I recently purchased this pair of softshell pants for a 1,000-mile-long thru-hike across the Alps from Italy to Monaco this summer. I have been recreating in the Wasatch in advance of my Alps adventure, and I continue to be impressed by the quality of construction (I wouldn't expect anything less from Arc'teryx) and the tapered female fit. Based on previous experience, softshell pants tend to be bulky and uncomfortable in action. The pants kept me toasty warm a few days ago when I woke up to howling winds at 12:30 a.m. in a parking lot on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon to begin a 32-mile, 12-hour-long hiking adventure. I would definitely recommend sizing up a bit so that you can wear something like thermal underwear for added warmth. I am 5'9", 150 pounds, and the size large fits like a perfect glove with tights underneath.
Love these pants!
I just wore these pants on a long trip through Asia and Bhutan, and they were perfect--good fit, light weight, water repellent, and they cleaned up with just a wet wipe at the end of the day. I love the 4 zippered pockets in front, and that the waist didn't stretch out as many soft shell pants do at the end of the trip. They were a bit too light for high altitude bad weather on their own, but with long underwear, they provided better protection. I wear a 4-6, and the Small fitted me perfectly. The only change I would make is in the ankle cuffing--when they are drawn up tight, the cords are easy to step on and trip. They need a little velcro attachment or something to keep them out of the way.
Hiking the Coast to Coast trail in England through 100 miles of mist, rain, wind and sun, rocky, muddy and moorland trails, these pants have really performed in all weather except long periods of torrential driving rain. Rain pants fit easily over the top. Attractive fit yet pockets roomy enough for map, phone, TP ETC. I am 137 lbs and 5'4". The size 8 fit well with enough room for thin base layer underneath if needed. I wish this pant came in a petite or short. The legs are long for me but if you cinch the bottom cords up tight they make a nice cuff without dragging on the ground. They wash easily and dry super fast. Love these pants!
I wore them shortly after my purchase to a hiking trip in Shenandoah Park... they preformed amazing.
breathable-&-warm: Even though it doesn't feel like they breathable when you feel the fabric, they were. Temperatures were constantly changing during our hike, and I always felt comfortable (I am usually very cold when doing nothing, but begin to sweat once my heart rate kicks up)
I am 5'2 125 pounds- muscularly built with a but, and I got the small and they look and feel really good. the fit is loose enough for being comfortable, but slim and fitted enough to also be flattering.
I highly recommend these
I was looking for a comfortable (e.g. moves with me) lightweight pant for rock climbing and other mountain activities. These are great. My only constructive input is that the small should not be so long. I'm guessing it's about a 32" inseam. It should be more like 30". The draw strings in the pant legs do a good job and I will be keeping these and am actually considering a second pair.
I run between an 8 and 10 in most clothes, but find that medium Arc'teryx pants are form fitting without being uncomfortably tight. These pants feel great agains my skin and move well. I thought about skiing in them, but only on a warm day because they are so thin. But they will be great for hiking and alpine climbing. Always a great product from Arc'teryx.
I ordered the XS Tall per the sizing chart. The overall fit was excellent but the length per the chart should be 32 it wasn't. Length is 35. Overall quality of pant is nice. Fit is fitted not baggy. If they had an XS/R I would have exchanged for that size but alias these had to go back.
This mountaineer lady loves the feel of the nylon, spandex, and fortius for trekking, glasading, or simply meandering up the mountain. Arc'teryx Pants gave me more dexterity while stretching, doing high knees, jumps, and lunges.