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women's hiking pants with decent pockets??

Are there any good hiking pants out there that actually have useable pockets? Why do pants makers not realize women need to carry things too.

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@hannah_sc it sure does seem that many of the women's pants have pretty shallow pockets (especially when compared to similar men's styles). In some ways, I appreciate the more streamlined styling, however there have been many instances where I've wished for bigger, deeper pockets. To compensate, I have resurrected the seemingly-cool-again fanny pack, which allows me to bring along my phone, keys and a small snack - not a perfect solution to inadequate pant pockets, but an option nonetheless!

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Just for grins, consider trying on men’s pants when in the store or order online, with the thought of taking back if not satisfied 

I have been advised by several ladies who do this and also have been chastised by ladies who say this is heresy! LOL

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This is going to seem an odd answer. My Wife “borrowed” my 5.11 Tactical Pants. They fit her perfectly. Not too heavy ripstop material, super rugged. Made for Police, usable pockets everywhere, even pockets in pockets. Her favorite pants for hiking/camping.


I think the pocket situation on the REI brand Sahara Guide pants to be pretty generous, I was impressed when I first tried them on.  Sizeable front pockets, functional (!!!) back pockets, and a zip pocket down the side of one pant leg.  It does depend on your definition of adequate, but they definitely fit mine. 

... she said, dubiously.

5.11 tactical has some awesome cargo pants for women that are comfortable to hike in. They are durable, they have 4-6 “man” pockets depending on the pair, and they fit very well. I have a pair and I use them for some of my more rigid hikes that I know the trail is not the best kept and I’m usually brushing by lots of weeds, bushes, branches, etc. 

Would definitely recommend, kinda on the expensive side. A typical pair is between $45-65. 

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I just came across this article, and remembered this post, so I had to look it up and share this with anyone experiencing the same issues (which I think is almost all the ladies out there).


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There is a company that is size inclusive and makes leggings with huge pockets: PopFit. I have at least 6 pairs of leggings from them and they are great on the trail if you are a legging lover. Otherwise I also have a pair of Women's Plus Breezeshooter Slim Leg Pants that are super breathable and have a few good sized pockets, including one that zippers closed on my right thigh. 


Whoops, forgot to say where the breezeshooter pants are from! They are Duluth Trading Co 🙂 


I like to wear capris length pants with lots of pockets when I backpack.  While in the Grand Canyon a few weeks ago, I ripped the seat of my last pair.  As we have more backpacking adventures coming up, I've been on the hunt for new pairs.  I stumbled across some on Amazon that also come in long pants lengths (though not long enough for my 36in inseem).  I received my first pair on Monday.  They don't have back pockets which is fine with me as I don't like the feeling of them when I'm sitting.  They do have pockets in the normal place in the front and they are deep and wide (about the same size as those on my men's Carhardts) with a zipper closure.  They also have side cargo pockets on both legs with zipper closures.  These are not as big as the ones on my Carhardts, but they are deep enough to put in my smart phone and probably wide enough for 2 of them, so decent size.  The material is water resistant, and the waste is elastic with a drawstring so no belt and belt loops to be under a backpack belt which is a good thing.  Not sure yet how they will holdup as the polyester/spandex material is not real heavy but I'm going to give them a try.  If you'd like to investigate, here's the link:  Libin women's cargo hiking pants 

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