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Fjallraven Vidda Pro Trousers - Women's Review

Thick, rugged hiking pants with articulated knees are stiff but built to last
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Fjallraven Vidda Pro Trousers - Women's Review (If you need hiking pants that crossover to workwear, these are for you.)
If you need hiking pants that crossover to workwear, these are for you.
Credit: Clark Tate
Price:  $170 List
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Manufacturer:   Fjallraven
By Clark Tate ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Mar 28, 2024
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RANKED
#10 of 12
  • Comfort and Mobility - 35% 4.0
  • Venting and Breathability - 20% 5.5
  • Weather Resistance - 15% 5.0
  • Construction Quality - 15% 9.0
  • Versatility and Features - 15% 7.0

Our Verdict

A smart, articulated cut and rigid fabric that's doubled up on the knees and bum make the Fjallraven Vidda Pro Trousers one of the most rugged hiking pants in the test. They're our go-to option when tackling rough terrain that requires any amount of bushwhacking. They're also great for trail building or fieldwork days when you need pockets to stow your tools and pants that can handle abrasive surfaces. While they're stiff, these pants do break in a bit. However, the difference is still subtle after a few months of wear. Articulated knees provide enough mobility to tackle most trails, though we feel a pull through the waist and hips when high stepping. Consider sizing up. If you're looking for a little more structure, protection, and longevity than most modern hiking pants provide, these are worth a look.
REASONS TO BUY
Thicker fabric is likely to last
Hardworking features
Avoids DWR and PFCs
REASONS TO AVOID
No-stretch fabric can feel restrictive
Not as easy to vent or size

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Bottom Line With less stretch than most, these rigid pants are more likely to stand up to heavy, rugged useWith soft and stretchy fabric that never inhibits your movements and thoughtful technical details, this is one awesome pair of hiking pantsA fantastic technical option for cooler, wetter weatherPants that can take you from town to the trailheadThese pants offer endless flexibility on the trail, up the mountain, or on the climbing wall
Rating Categories Fjallraven Vidda Pr... Outdoor Research Fe... Arc'teryx Gamma Pan... Prana Halle Straigh... REI Co-op Trailmade
Comfort and Mobility (35%)
4.0
9.0
8.0
8.5
9.0
Venting and Breathability (20%)
5.5
9.0
6.5
6.5
5.5
Weather Resistance (15%)
5.0
9.0
10.0
7.0
7.0
Construction Quality (15%)
9.0
8.0
9.0
7.5
5.5
Versatility and Features (15%)
7.0
8.5
10.0
9.0
8.0
Specs Fjallraven Vidda Pr... Outdoor Research Fe... Arc'teryx Gamma Pan... Prana Halle Straigh... REI Co-op Trailmade
Measured Weight (Size 6) 19 oz (size 6, 30" inseam) 9.6 oz (size 6) 11.2 oz (size 6) 11.2 oz (size 6) 8.0 oz (size 6)
Material 65% polyester (recycled), 35% cotton (organic - G1000 waxed fabric) 86% Bluesign-approved nylon (46% recycled), 14% spandex 70Dnylon/spandex plain weave 95% recycled nylon, 5% elastane 94% nylon/6% spandex
Fabric Features Wind and water resistant Water, wind resistant, quick dry, and breathable Water, wind resistant and breathable Water resistant, breathable Water resistant, quick dry, and breathable
Water Resistance Wax treatment, PFC-free PFAS-free DWR finish FCO-DWR Treatment PFAS-Free DWR finish DWR finish
Size Options and Versions 2 to 16 in 30", 32", 34" inseams 0 to 24W, in Short (29"), Reg (31"), Tall (34") 00 to 16, in Short (29"), Reg (31",) Tall (34") 00 to 16, in Short (28"), Reg (30"), Tall (34") 0P to 26W, in Petite (28.5"), Tall (34")
Sun Protection Not specified UPF 50+ Not specified UPF 50+ UPF 50+
Pants-to-Shorts Conversion Adjustable elastic ankle Cinch around ankle Cinch around ankle No Cinch around ankle
Pockets 2 hand, 2 side-thigh (snap), 2 front-thigh (snap) 2 hip, 2 back, 1 thigh 2 hand (zip), 1 side (zip) 2 hand, 1 coin, 2 back (snap), 1 thigh (zip) 2 hand, 2 back, 1 thigh (zip)
Integrated Belt No Yes, internal drawcord Yes Yes, internal drawcord Yes, internal drawcord
Other Features Double fabric on knees, articulated knees, reinforced rear Articulated knees, drawstring at waist, stretch fabric, harness-compatible waist Trim fit, straight leg, adjustable waist belt, adjustable pant cuffs, 3 inseam lengths Gusseted crotch with vent holes, articulated knees, drawstring at waist, stretch fabric Double fabric on knees and at heels, articulated knees, articulated hips, drawstring at waist, stretch fabric, cord loop at waistband
Social or Environmental Certifications Recycled polyester and organic cotton, meant to last years, optional wax treatment, PFC-free 86% Bluesign approved nylon, 46% recycled Recycled nylon fabric, raw materials made with at least 30% recycled content Recycled nylon fabric, Bluesign, PFAS-Free DWR finish Bluesign approved fabric, Climate Neutral Certified Brand, short chain perfluorinated chemical DWR treatment

