Vuori Ripstop - Women's Review
Cons: Tight waistband, the fabric doesn't move well, the front tie can look odd, style is not for all
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|Pros||Trendy, high-quality, durable fabric, flattering cut||All-day comfort, versatile, breathable, wind-resistant||Mobile, wide range of fit options, shed water easily, excellent pockets||Feminine fit, many adjustment options, great movement, comfortable||Lightweight, easy to move in, breathable|
|Cons||Tight waistband, the fabric doesn't move well, the front tie can look odd, style is not for all||Can be long, snug in the thighs, tie at the ankle isn’t the best||Button doesn’t appear to be durable, limited color options||Weak buttons, small pockets||Material pills, front pockets are small, sizing is off|
|Bottom Line||We feel put together in these trendy pants but they were more like stiff jeans than dedicated hiking pants||With their endless mobility, comfortable details, and technical chops, these pants are up for any adventure||A great bargain for a convertible hiking pant the does it all||These are great pants for colder hikes, rock climbing, and bike commutes from the office to the trail||A lightweight, breathable, and weather resistant pair of pants that perform adequately to get you out on the trails without spending a ton|
|Rating Categories||Vuori Ripstop - Wom...||Ferrosi Pant||Sahara Convertible||Prana Halle - Women's||Saturday Trail Stretch|
|Comfort And Mobility (35%)|
|Venting And Breathability (20%)|
|Weather Resistance (15%)|
|Specs||Vuori Ripstop - Wom...||Ferrosi Pant||Sahara Convertible||Prana Halle - Women's||Saturday Trail Stretch|
|Measured Weight, Size Regular (oz)||9.5 oz||9.6 oz||12.0 oz||9.2 oz|
|Size options and versions||XS - XL||0 to 14||0 to 22w, Petitie, Regular, Plus, Tall||00 to 22w, Short, Regular, Tall||2 to 24w Short, Regular, Plus, Long|
|Fabric||98% cotton/2% elastane||86% ripstop, 14% spandex 90D stretch woven ripstop||Nylon||97% nylon, 3% spandex||Omni-Shield Summiteer Lite 96% Nylon, 4% Elastane|
|Fabric Features||Dura Terra||Quick-dry||Quick dry||Water, and abrasion-resistant||Omni-Shield advanced repellency|
|UPF?||No rating||UPF 50+||UPF 50+||UPF 50||UPF 50|
|Pockets||2 zippered back, 2 front||2 hip, 2 back, 1 cargo||2 hand, 2 back, 2 cargo||2 hand, 1 thigh (zip), 2 back (button)||2 hand, 1 side (zip), 2 back (Velcro)|
|Zip-Off or Roll-Up?||Roll-up||Roll-up||Zip-off||Roll-up, available as zip-off||Roll-up|
|Integrated Belt?||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes, internal drawcord||No|
|Fit Features||Slight elastic waist, drawstring at waist||Gusseted crotch, articulated knees, drawstring at waist, stretch fabric||Gusseted crotch, mid rise, convert to shorts||Articulated knees, mid-rise, relaxed fit, 3 inseam lengths||Gusseted crotch, mid rise, straight leg, convertible to capris|
|Social or Environmental Certifications||98% recyled cotton, Vuori offsets 100% of carbon emissions|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Comfort and Mobility
The 98% cotton, 2% elastane Dura Terra fabric has two-way stretch. It's plenty for the type of casual hiking that entails walking through the woods on flat and mellow trails, but we don't love these pants for activities that demand a wider range of motion. They also lack details like a gusseted crotch or articulated knees that would give you more room to move within such an unforgiving fabric envelope.
The pants are cut like a slim jogger and Vuori recommends sizing up if you like more room in the legs. Our lead tester is 5'6" and 130 pounds with a curvy/athletic figure. She wears size 4 to 6 pants for most brands. She found the size small pants to be slim but flattering through the thighs.
The tricky bit to fit is in the waist. Vuori lists it as elastic, and there is a smidge of give, but calling it elastic is generous. (Seriously, we couldn't even measure a meaningful difference between the waistline at rest and fully stretched out.) It's fine when standing, but cuts into our lead tester's midsection when seated or during some yoga/athletic moves. We definitely recommend sizing up if you ever find your normal size restrictive. There is a lot more room to snug up the waistline with the integrated drawcord than there is give in the elastic to take a deep breath.
