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
- Item #MHW00EZ
- Q & A
Very versatile, not super durable
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: Runs large
- Size Bought: Medium/ regular
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.