Our Analysis and Test Results

After wearing the endless stretchy, fully synthetic hiking pants that make up the majority of options in this review, the rigid, poly-cotton fabric of the Fjallraven Vidda Pro Trousers can be a confusing switch. Once we broke them, we appreciated their sturdy fabric and thoughtful design and found that they're an excellent option for bushwalking adventures.

Performance Comparison


fjallraven vidda pro trousers for women - the thicker fabric and light weatherproofing of the vidda pro pants...
The thicker fabric and light weatherproofing of the Vidda Pro pants make them a good option for four-season use.
Credit: Clark Tate


Comfort and Mobility


The Vidda Pro pants feel stiff and restrictive compared to the stretchy synthetic options in the review, especially at first. After a few washings and wears, they start softening up, offering a structured comfort we came to appreciate. It's nice to feel more protected from rough rocks, brambles, and branches.


Even after finding a good fit and a few months of wear, you never forget you're wearing the Vidda Pro pants. The waistband and hips can bind when you're taking a high step, and if your weight fluctuates throughout the month, these issues will probably irritate you at times.

Articulated knees increase the non-stretch Vidda Pro pant's range of motion.
Credit: Clark Tate

These trousers remind us of non-stretched jeans, which can make it harder to find the right fit. They come in sizes 2 to 16 with a 30", 32", or 34" inseam. Our lead tester wore her normal size 6 with a 30" inseam, though some days she wished she'd gone with an 8. If you're curvy, you may end up with a larger size that gaps at the waist. Luckily, there are belt loops to help.

The articulated knees improve mobility, though they hit low on our lead tester's legs. They work well enough that the pants don't restrict our movements on relatively flat trails or those with gradual climbs. And, while you can lunge and do some basic stretching in these pants, they do not cross over into yoga or rock climbing territory.

fjallraven vidda pro trousers for women - these pants are more functional than comfortable, but give us no...
These pants are more functional than comfortable, but give us no issues on most moderate hikes.
Credit: Clark Tate

Venting and Breathability


These pants don't seem as breathable as thinner, synthetic options. Their polycotton fabric is thicker than most in the review, with double layers on the knees and bum. They're also treated with wax to provide waterproofing. When we tested them while working out at the gym, they held onto more moisture than most. They're also harder to blow air through with our lips sealed against the inner fabric, a secondary test.


The more substantial fabric rolls easily and stays in place better than many thin, slippery options. An elastic and snap-cinching system also lets you hike the pants up to your knees. We find that getting air on your lower legs does a lot to regulate your temperature.

Since they hold onto more heat overall, these pants are well-suited to cooler weather. We wore them comfortably through the winter months over a pair of long underwear. Just be sure to order a size that gives you enough room to layer.

fjallraven vidda pro trousers for women - these pants are thicker and less breathable than some we tested. the...
These pants are thicker and less breathable than some we tested. The fabric holds a roll well though, allowing you to cool off your ankles.
Credit: Clark Tate

Weather Resistance


Fjallraven calls the poly-cotton blend fabric it uses in these pants G-1000, a fabric they treat with Greenland paraffin and beeswax for water resistance. It works similarly to many of the other hiking pants' durable water repellent (DWR) treatment. Water beads up and rolls down the fabric, with a minimum soaking into the trousers. It works better for a few sprinkles or water-crossing slashes than a full-on downpour. When we tested it in the shower, it kept us dry for about 20 seconds.


You can purchase wax bars to reinvigorate the pant's water resistance at any time. A major selling point for this weather resistance is that it avoids using a chemical-based DWR coating. Traditionally, these have included toxic, forever fluorinated chemicals like PFAs, PFOAs, and PFCs. While many companies are switching to DWR coatings that they call PFC and PFA-free, using time-tested wax as waterproofing instead gracefully side-steps the issue.

fjallraven vidda pro trousers for women - the fabric blocked wind well during our sea-side weather resistance...
The fabric blocked wind well during our sea-side weather resistance testing.
Credit: Clark Tate

These pants also block the wind well. It helps that, unlike the whisper-thin versions that strong winds tend to plaster to your legs, the structure of these pants holds them away from your body. Even when the wind is cold, they hold more body-heated air around you.

fjallraven vidda pro trousers for women - a wax treatment resists initial splashes but will soak through in a...
A wax treatment resists initial splashes but will soak through in a storm.
Credit: Clark Tate

Construction Quality


We've always had good experience with Fjallraven's construction quality, and these pants fall in line. The seams have small, sturdy stitches for the most part. We are able to snag them with a paperclip, but they don't pull through or bunch the fabric. That means you're less likely to lose a big chunk of the stitching all at once.


