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Eddie Bauer Women's Guide Pro Pants Review

These technically superior pants are great for travel and hot or wet weather, but we find the fit tricky to nail
Eddie Bauer Women's Guide Pro Pants
Credit: Eddie Bauer
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Price:  $80 List | $69.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Clean style lines, resists rain and wind well, dries very quickly
Cons:  Waist-to-thigh ratio is hard to nail, no integrated belt
Manufacturer:   Eddie Bauer
By Clark Tate ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Jul 1, 2022
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#7 of 15
  • Comfort and Mobility - 35% 6.0
  • Venting And Breathability - 20% 8.0
  • Weather Resistance - 15% 8.0
  • Features - 15% 6.0
  • Versatility - 15% 8.0

Our Verdict

Eddie Bauer has created an impressive pair of hiking pants in the Guide Pro. Soft with plenty of stretch to keep up with you on the trail, they’re easy to wear, and their technical features are excellent. A durable water repellant finish (DWR) kept water at bay longer than almost any other pant in the test. They also dry in a flash, have a UPF rating of 50+, and do a decent job of blocking out cold winds. They look pretty good too, though the prominent logo placement screams sportswear. Their fit is harder to nail than some, with some gapping in the waist for our lead tester and there is no integrated belt to tweak the fit. We do love that they offer plus, petite, tall, and regular sizes. As long as you make sure the size you order works for you, we think you’ll love these quick-dry hikers.

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Pros Clean style lines, resists rain and wind well, dries very quicklyVery comfortable, versatile, wind and water resilientMobile, wide range of fit options, vents and breaths wonderfully, good pocketsIncredibly light, soft with endless stretch, breathable, DWR finishLightweight, easy to move in, breathable
Cons Waist-to-thigh ratio is hard to nail, no integrated beltFit can be hard to perfect, not as breathable as the previous versionDoesn't block the wind, not a great style around townNot the most flattering, low rise can be uncomfortableMaterial pills, front pockets are small, sizing is off
Bottom Line These technically superior pants are great for travel and hot or wet weather, but we find the fit tricky to nailWith their endless mobility, comfortable details, and technical abilities, these are our favorite overall women's hiking pantsThese 2-in-1 convertible hiking pants work wonderfully, providing great breathability and excellent valueIncredibly soft, flowy, and stretchy, these pants are comfortable, except for the low rise, which can make the crotch feel tightA lightweight, breathable, and weather resistant pair of pants that perform adequately to get you out on the trails without spending a ton
Rating Categories Eddie Bauer Women's... Outdoor Research Fe... REI Co-op Sahara Co... Mountain Hardwear D... Columbia Saturday T...
Comfort and Mobility (35%)
6.0
9.0
7.0
8.0
5.0
Venting And Breathability (20%)
8.0
8.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
Weather Resistance (15%)
8.0
7.0
6.0
6.0
7.0
Features (15%)
6.0
7.0
9.0
6.0
4.0
Versatility (15%)
8.0
7.0
5.0
6.0
4.0
Specs Eddie Bauer Women's... Outdoor Research Fe... REI Co-op Sahara Co... Mountain Hardwear D... Columbia Saturday T...
Measured Weight, Size Regular 9.9 oz 9.5 oz 12 oz 4.1 oz 9.2 oz
Size options and versions 0 to 16, Petite, Regular, Tall, Plus 0 to 14 0 to 26w, Petitie, Regular, Plus, Tall XS - XL 2 to 24w Short, Regular, Plus, Long
Fabric 96% nylon/4% spandex 86% bluesign nylon (46% recylce), 14% spandex 90D stretch woven ripstop 96% recycled nylon/4% spandex 94% Nylon, 6% Elastane Omni-Shield Summiteer Lite 96% Nylon, 4% Elastane
Fabric Features 2-way Flexion stretch, water resistant Quick-dry Quick dry Ultralight Omni-Shield advanced repellency
DWR Finish? Yes No Yes Yes No
UPF? UPF 50+ UPF 50+ UPF 50+ No rating UPF 50
Pockets 2 hand, 2 cargo (zip) 2 hip, 2 back, 1 cargo 2 hand, 2 back, 2 cargo 2 side, 1 rear, 1 zippered thigh 2 hand, 1 side (zip), 2 back (Velcro)
Zip-Off or Roll-Up? No Roll-up cinch cuffs Zip-off Roll-up Roll-up
Integrated Belt? No Yes Yes, internal drawcord No No
Fit Features Mid rise, slightly curvy thighs Gusseted crotch, articulated knees, drawstring at waist, stretch fabric, harness-compatible waist Mid rise, convert to shorts, relaxed fit, straight leg, 2 inseam lengths Three inseam length options, elastic waist, stretch fabric Gusseted crotch, mid rise, straight leg, convertible to capris
Social or Environmental Certifications Bluesign approved materials 86% is bluesign approved nylon (46% is recycled) Contains materials that meet the bluesign® criteria
Contains recycled materials

