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Vuori Ripstop - Women's Review

We feel put together in these trendy pants but they were more like stiff jeans than dedicated hiking pants
Vuori Ripstop - Women's
Credit: Vuori
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Price:  $89 List | $61.93 at REI
Pros:  Trendy, high-quality, durable fabric, flattering cut
Cons:  Tight waistband, the fabric doesn't move well, the front tie can look odd, style is not for all
Manufacturer:   Vuori
By Clark Tate ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  May 19, 2021
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  • Comfort and Mobility - 35% 3.0
  • Venting And Breathability - 20% 5.0
  • Weather Resistance - 15% 3.0
  • Features - 15% 5.0
  • Versatility - 15% 3.0

Our Verdict

Well-made and stylish with a trim cut, the Vuori Ripstop pants fall on the street-wear end of the life-to-hike continuum. They're great if you want to feel relaxed, pulled together, and ready to hit the trail for an hour or two at the end of the day. They aren't optimized for backpacking or all-day hikes. The fabric's two-way stretch isn't enough to make them regulars on the climbing or yoga circuit either. It has a great hand-feel though, rugged enough to stand up to wear-and-tear and stiff enough to give your figure some space. They wear like not-so-stretchy jeans. The pockets are big and comfortable enough to function. Our biggest complaint is the waist, which is way too rigid in our normal size, and sitting is uncomfortable. If we had sized up, we'd like them for work to casual hike to barbecue transitions.

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Pros Trendy, high-quality, durable fabric, flattering cutVery comfortable, versatile, wind and water resilientIncredible fit, soft and flexible fabric that doesn’t sag, dries quicklyMobile, wide range of fit options, vents and breaths wonderfully, good pocketsLightweight, easy to move in, breathable
Cons Tight waistband, the fabric doesn't move well, the front tie can look odd, style is not for allFit can be hard to perfect, not as breathable as the previous versionDoes not block wind, no secure smartphone pocketDoesn't block the wind, not a great style around townMaterial 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 pantsWith their endless mobility, comfortable details, and technical abilities, these are our favorite overall women's hiking pantsThese comfortable and thoughtfully constructed pants fit and feel like a dream and work wonderfully on and off-trailThese 2-in-1 convertible hiking pants work wonderfully, providing great breathability and excellent valueA 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... Outdoor Research Fe... Kuhl Freeflex Roll-Up REI Co-op Sahara Co... Columbia Saturday T...
Comfort and Mobility (35%)
3.0
9.0
9.0
7.0
5.0
Venting And Breathability (20%)
5.0
8.0
6.0
9.0
9.0
Weather Resistance (15%)
3.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
7.0
Features (15%)
5.0
7.0
6.0
9.0
4.0
Versatility (15%)
3.0
7.0
8.0
5.0
4.0
Specs Vuori Ripstop - Wom... Outdoor Research Fe... Kuhl Freeflex Roll-Up REI Co-op Sahara Co... Columbia Saturday T...
Measured Weight, Size Regular Unknown 9.5 oz 11.9 oz 12 oz 9.2 oz
Size options and versions XS - XL 0 to 14 0 to 16, Plus 0 to 26w, Petitie, Regular, Plus, Tall 2 to 24w Short, Regular, Plus, Long
Fabric 98% cotton/2% elastane 86% bluesign nylon (46% recylce), 14% spandex 90D stretch woven ripstop 50% polyester/50% new polyester 96% recycled nylon/4% spandex Omni-Shield Summiteer Lite 96% Nylon, 4% Elastane
Fabric Features Dura Terra Quick-dry FreeFlex Quick dry Omni-Shield advanced repellency
DWR Finish? No No Yes Yes No
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 (snap), 2 thigh (snap) 2 hand, 2 back, 2 cargo 2 hand, 1 side (zip), 2 back (Velcro)
Zip-Off or Roll-Up? Roll-up Roll-up cinch cuffs Roll-Up Zip-off Roll-up
Integrated Belt? Yes Yes Yes, internal drawcord Yes, internal drawcord No
Fit Features Slight elastic waist, drawstring at waist Gusseted crotch, articulated knees, drawstring at waist, stretch fabric, harness-compatible waist Wide waistband with internal drawcord, mid rise, relaxed fit, straight leg Mid rise, convert to shorts, relaxed fit, straight leg, 2 inseam lengths Gusseted crotch, mid rise, straight leg, convertible to capris
Social or Environmental Certifications 98% recyled cotton, Vuori offsets 100% of carbon emissions 86% is bluesign approved nylon (46% is recycled) None known Contains materials that meet the bluesign® criteria
Contains recycled materials

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


Vuori Ripstop - Women's hiking pants - these pants wear more like jeans than hiking pants, but we like...
These pants wear more like jeans than hiking pants, but we like their structured fabric and casual look for day-use and mellow hikes.
Credit: Ryan reed

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.

Vuori Ripstop - Women's hiking pants - these pants are more at home in an art gallery than with a backpack...
These pants are more at home in an art gallery than with a backpack on, they don't move well enough for longer trail adventures.
Credit: Clark Tate

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.

Vuori Ripstop - Women's hiking pants - the 98% cotton fabric breathes well enough to sustain moderate...
The 98% cotton fabric breathes well enough to sustain moderate activity levels.
Credit: Ryan reed

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.

Vuori Ripstop - Women's hiking pants - here we show the vuori's cotton fabric next to outdoor research's...
Here we show the Vuori's cotton fabric next to Outdoor Research's Ferrosi pant and Mountain Hardware's Dynama 2. Both of the nylon pants breathe better than the Vuori.
Credit: Clark Tate

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 Ripstop - Women's hiking pants - the ripstop pants can fend off a light mist, and they dry relatively...
The Ripstop pants can fend off a light mist, and they dry relatively quickly. But if you get splashed, you'll get wet.
Credit: Clark Tate

Weather Resistance


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.

Vuori Ripstop - Women's hiking pants - these pants have enough weight to keep you comfortable on chilly...
These pants have enough weight to keep you comfortable on chilly shoulder-season days, and they don't let the wind cut right in.
Credit: Ryan reed

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.

Vuori Ripstop - Women's hiking pants - the left thigh pocket opens backward, which keeps any weight off the...
The left thigh pocket opens backward, which keeps any weight off the front of your thigh.
Credit: Clark Tate

Features


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.

Vuori Ripstop - Women's hiking pants - the tie is cute, kind of, but can also look and feel awkward.
The tie is cute, kind of, but can also look and feel awkward.
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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.

Vuori Ripstop - Women's hiking pants - they are versatile for in-town use and can handle mellow trails...
They are versatile for in-town use and can handle mellow trails. This is as close as they need to come to a backpack.
Credit: Clark Tate

Versatility


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.

Vuori Ripstop - Women's hiking pants - we reached for any of the other hiking pant options over the vuori...
We reached for any of the other hiking pant options over the Vuori Ripstop when heading out on a technical trail.
Credit: Clark Tate

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?

Vuori Ripstop - Women's hiking pants - they're expensive pants but are well constructed and seem durable...
They're expensive pants but are well constructed and seem durable. If you like their style and mellow hikes you could get a lot of use out of them.
Credit: Ryan reed

Value


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.

Vuori Ripstop - Women's hiking pants - these are fashionable pants that can handle light outdoor use.
These are fashionable pants that can handle light outdoor use.
Credit: Ryan reed

Conclusion


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
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