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I'm Kristin! A short & curvy girl seeking clothes that fit. Originally from the South, I'm now taking on NYC! My blog is dedicated to providing style and fit guides for petite-pear shaped women.

WHERE TO FIND PEAR-FRIENDLY HIKING PANTS

WHERE TO FIND PEAR-FRIENDLY HIKING PANTS

 

Since I live in NYC, its safe to say that I’m not the most outdoors-y person. However, that doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy the occasional hike and weekend getaway from the city. One of my favorite day trips I’ve taken was last fall with my sister when we went to hike Breakneck Ridge (in upstate New York). It was a wayyy more intense hike than I thought it would be, but the views were amazing and worth the effort. For the hike I just wore some fleece-lined leggings. 

 
 

However, recently I had a reader reach out about where to buy hiking pants that are pear-friendly! I realized that was a good question. I had no idea since I just wore leggings in the past whenever I went hiking. So I ordered hiking pants from all the major brands I could think of: L.L. Bean, REI, Eddie Bauer, etc. to find out which pants would work best for my body type! The good news is a lot of these brands offer petite sizes! Keep on reading to find out which styles I recommend :)

 

MY MEASUREMENTS


Bust = 33’’

Waist = 27.5’’

Stomach = 31’’

Hip = 38.5’’

Thigh = 22’’

Calf = 12.25’’

Inseam = 27’’

Bicep = 9.5’’

 

MY PANT RATING SCALE


Length: 1 to 5 (1 being not petite friendly, 5 being petite friendly)

Fit: 1 to 5  (1 being not curve/pear friendly, 5 being curve/pear friendly)

Waist Gap: 1 to 5 (1 massive waist gap, 5 no waist gap)

Price: $ to $$$$ ($: under $50, $$: $50 to $99, $$$: $100 to $149, $$$$: $150 and up)

 

L.L. Bean Vista Camp Pants - Size Petite Small

What I loved…

  • Drawstring waistband - While these pants were a little too big in the waist, the drawstring definitely solves this issue! Not to mention an elastic drawstring waistband is super comfy compared to the standard waistband most hiking pants have. 

  • Super soft fabric - The fabric felt amazing! It was nice and lightweight.

  • Petite-friendly length - Happy to say that these pants were just the right length!

Pant ratings:

Length: 5

Fit: 4

Waist Gap: 4

Price: $$


Garment measurements:

Waist = 31’’

Inseam = 28.875’’

Front rise = 9.75’’

Hip = 40.5’’

Thigh = 26.75’’

Calf = 17.5’’

Back rise = 15.875’’


Verdict: Buy! 

 

L.L. Bean Vista Trekking Bottoms - Size 6 Petite

What I loved…

  • Lightweight fabric - These pants felt like I was wearing air! Not sure if that makes any sense, but basically they were super lightweight. If you’re going hiking in summer months then these are a great option! 

What could have been better…

  • Too big in waist  - Although these pants were too big in the waist, the fabric totally makes up for any waist gap issues. However, I’d still recommend wearing a belt with these! 


Pant ratings:

Length: 5

Fit: 4

Waist Gap: 4

Price: $$


Garment measurements:

Waist = 31.5’’

Inseam = 28.375’’

Front rise = 8.75’’

Hip = 39’’

Thigh = 26’’

Calf = 18’’ 

Back rise = 11.75’’


Verdict: Buy!

 

Columbia Saturday Trail Pant - Size 6 Short 

What I loved…

  • Most pear friendly  - Out of all the pants I tried on, I have to say hands down this style was the best suited to my pear shape. While there was a little waist gapping in the back, it was minimal compared to other brands I tried on. 


Pant ratings:

Length: 5

Fit: 5

Waist Gap: 4

Price: $$


Garment measurements:

Waist = 31.25’’

Inseam = 28.75’’

Front rise = 10’’ 

Hip = 39’’

Thigh = 23.75’’

Calf = 15.5’’

Back rise = 12’’


Verdict: Buy!

 

Eddie Bauer Horizon Adjustable Jogger Pant - Size 6 Petite

What I loved…

  • Drawstring waistband - Similar to the L.L. Bean Vista Camp Pants, I seriously loved the drawstring waistband on these pants! Full disclosure - they’re slightly too big in the waist, but the drawstring prevents them from sliding down. 

  • Preferred style - Compared to the other styles I tried on from Eddie Bauer, these were by far my favorite because they felt the most comfortable. 


