Advances in fabric tech and garment design now mean the best women's mountain bike pants (or trousers in the UK) are light weight, comfortable, offer brilliant freedom of movement and keep your legs clean and dry all year round. Here's our round-up of the best options on the market as chosen by our expert reviewers.

Taking their cues from the motocross scene, the best women’s mountain bike pants aim to mix form with functionality. Over the last few years, riding pants have become an increasingly popular alternative to shorts, with many different options on the market.

Apart from the cool DH-inspired aesthetic, a full trouser has some practical benefits – it will keep you warm and relatively dry – especially if partnered with one of the best mountain bike jackets. And if or when you do get covered in slop, you can peel the whole thing off at the end of a ride and take all the mud with it. A long trouser also won’t ride up, snag on the top of kneepads and it also offers a bit of scratch/nettle protection, which is why you can easily wear these all year round. If you don’t want full leg protection, you may want to check out our buyer’s guide to the best women’s mountain bike shorts.

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Endura Women’s MT500 Spray Baggy Trouser II

Weight: 459g | Sizes: XS – XXL | Rating: 9/10

Pros: Great fitting winter trouser. Cons: Too hot for sizzling summer days.

You might expect a more relaxed fit with baggy in the title, but don’t be fooled into thinking these are a shapeless offering – far from it. Good on length and well tapered, they have zipped ankle closures, that give you more room in the lower leg should you wish, and help you get them off over shoes. Well shaped around the knees, there are no complaints with any thickness of kneepad run underneath. And up to the waist they have a double popper and zip closure and adjustable Velcro. These are a rugged all-weather pant that still pack a punch on style and features.

Read our full test review of the Endura Womens MT500 Spray Baggy Trouser II

Patagonia Dirt Roamer Storm Pant

Weight: 385g | Sizes: XXS – XL | Rating: 8/10

Pros: Good fit. Excellent fabric fends off splashes but breathes sweat. Cons: Not much stretch to the fabric. Leg length is on the short side. Very expensive.

Patagonia is leading the way in changing how consumer clothing brands behave. So if you’re looking to be more considered in your purchasing while not compromising on performance or quality, the Patagonia Dirt Roamer Storm Pant is a great option.

Read our full test review of the Patagonia Dirt Roamer Storm Pant

Endura Women's MT500 Burner Pant

Endura Women’s MT500 Burner Pant

Endura Women’s MT500 Burner pant

Weight: 475g | Sizes: XS – XXL | Rating: 9/10

Pros: Good value. Comfortable and stretchy. Mild and wild colour options. Zip hip pockets Cons: Velcro waist adjusters could be longer.

If you don’t need as much protection from the elements, look no further than the Endura MT500 Burner pant. With a four-way fabric, it’s light and comfortable enough for all-day pedalling. There is a Durable Water Repellent coating, which will stave off splashes, and a nice tapered cut that’s flattering and keeps the trouser from getting tangled in your chain. Finally, zip pockets are perfect for valuables. All for a great price at under £90.

Read our full test review of the Endura Womens MT500 Burner Pant

Quecha Womens Mountain Hiking Trousers MH500

Weight: 304g | Sizes: 4 – 18 | Rating: 8/10

Pros: Excellent value for money. Cons: Light fabric means they can be cold in winter.

For a non-mtb specific offering the Decathlon Women’s Mountain Hiking trousers deliver decent performance, and Decathlon have three colourways with black, grey and purple available. So if you fancy a more vibrant trouser to add to you wardrobe we think the purple pair look fab.

Read our full test review of the Decathlon Womens Mountain Hiking trousers

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Scott Trail Contessa Signature Womens pant

Weight: 265g | Sizes: XS – XL | Rating: 8/10

Pros: Good four-way stretch to the fabric. Cons: Very slim fitting.

Scott boasts a collection of kit for women serious about the way their bikes and equipment look and perform – and we think they’ve nailed it with these trousers.

Read our full test review of the Scott Trail Contessa Signature Womens pant

Know your trousers:

Sure, you can pick up a riding pant from as little as £25 if you think outside the box. While they may not be designed specifically for mountain biking, Decathlon’s women’s hiking trousers do a perfectly good job. At the other end of the price scale is the Patagonia Dirt Roamer Storm. It might make a hefty dent in your bank balance, but your conscience should be crystal clear and your legs perfectly dry in this versatile pant.

We loved the understated styling of the Pearl Izumi Launch Trail pant, but felt they fell a little short on length. In terms of weight, the minimal Scott Contessa Sign pant really stood out by feeling barely noticeable, but top of the pile was Endura’s MT500 Spray Baggy Trouser II. By mixing panels according to where they sit, Endura has made a garment that can stand up to winter, but still remain effective in the transitional seasons.

Waist adjusters

Waist adjusters

Waist adjusters

These are just simple Velcro tags that allow you to fine-tune the fit. They are often supplemented by some belt loops and some trousers also have an adjustable fly, which is often a ratchet buckle borrowed from motocross pants.


This is either a full regulation zip or it can be a simple flap – the advantage with the latter is it can’t break. A waterproof zip, extra press-studs (if one fails you’ve got a back-up) and Velcro tabs are a bonus.




This stands for Durable Water Repellent and it’s a coating that’s sprayed onto the fabric surface to boost pooling, so water runs off rather than being absorbed. None of the trousers here are fully waterproof, but this coating helps ward off trail splatter and also makes the trouser easier to clean.




They add bulk and complexity but they’re a must have for keys, phone, cash and multi-tool. A zipped security pocket on the rear is a feature on some trousers, but it’s often tiny and hard to get to.

Knee articulation

Some trousers are cut roomier in the knee, so they don’t tighten up as you pedal and also allow you
to wear kneepads underneath. A few trousers even have reinforced material over the knee, so if you crash, you’re less likely to skin your knees or put a hole in the material.




Like shorts, full trousers have perforations in the crotch area and extra mesh panels at the back of the knees for breathability. We’ve seen zipped vents, but another zip is just something else to go wrong.

Driveside reinforcement

Driveside reinforcement

Driveside reinforcement

Often the bottom of the right hand ankle area on some trousers there is a reinforced piece of leather or Cordura, the purpose of which is to stop the chain/chainrings cutting the trouser when you’re laying it over in a corner or pedalling.