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Best in Bottoms: Best Fall Hiking and Climbing Pants

Author: Outdoor Research

September 20, 2019

If the colder months are calling your name, our Best in Bottoms Collection is the first place you should visit to plan your fall and winter adventures. Today we’re diving into the best fall hiking and climbing pants for long, sunny, active days outside. Find your perfect fit by checking out the rest of the Best in Bottoms Collection right here.

When autumn hits, we’re sure that you’re busting out the last reserves of energy to take full advantage of whatever daylight we have left. That means long days on the trail, at the crag, and enjoying the sunshine while it lasts.

For otherworldly comfort during all-day activity, we have two recommendations that are sure to become staples in your gear closet.

Men’s Grand Ridge Pants: Stretch, smear and launch into your next climbing objective with the Grand Ridge. An all-over organic cotton construction with a dash of spandex for send-enhancing mobility plays up your favorite qualities of durable rock climbing pants, so you can play on. We’ve baked in UPF 50+ sun protection to shield your legs from the brunt of harsh sun damage.

Women’s Mystic Pants: Designed to provide complete freedom of movement for climbing, hiking, yoga, or simply kicking back and relaxing, the semi-fitted Mystic Pants are the pair you’ll want to grab for the send or for the “bottoms up.” A lightweight body lets you stretch and lunge with ease, while a wide knit waistband provides all-day comfort even while wearing your climbing harness. Each ankle cuff cinches up, allowing you to roll your Mystic legs into capris for when you need to spot a toe hold, and the back right pocket zips shut so you never have to think twice about dropping your keys or mid-route power bar.

While both of these pants are wearable year-round, they’re definitely designed for moderate temps. For something a little lighter weight and more all-in-all versatile, go with the Ferrosi Pants and Shorts. The Ferrosi soft shell has long been a best-seller and award-winner for its adaptability across any activity you throw at it, along with its lightweight weather protection. It’s the perfect piece to go straight from the climbing gym to the office, or trailhead to pub. Plus – Ferrosi comes in over 10 different styles including a jacket, hoody, shirt, and skort for ladies. Check out the entire Ferrosi Collection to see for yourself.

If it’s a little too cold for the options above, and if you need something that can stand up to serious thrashing, try on the newly updated Voodoo Pants. The technical, wicking and breathable performance of the Voodoo’s double weave soft shell construction makes them beloved for their ability to skin up a ski track one weekend and hold up to a rugged climb or hike the next.

Landed on the perfect pair of bottoms? You’ll want to make sure the rest of your kit is in sync. Here are our top picks for head-to-toe pairing with our best hiking and climbing pants for fall:

You can count on us to stoke your journey with purpose-built gear for however, wherever, and in whatever season you like to explore. Find your perfect pair by checking out the rest of our Best in Bottoms Collection right here.

Outdoor Research

Outdoor Research® is dedicated to inspiring the journey ahead with award-winning technical apparel and accessories. Based in Seattle since 1981, we are committed to improving our customer’s experience through innovative materials, purpose-driven features, and versatile products that are backed by our Infinite Guarantee®. We rely on the real-world testing of our athlete ambassadors, mountain guides, and local adventurers involved in our core sports: alpinism, rock and ice climbing, hiking, backpacking, paddling, trail running, and backcountry skiing and snowboarding. We’re here for the fun, adventure, excitement, and For the Journey Ahead™. Get to know us at or follow along on the journey via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.