Our Analysis and Test Results

If your go-to outdoor activities are water-based, or you live in a wet and wild climate, we highly recommend these pants. The DWR finish does a good job of keeping quick splashes and light rain at bay (for a while). But where these pants truly shine is in how fast they dry, making them one of the best in the test. Their breathability and UPF of 50+ also make them a good pick for warmer weather.

Performance Comparison


Eddie Bauer Women's Guide Pro Pants hiking pants - the guide pro pants can handle a lot of weather. they breathe well...
The Guide Pro pants can handle a lot of weather. They breathe well and block the sun when it's warm out and keep the wind and rain at bay on blustery days.
Credit: Clark Tate

Comfort and Mobility


Our lead tester is in between sizes 4 and 6 at the moment. She went with a size 6 in these pants. They are comfortable through the thighs but loose around the waist. While roomy, they work pretty well. Waist ties aren’t the most exciting accessory, but they would give us a little more flexibility in this case.

Eddie Bauer Women's Guide Pro Pants hiking pants - the pants fit in the thighs but were loose in the waist. without an...
The pants fit in the thighs but were loose in the waist. Without an integrated drawstring, they sat low on our hips. They work, but it's not ideal.
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These pants claim to be cut for curves, with more room through the bum and hips. We appreciate that, but you can usually achieve the effect by sizing up. The challenge is often having room in the thighs and having a waist that fits. The pants work okay for our lead tester, who has a curvy/athletic build, despite the sizing issue. But they may not be right for everyone.

They also stretch when you wear them as often as you’d like to between washes, which is another reason to consider sizing down if you’re in between. Though a little loose, they’re still pretty comfortable when sitting low slung on the hips. And you can always buy a belt.

We wear these pants to yoga, bouldering sessions, sea kayaking tours, dog walks, and, of course, hikes. Their mobility is excellent, but their comfort is only average due to the less-than-perfect fit. The loose waist left us pulling them up often.

What we really appreciate is how many sizing options Eddie Bauer offers. These pants come in plus, regular, petite, and tall sizes, making it more likely that you can nail the fit if you try a few sizes. The 32-inch inseam on the regular cut is a little long for many of our testers. Though the light fabric and straight cut make these pants easy to roll up, it is a little annoying. The fact that they’re a little loose exacerbates the issue.

Eddie Bauer Women's Guide Pro Pants hiking pants - the regular inseams were a little long, but fine. you can roll the...
The regular inseams were a little long, but fine. You can roll the hems, but the pants don't include any straps to hold them in place.
Credit: Clark Tate

Two-way stretch fabric stretches side to side and on the diagonal but is pretty rigid vertically, as in running from your waist to your feet. We find that this level of stretch is plenty for our adventure needs and seems to keep them from sagging so they keep their clean lines longer.

The crotch isn’t gusseted, meaning that four seams meet without an extra triangle of fabric to make the pants more three-dimensional. It doesn’t seem to hold us back. It’s just that every pair of pants we find incredibly comfortable has one. We find these fairly comfortable. There is a difference.

The 96% nylon and 4% spandex detail fabric is soft and feels nice against your skin. The pants don’t have any of the cushy features that other options have, like a microfleece lining in the waistband, but we don’t miss it. The mid-rise is great. We think it’s the most comfortable and practical option.

Eddie Bauer Women's Guide Pro Pants hiking pants - from high steps to yoga, these pants never got in our way.
From high steps to yoga, these pants never got in our way.
Credit: Clark Tate

Venting and Breathability


Many hiking pants encourage you to roll up your hems when it’s hot out by adding straps to hold the rolls in place. The Guide Pro doesn't do this. The light fabric rolls up easily and has enough structure that they don’t unroll themselves easily. This is less true when the pants are wet. Of course, when it’s raining or you're wet, you’re probably less concerned about the heat.

Eddie Bauer Women's Guide Pro Pants hiking pants - these pants breathed well when we worked hard, from muggy rainy days...
These pants breathed well when we worked hard, from muggy rainy days to hot and sunny ones.
Credit: Clark Tate

The fabric also seems highly breathable, meaning that the warm air and sweat you generate while you're hiking can escape. We’ve really enjoyed these pants on hotter, muggier days.

