

Washing the garment with warm water and a mild detergent is ideal if you can’t simply just bung it in the machine.

And never use anything harsh on any of your outdoor clothing – it might compromise the quality and protection of the item.

For more information on washing your waterproof gear – not just mountaineering pants – take a look at the video guide below.

Summary

There are a lot of decent options when it comes to choosing the best mountaineering pants – so much so that it might give you a headache in the process.

Hopefully, this little article has gone some way to making your decision easier – and do let me know in the comments section which pair you’re going for and why.

Stay safe, warm and dry out there, people – and happy mountaineering!

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