As we've said, the thicker fabric provides some inherent durability. It resisted scrapes from the paperclip test and the many branches we bushwhacked through during field testing. When we punctured the fabric with the paperclip, the fibers slid back into place to hide the hole and there was no sign of it left behind.

fjallraven vidda pro trousers for women - sturdy fabric and stitches mean these pants are likely to last.
Sturdy fabric and stitches mean these pants are likely to last.
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The reinforced knees and bum will also help your pants stand up to your hardworking, hard-playing lifestyle. While the top button for the fly sits on a wobbly stem, it didn't show signs of failure. The zipper seems solid, the hem cinches work well, and the six pockets, which we'll discuss more below, are brawny and (hooray!) useful.

Perhaps our biggest construction complaint is the lack of flexibility in the design. Sizing up might help, but it might also be helpful to add a gusset in the crotch to provide a bit more room to move.

fjallraven vidda pro trousers for women - since we don't often use rear pockets, we don't mind that these...
Since we don't often use rear pockets, we don't mind that these pants skip them.
Credit: Clark Tate

Versatility and Features


The Vidda Pro Trousers earn a respectable versatility score because they work well in weather ranging from warm to downright frigid and in situations ranging from casual hikes to backpacking trips and trail-building days. They also offer impressive features that are built as ruggedly as the rest of the pants.


While the Vidda Pro Trousers are one of the few options in the test that don't include an integrated belt or waistband, it makes sense that they don't. The stiff fabric wouldn't respond well. Since long backpacking trips can whittle your waistline surprisingly quickly, and soft, stretchy hiking pants can stretch out, it makes sense for many of the other pants in the review. These pants will stay in place longer. They also include belt loops if needed.

fjallraven vidda pro trousers for women - belt loops let you customize the fit of these pants.
Belt loops let you customize the fit of these pants.
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Fjallraven tends to do a good job with its pockets, and these pants are no exception. They skip putting pockets on your rear, which is fine with us since we rarely find them useful. Instead, they offer three larger pockets on your thighs. They're nicely placed, and the fabric is stiff enough to support the weight of the usual suspects—your phone, a map, a multitool, snacks, etc. Sturdy snaps keep your stuff safe.

fjallraven vidda pro trousers for women - the roomy right thigh pocket has an internal organizational gasket...
The roomy right thigh pocket has an internal organizational gasket, which is about the perfect size for a multi-tool.
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The two hand warmer pockets are functional and comfortable. A tall and narrow sixth pocket on your left side seems to be the axe holder the company mentions. A snap at the bottom seems useless until you figure out that it opens the bottom of the pocket to let a handle slide through. It works, but only with [axe | axes that don't have a flared handle].

fjallraven vidda pro trousers for women - the main pocket is large enough for a phone, a small notebook, and...
The main pocket is large enough for a phone, a small notebook, and then some.
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The pant's reinforced knees have an opening at the bottom to slide knee pads into, solidifying their status as crossover work pants. The rear is also reinforced for longevity. A cinching system at the hem uses snaps and elastic to help keep ticks or sawdust out. It also lets you roll the legs up a bit if you like. Boot hooks in the hem help seal your ankles to keep out snow or dirt. Fjallraven claims they are easy to repair if you use them to death.

fjallraven vidda pro trousers for women - a metal hook in the hem attaches to your shoelaces to keep debris...
A metal hook in the hem attaches to your shoelaces to keep debris out of your hiking boots.
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Should You Buy the Fjallraven Vidda Pro Trousers?


If you like hard work, hiking, and pants that will last, these are a great choice. These are also a good choice if you like hiking pants to offer more structure and protection from off-trail, bush-wacking adventures. If you want your hiking pants to feel like yoga tights, almost any other pants in the review would be a better pick. They are pricey, but likely to last long enough to justify the investment.

fjallraven vidda pro trousers for women - these are excellent year-round hiking pants if you don't need your...
These are excellent year-round hiking pants if you don't need your entire range of motion.
Credit: Clark Tate

What Other Hiking Pants Should You Consider?


If you'd like a more flexible, comfy pair of pants that will still offer some protection from thorns and brambles, the REI Co-op Sahara Convertible are more substantial than many options. They also have a looser cut, which makes it less likely that a thorn in the fabric will mean a thorn in your thigh, and they're quite a bit cheaper. The Prana Halle Straight Pants II and Kuhl Freeflex Roll-Up Pants are also a bit thicker than most, providing more structure and protection. If you want a more technical pair of pants that can handle high steps, some bushwalking, and cooler weather, see the Arc'teryx Gamma Pant.

Clark Tate