Venting and Breathability
These pants don't vent, and the cuffs are too tight to roll up very far. So you're stuck relying on the breathability of their fabric. Cotton tends to breathe well, one reason it's such a popular choice for clothing in general. But, if you've ever worn heavy jeans on a hot day, you know it's not a perfect solution.
We really like the weight of this fabric. Thick and sturdy with a nice amount of structure, yet thin enough that we do find that it breathes relatively well. We wouldn't want to work that hard when wearing them to work up a sustained sweat because they just aren't that comfortable. On the mellow walks that they're appropriate for, they never had us feeling clammy in hot weather.
Vuori doesn't list a UPF rating for the Ripstop, and there's no mention of a durable water repellent coating. An hour-long walk in a spring drizzle in Maine gave us wet patches on the thighs. But the water did bead up nicely for a bit, and the pants dry much faster than jeans, though not as quickly as the nylon pants we tested.
These pants also block some wind. Not all of it, but it doesn't cut through and chill us to the bone on colder days. Despite the pants being snug in the waste, we were able to easily pull on a thin wool base layer for an unseasonably cold day in the Blue Ridge Mountains. If you size up (and you probably should), this will be an even more comfortable option to extend the use of your pants.
Again, these are 98% cotton, and you may have heard that cotton kills in the outdoor world. The only issue with cotton is that it doesn't dry very quickly and, when it's wet, it pulls heat away from your body. So once you get wet and cold in these pants, you're going to stay that way for a while. If you're out and about in dry or warm weather on trails you know well and are unlikely to get lost and stuck out overnight, cotton is fine.
Five functional pockets, two of them zippered, a drawstring waist, and one or two roll cuffs are the only features you'll get with the Ripstop. It's plenty for casual adventures. The drawstring will keep your pants up if you lose weight on a trip or in the course of your normal cycle. The pants aren't nearly as forgiving if you expand.
It's surprising how much you can cool down simply by exposing your ankles with a roll or two of the hems, but that's all you'll get with the tapered cut.
We really like the pockets, particularly the two-hand pockets up front. They're big enough for your hands and the front panel is a very thin, breathable, and stretchy fabric. That means that the pockets don't show through the front of the pants and they have more stretch than the pants themselves. They're soft, clever, and cozy.
The back pockets share the stealth construction, and one has a zipper, offering a safe place for a credit card or ID. So does the zippered pocket on the left thigh, which could easily stash a granola bar. Neither of the zip pockets is big enough to secure most smartphones, unfortunately.
The more rigid material and finicky waist fit keep us from wanting to push the boundaries of these pants, we wouldn't wear them running or climbing if we could help it. And the stiff waist, lack of venting, and limited breathability also keep us from wanting to take them backpacking.
They are much more useful in their day-to-day style. Casual events or office days, weekend strolls around town, concerts, sporting events, and yeah, pretty much any short hike on a dry day 80 degrees and below, we're down.
The drawcord was a controversial style point. It looks cool on the models in the photos, but several observers pointed out (unsolicited) that it can look a little goofy in practice, particularly with an untucked shirt. Still, we feel kinda cool in these pants, a little bolder, a little more excited to be out and about in the world. Isn't that what style is for?
These pants aren't cheap, but neither are most of the other hiking pants we review. They aren't worth it as dedicated hiking pants, given their middling performance. Their solid construction, sturdy fabric, and the company's environmental and ethical labor force efforts may be worth it to you for casual wear.
Solid construction and delightfully durable fabric give us the impression that these pants are poised to last a long time. Though they did show obvious signs of wear and tear during our abrasion testing, so we wouldn't choose these for high-impact hikes. The effortless style had us reaching for them often, decreasing their cost per wear substantially.
Vuori claims that the Dura Terra fabric is ripstop (we didn't try) and made of 98% organic cotton and 2% elastane. They also claim to offset 100% of their carbon emissions through Climate Neutral, which works to restore rainforests and invests in clean energy. They have a Vuori Code of Conduct meant to ensure ethical manufacturing practices to protect the workforce in their supply chain. It's probably not all perfect, but we like that they're trying. If you do too, these efforts add to the value of the Ripstop.
We like these pants, but we wish the waistband was more forgiving. If you can nail the fit on these, we really think you'll enjoy them for rambling through everything from short trails to city green spaces to your favorite beer garden. If you're looking for a dedicated pair of women's hiking pants, though, we would recommend looking elsewhere.
— Clark Tate