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  • Soft-shell fabric has a smooth, durable nylon exterior that layers easily and resists rain and wind
  • Zip fly with snap closure; low profile belt loops
  • Zip pockets offer secure storage
  • Articulated knees and a center gusset let you move freely
  • Bonded hems resist abrasion

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Specs

Best Use Hiking
Fabric 46% nylon/39% polyester/15% spandex
Sun-Protective Fabric Yes
UPF Rating 50
Quick Drying Yes
Pants Rise Mid
Inseam (in.) 32.5
Gender Women's

Size chart

Sizing notes

Some women's pants are available in petite and tall sizes. Typically petite sizes fit women 4'11" to 5'3". Regular sizes fit women 5'4" to 5'8". Tall sizes fit women 5'9" to 5'11". PETITE: Generally, as compared to regular sizes, petite sizes are 2.5 inches shorter in inseam and ¾ inch shorter in total rise. TALL: tall sizes are 3 inches longer in inseam and 1 inch longer in total rise.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth Every Penny! Perfect piece to use to layer in the colder weather! I couldn't imagine trying to hike in the winter months with heavy snow pants so I thought I would try layering one or two pairs of under armor with a water resistant, wind resistant outer shell. These pants are PERFECT for that. The fit is great as well, they are flattering to the figure but just loose enough without being baggy and cumbersome to hike long distances in. The material is high quality and the color is beautiful. Like many other people who wrote reviews I wish they came in more colors so I could by a second or third pair! I'm also planning to try them out for cold weather kayaking soon which I assume they will work well for.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable and Durable The best features are that they are superbly comfortable and functional in all weather. I have been wearing them in snowstorms and have continuity of function while blazing through deep snow. The side pockets have zippers and the pocket insides are water resistant. The snaps are rugged and the style is slimming yet does not feel tight or restricting. These are so comfortable that I could wear them for every day wear. I have the petites and they are the perfect length for me. I do not like shopping for pants because they do not fit me properly and I need to have them altered. Not the case with these pants. Perfect fit right off the rack. Size 12 petite and I am 5'3".
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Pants- just TOO short for me The pants fit great, felt amazing. Just sad that they are too short and I will return them. They do make a petite in these, just no tall :-( I am just under 5'8" and these are just too short for me. I am hoping they end up making a tall, but this is a common thing I face. Just not sure why petite are made and not talls ---hopefully that will change in the future because if they did I would buy several pairs!
Date published: 2016-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Marching band comfort I bought this a few weeks ago in anticaption of a Winston-Salem marching band competition, all day at the school in the parking lot and stadium. W-S competitions are notorious for windy events. I needed something that would keep me warm and comfortable for a long day at the school. They felt great, kept me warm. Only complaint is the buttons at the waist. Large and very secure, but a bit hard to open. Can't say enough about them, they were worth every penny.
Date published: 2016-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from happy, tall, FL wimp right here! I have used these pant for SO much cool/cold weather fun since I bought them last year; they have FANTASTIC stretch without falling off my butt when I squat (size 4), or catching around my knees. They given you some wind breaking comfort and they are durable! No snags or pilling like my Colombia pants so they are great for hiking and bouldering. They are water repellent which made canoeing in the winter in FL (50 degree day without sun) fun instead of miserable. I even used them for Xcountry skiing in Utah with a long underwear layer and they worked great to keep the snow off me and remained intact after I took a tumble onto dirt/ice. They are breathable but I start to sweat in them once the temp reaches 75+ I am 5'10" 135lbs and these pants in tall fit me so well I get compliments on them. They hang just past the back of my hiking boots which is ideal me keeping warm. They are a bit pricey for me but I have gotten my money's worth!
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most comfortable hiking pants ever! This is the most comfortable pair of hiking pants that I have ever owned! I love the fact that these come in petites since I am only 5'1"! I ordered a size 2 which is the smallest size available and the waist is rather large so I ended up buying a belt at REI to make the waist fit right. Please REI make more colors in these pants, I would buy one or two in every color available (petites of course)!
Date published: 2016-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice! Just a couple of concerns. The fit and fabric of these pants are 5 star. They are my favorite for almost any occasion. Heads up about another review in which the writer says that she needed help to get the snaps open. I noticed that it was a struggle in the store to get these pants off. I thought stiff snaps would get better with time or I could use a mild lubricant. I'm not sure sure about the future but they have not gotten worse after a couple of months. My other concern is about the light gray REI logo on the left leg. Why am I a walking ad for REI? Especially in a item in this higher price range. The light gray distracts the eye and makes the logo look like a spill. When I touch the area, again my brain says "spill", of something sticky.
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Perfect for backpacking... if only they fit Fabric is lovely, pants are lightweight and easy to move in, but the whole point of the pants - light weight and ease of movement - is negated by the necessity of a belt because a size two is quite a lot larger than a minimum size should be. I'm not THAT skinny, at 5'8 and ~120 pounds, but the 2 is a full size too large even with a base layer. REI, please start recalibrate your sizing or start selling smaller sizes! These pants in a 0 would be perfect! Would recommend to a slightly larger friend though.
Date published: 2016-12-27
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How waterproof are these? Would I still need to purchase the Talusphere pants? 

Asked by: Mamabear365
These pants are water resistant, soft-shell pants, they are not waterproof.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-23

They make a petite in this, will a tall/long come out???? Just asking because I LOVE the pants, but am returning them because I need a couple more inches in length.

