If you regularly read our blog, you’ll likely have noticed by now that trousers are right at the top of our “most important list”. Whether you are hiking up a hill, camping by a lake or out for a stroll, you’ll want a pair of trousers that protect you against the weather, wick away moisture and release excess heat, all while at the same time allowing you to move around freely.

That is quite a lot of work that one pair of trousers needs to accomplish. Therefore, it is super important to get the right fit, to make sure that all the fantastic features that go in to a good pair of trousers can do their job properly. For women, getting the right fit can sometimes be more of a challenge since we vary a lot more in shape than most men. Thankfully there are a range of different fits to accommodate all shapes and sizes.

Fit

Many of the brands we stock offer their trousers in a range of fits, with the most common being regular, curve and slim. All the technical features in the trousers remain the same but they are tailored slightly to accommodate for different body types. The regular style is the most straightforward, with a fairly straight cut and loose fit to allow you to wear them with a base layer in colder weather. The slim cut does exactly what it says on the tin and suits those that prefer a closer fit – but don’t think that a slimmer fit means more restriction on movement, a good slim trekking trouser will feature stretch panels in all the right places. 

The curve is a more technical cut. It is more generous over the rear and thighs to accommodate for pear and hourglass shapes which are common in a lot of women. This ensures the trousers are comfortable and flexible to make sure you can easily jump over streams and boulders when out on a hike. Tailoring trousers in this way, to suit specific shapes, eliminates the issues of excess material in awkward spots, so you’ll never have to get annoyed at extra fabric bunching up and getting caught. 

Length

Leg length is something that differs enormously from person to person– some people have long torsos and short legs, some the other way around, so a trouser that comes in general sizes like an 8, 10, 12 etc. won’t really cut it if you want maximum protection and comfort. Brands like Lundhags offer trousers in short, regular and long options, making them suitable to a wider range of body types.

The most adaptable is a raw leg length and is more common in brands like Fjällräven. If you were to try on a pair of raw leg trousers without knowing much about them, you would think they were made for a giant- but they are deliberately over generous in length, with raw endings, so that you can easily tailor them specifically to suit your own needs. A wee bit more extra work but it is a nice way to really make the trousers your own.

Waist

Personally, I think the waist is a really important one. Most trekking trousers won’t go lower than a mid-waist and not only does this increase comfort, it also protects you from the elements. If you are bending down to start a fire or set up your tent your top might ride up a bit, so a mid waist will keep your lower back covered and warm. Some trousers come in a high waist – great for taller women but also great when wearing a backpack. As great as backpacks are, they can bunch up your top which risks exposing your skin to rubbing and the weather – a high waist saves the day!

Drawstring waists, like the one in Fjallraven’s trekking tights, means the waist can easily be adjusted to suit specific body types. 

Gone are the days of old when tailoring clothes to suit each individual was the norm but by offering different cuts and fits, it is still possible to get a good fitting pair of trousers that will ensure you can have maximum fun outdoors without having to worry about discomfort.