Weather Resistance


Between the breathability of the light and thin fabric and the 50+ UPF sun protection, these pants treat you right in hot and sunny weather. Though the darker color we tested isn’t the best in these conditions.

Eddie Bauer doesn’t claim that these pants offer any resistance to the wind, but we feel they do a decent job of blocking it. That’s great news for the mountains or shoulder seasons when temperatures can drop quickly and unexpectedly. Our favorite hiking pants block wind and breath well, letting you shed heat when you need to while keeping out external chills. These pants perform fairly well at this task.

Eddie Bauer Women's Guide Pro Pants hiking pants - the dwr treatment worked to bead up light rain, and these pants kept...
The DWR treatment worked to bead up light rain, and these pants kept our legs dry the longest in our "downpour" shower test.
Credit: Clark Tate

They do let some wind in though, and they are thin. That means these pants are best suited to warmer weather. The company does make a fleece-lined version for colder temps.

Eddie Bauer uses its mid-range durable water repellant (DWR) finish on these pants. The coating keeps droplets from soaking in right away. As a result, the Guide Pro does well in light rain.

They aren’t waterproof, so you do get wet when it pours. But they did keep us dry longer during our shower test than almost any other pant in the review. They also dry faster than the rest, making them a favorite for rainy weather and water sports.

Features


The Guide Pro pants are straightforward with minimal features and absolutely no bells and whistles. They have belt loops and pockets, and that’s it. We don’t have a lot to say about the belt loops. We don’t love wearing a belt when hiking, but it works. Since these pants don’t have an internal drawstring, and their waist can stretch out, you might need one.

These pants have four pockets, two hand pockets, and two zippered, outer-thigh pockets. None of them are big enough to fully swallow a smartphone with a case. That’s a bummer since you could almost always use a secure pocket to stash one in. You can carry your phone in them, you just can’t zip them up when you do.

Eddie Bauer Women's Guide Pro Pants hiking pants - the front pockets are big enough to shield your hands from the wind...
The front pockets are big enough to shield your hands from the wind. they aren't good for much else.
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The pockets are mesh, which keeps them light and keeps air circulating. They’re pretty comfortable for your hands, and the hand pockets are just big enough to hold yours. They aren’t that useful, but when you’re hands get cold, you won’t be sorry that you have them.

We tend to like having zippered pockets on the outside of our thighs. It’s one of the most comfortable places to add bulk to your pants when you’re walking. The Guide Pro’s versions are big enough for your credit card and ID, some cash, and maybe a granola bar.

Eddie Bauer Women's Guide Pro Pants hiking pants - though well-placed and secure with a zipper, the thigh pockets...
Though well-placed and secure with a zipper, the thigh pockets aren't large enough to carry much.
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Versatility


Since we realized halfway through the test that we may have purchased these pants a size larger than we should have, they don’t fit like a glove. That looseness can feel frumpy. But they don’t seem to look it. We got a few compliments while wearing them and were often pleasantly surprised when we caught our reflection in a mirror.

These pants could pass as casual workwear, though the logo on the front of your left thigh kind of gives the game away. But we could definitely see traveling with them given that they offer passable style, are easy to pack, and dry quickly after a was.

Eddie Bauer Women's Guide Pro Pants hiking pants - these sleek pants look good and work well for a wide range of...
These sleek pants look good and work well for a wide range of outdoor adventures.
Credit: Clark Tate

The mid-rise helps the pants work well under a harness or backpack strap. While they aren’t our first choice for a yoga class, they certainly move and breathe well enough to work.

Value


This is about what you pay for hiking pants these days, and we think these will last longer than most. We can’t see any sign of the hikes, climbs, yard work, or dog jumps these pants have sustained. That increases their value tremendously. We also think you’ll find more occasions to wear these pants than just when you’re hiking. Their style is inoffensive enough to creep into your daily wardrobe, and definitely into your travel capsule.

The nylon and spandex fabric is bluesign certified, and having your clothes leave you with more healthy environments to explore seems like a bonus. We don’t love that Eddie Bauer couldn’t tell us if the DWR treatment used on these pants contains PFAs though. If you value reducing toxic chemicals, there are other pants that claim to.

Conclusion


These minimalist hiking pants have a sophistication that adds to their style and seems to focus on the task at hand, keeping you comfortable outside. From their durability to their breathability to their quick-drying, wrinkle-resistant nature, these pants will keep you comfortable, so you can focus on fun.

Eddie Bauer Women's Guide Pro Pants hiking pants - we're impressed by the technical capabilities of these pants. though...
We're impressed by the technical capabilities of these pants. Though the fit isn't perfect, it certainly works.
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