Asked by: skelton
The women's Activator Soft-Shell Pants are available in a tall, linked below: https://www.rei.com/product/100018/rei-activator-soft-shell-pants-womens-tall
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-07-19
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Size chart

Sizing notes

Some women's pants are available in petite and tall sizes. Typically petite sizes fit women 4'11" to 5'3". Regular sizes fit women 5'4" to 5'8". Tall sizes fit women 5'9" to 5'11". PETITE: Generally, as compared to regular sizes, petite sizes are 2.5 inches shorter in inseam and ¾ inch shorter in total rise. TALL: tall sizes are 3 inches longer in inseam and 1 inch longer in total rise.

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth Every Penny! Perfect piece to use to layer in the colder weather! I couldn't imagine trying to hike in the winter months with heavy snow pants so I thought I would try layering one or two pairs of under armor with a water resistant, wind resistant outer shell. These pants are PERFECT for that. The fit is great as well, they are flattering to the figure but just loose enough without being baggy and cumbersome to hike long distances in. The material is high quality and the color is beautiful. Like many other people who wrote reviews I wish they came in more colors so I could by a second or third pair! I'm also planning to try them out for cold weather kayaking soon which I assume they will work well for.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable and Durable The best features are that they are superbly comfortable and functional in all weather. I have been wearing them in snowstorms and have continuity of function while blazing through deep snow. The side pockets have zippers and the pocket insides are water resistant. The snaps are rugged and the style is slimming yet does not feel tight or restricting. These are so comfortable that I could wear them for every day wear. I have the petites and they are the perfect length for me. I do not like shopping for pants because they do not fit me properly and I need to have them altered. Not the case with these pants. Perfect fit right off the rack. Size 12 petite and I am 5'3".
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Pants- just TOO short for me The pants fit great, felt amazing. Just sad that they are too short and I will return them. They do make a petite in these, just no tall :-( I am just under 5'8" and these are just too short for me. I am hoping they end up making a tall, but this is a common thing I face. Just not sure why petite are made and not talls ---hopefully that will change in the future because if they did I would buy several pairs!
Date published: 2016-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Marching band comfort I bought this a few weeks ago in anticaption of a Winston-Salem marching band competition, all day at the school in the parking lot and stadium. W-S competitions are notorious for windy events. I needed something that would keep me warm and comfortable for a long day at the school. They felt great, kept me warm. Only complaint is the buttons at the waist. Large and very secure, but a bit hard to open. Can't say enough about them, they were worth every penny.
Date published: 2016-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from happy, tall, FL wimp right here! I have used these pant for SO much cool/cold weather fun since I bought them last year; they have FANTASTIC stretch without falling off my butt when I squat (size 4), or catching around my knees. They given you some wind breaking comfort and they are durable! No snags or pilling like my Colombia pants so they are great for hiking and bouldering. They are water repellent which made canoeing in the winter in FL (50 degree day without sun) fun instead of miserable. I even used them for Xcountry skiing in Utah with a long underwear layer and they worked great to keep the snow off me and remained intact after I took a tumble onto dirt/ice. They are breathable but I start to sweat in them once the temp reaches 75+ I am 5'10" 135lbs and these pants in tall fit me so well I get compliments on them. They hang just past the back of my hiking boots which is ideal me keeping warm. They are a bit pricey for me but I have gotten my money's worth!
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most comfortable hiking pants ever! This is the most comfortable pair of hiking pants that I have ever owned! I love the fact that these come in petites since I am only 5'1"! I ordered a size 2 which is the smallest size available and the waist is rather large so I ended up buying a belt at REI to make the waist fit right. Please REI make more colors in these pants, I would buy one or two in every color available (petites of course)!
Date published: 2016-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice! Just a couple of concerns. The fit and fabric of these pants are 5 star. They are my favorite for almost any occasion. Heads up about another review in which the writer says that she needed help to get the snaps open. I noticed that it was a struggle in the store to get these pants off. I thought stiff snaps would get better with time or I could use a mild lubricant. I'm not sure sure about the future but they have not gotten worse after a couple of months. My other concern is about the light gray REI logo on the left leg. Why am I a walking ad for REI? Especially in a item in this higher price range. The light gray distracts the eye and makes the logo look like a spill. When I touch the area, again my brain says "spill", of something sticky.
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Perfect for backpacking... if only they fit Fabric is lovely, pants are lightweight and easy to move in, but the whole point of the pants - light weight and ease of movement - is negated by the necessity of a belt because a size two is quite a lot larger than a minimum size should be. I'm not THAT skinny, at 5'8 and ~120 pounds, but the 2 is a full size too large even with a base layer. REI, please start recalibrate your sizing or start selling smaller sizes! These pants in a 0 would be perfect! Would recommend to a slightly larger friend though.
Date published: 2016-12-27
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Questions & Answers

How waterproof are these? Would I still need to purchase the Talusphere pants? 

Asked by: Mamabear365
These pants are water resistant, soft-shell pants, they are not waterproof.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-23

They make a petite in this, will a tall/long come out???? Just asking because I LOVE the pants, but am returning them because I need a couple more inches in length.

Asked by: skelton
The women's Activator Soft-Shell Pants are available in a tall, linked below: https://www.rei.com/product/100018/rei-activator-soft-shell-pants-womens-tall
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-07-19
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