Stretchy waterproof protection.
Leave the Mountain Hardwear Women's Stretch Ozonic Pant at the top of your pack just in case you run into rain mid-hike. Its Dry.Q Active 2.5L Stretch shell combines a highly rated waterproof breathable membrane with four-way stretch fabric so you can still move and stay dry on the trail. Fully taped seams enhance waterproofing by preventing rain from seeping through.
Mountain Hardwear designed the Stretch Ozonic with articulated knees to enhance the pant's range of motion on steep ascents. Full-length side zippers offer easy on-and-off when you're out and about, and loops at each cuff accommodate boot laces for extra security. This pant also has a zippered thigh pocket to protect valuables and electronics.
- Dry.Q Active 2.5L Stretch shell
- Fully taped seams
- Standard fit, articulated knees
- Full-length side zippers
- Loops at leg cuffs
- Zippered thigh pocket
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- Q & A
Amazing - not your normal rain pant!
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
These pants are made with the same great fabric of the jacket - soft, stretchy, breathable comfort. When I first felt it, I was doubtful of the protection it would provide in the rain but these pants have proven themselves! I wore these rain pants on a hike when it was both rainy and windy in Southern Utah.
Because of the breathability and comfort, I wouldn't hesitate in recommending these are hiking pants where you don't quite need the rain protection. The only issue I could see with these is durability, but I have not put that to the test.
I'm a small and my usual pant size is 26.
My Favorite Rain Pants Ever!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Large
- Height: 5'4"
I tested these one chilly night in Park City because I forgot to bring long pants. I expected uncomfortable hard shell rain pants. I was blown away with how comfortable and breathable they are!
The outer fabric is super stretchy and feels really soft. It reminds me of the old school Gore-Tex jackets that had the golf pullover feel to them. This one is not Gore-Tex, but it uses Mountain Hardwear's DryQ active membrane.
I enjoyed wearing them so much that I bought them to wear as everyday pants. I took them to Yellowstone National Park last weekend and wore them the rain and snow all day long. Not one drop wetted out on the pants. I couldn't believe how waterproof they were! They were perfect for hiking around all day in in the cold and felt amazing because they were so soft, stretchy, and breathable.
The fit is true to size and has an adjustable, stretchy waist that has beltloops for adjustablilty. The pants have zippers that run down the sides of them, so they are very easy to remove and adjust layers. They only have one pocket on the front that is big enough for a cell phone. It is functional, but does not have hand pockets or a rear pocket.
The pants are pretty lightweight at only 9.8 oz, but they are thick enough to keep you warm. I wore them around walking in the rainy snow at 32-35 degrees and layered Patagonia R1 pants underneath. I was perfectly comfortable, warm, and dry.
They are true to size naturally, but are adjustable to fit a range of people. I am 5'4" and ordered the regular. They were too long, but I folded the waistband over once and that pretty much made them fit. I would have ordered the short if it had been available.
Bottom Line: I tested these pants and loved them so much that I immediately bought them. They are my favorite rain pants ever and I will wear them either casually or in an all out downpour. Not only are these the best rain pants I've ever worn, they are one of the most comfortable pairs of regular pants, as well! I highly recommend them.
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Very versatile, not super durable
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: Runs large
- Size Bought: Medium/ regular
- Height: 5'11"
- Weight: 148lbs
I first tested these pants out on an early summer Mt Whitney assent and they were so solid for the whole climb/ hike in the snow. I am 5'11'' and I wear a regular medium and the waist fits well but the actual pant legs are pretty long. I might size down a size if I were to get them again but the medium works well otherwise. I especially like how the side zip goes the full length of the pant to allow for easy off and on without removing boots/ crampons. I also like the big pocked and the velcro straps on the side of the hips which allow you to adjust it to fit without a belt (one less thing to carry or pack! ) Pants were surprisingly breathable when I wore them by themselves but were warm and loose enough to accommodate a base layer underneath for the cold morning alpine start. As far as the material goes, the are stretchy, water repellent (stays dry while glissading and fabric dries quickly but I haven't worn them in a downpour yet so not sure how "waterproof" they are). I do wish that the fabric was a little more durable as I wore them on some mellow final pitches of the east buttress of Mt Whitney and put a couple little holes in the knees. That being said, they are not really meant for climbing so it makes sense, just wish they were a little more tough. These are definitely a really solid pant for anyone who spends time in the alpine or needs a good hiking/ backpacking rainpant. My only complaint is that the pants are not super durable and I put a lot of little holes in them when rock climbing. Pretty bummed about that so I would not recommend them for really anything other than gentle hiking or as rain gear.