Pant ratings:

Length: 5

Fit: 5

Waist Gap: 4

Price: $$


Garment measurements:

Waist = 32.5’’

Inseam = 28.125’’

Front rise = 9’’ 

Hip = 42’’

Thigh = 25.5’’

Calf = 16.5’’

Back rise = 14.375’’


Verdict: Buy!

 

Eddie Bauer Pro Guide Pants - Size 6 Petite

What I loved…

  • Thighs were spacious - One issue I frequently run into with pants (especially non-stretch ones) are that they are too tight in the thighs. However, these were nice and roomy in the thigh area so they didn’t feel restrictive. 

What could have been better…

  • Too big in waist  - If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, then you already know good and well this is a frequent issue I experience. Since the pants were big in the waist, it caused the crotch area to fit funny, in the pictures you can see there’s some pulling. I’d recommend wearing a belt.


Pant ratings:

Length: 5

Fit: 3

Waist Gap: 3

Price: $$


Garment measurements:

Waist = 31’’

Inseam = 28.25’’

Front rise = 9.375’’

Hip = 38.25’’

Thigh = 24.25’’

Calf = 16’'

Back rise = 13.5’’


Verdict: Don’t buy, shop around! 

 

Eddie Bauer Horizon Roll Up Pants - Size 6 Petite

What could have been better…

  • Too big in waist - Compared to the Eddie Bauer Guide Pants, these were even bigger in the waist. If you do end up purchasing, I’d recommend wearing a belt. 

  • Tight in seat area  - Another downside to these pants was that they were tight in the bum area. Personally, I think this would get frustrating if you were hiking all day in these pants. 


Pant ratings:

Length: 5

Fit: 3

Waist Gap: 2

Price: $$


Garment measurements: 

Waist = 32’'

Inseam = 28’’

Front rise = 8.875’’

Hip = 40

Thigh = 23.75’’

Calf = 15.75’’

Back rise = 13’’



Verdict: Don’t buy, shop around!

 

REI Co-op Kornati Roll Up Pants - Size 6 Petite

What I loved…

  • Super soft fabric -  As I mentioned a little earlier in the post, one of my fears of wearing pant hiking pants is that they will feel too tight since the fabric is generally stiffer. However, that was not the case with these. Whoa!! The fabric felt amazing and has plenty of stretch! Super soft so they’ll be comfortable for extended wear!

  • Spacious in thigh area  - Happy to report that these pants are comfortable and spacious in the thigh area.

What could have been better…

  • Too big in waist -  The only real complaint I have about these pants is that there’s a waist gap. Therefore, I’d recommend wearing a belt with them.


Pant ratings:

Length: 4

Fit: 4

Waist Gap: 4

Price: $$


Garment measurements:

Waist = 31.5’’

Inseam = 29.25’’

Front rise = 9.875’’

Thigh = 25’’

Calf = 17.5’’

Hip = 39.5’’

Back rise = 15.25’’


Verdict: Buy! 

 

Prana Halle Pants - Size 6 Short 

What I loved…

  • Generous fit - I’ve heard of this brand before, but never tried it for myself. I was pleasantly surprised by the fit. These pants felt comfortable through the thigh and seat area. Nothing felt too tight or restrictive. 

What could have been better…

  • Slightly long - Even though these pants were a “short” inseam, they were still too long for me. (Inseam = 29.5’’) For reference, I generally prefer a 27’’ or 28’’ inseam pant. However, it was a total deal breaker. 

  • Slightly big in waist - No surprise here, that I had a slight waist gap with these pants. Good news though - there’s a drawstring on the inside of the pants so you can use this to make sure they stay secure and don’t slide down while hiking. 

  • Wish fabric was softer  - Compared to some of the other pants I tried on, these didn’t have as soft of fabric. 

Pant ratings:

Length: 3

Fit: 5

Waist Gap: 4

Price: $$

Garment measurements:

Waist = 32.375’’

Inseam = 29.5’’

Front rise = 8.625’’

Back rise = 14.25’’

Hip = 20.25’’

Thigh = 11.75’’

Calf = 8.5’’ 

Verdict: Buy, but probably need to roll up the pants since they run long. 

 

L.L. Bean Cresta Trail Slim Leg Pant - Size 6 

What I loved…

  • Nice pant length - Even though these pants don’t come in a petite size, the length still works well for us shorter ladies! (Inseam = 28.5’’)

What could have been better…

  • Too tight in crotch and hip area -  While these pants generally fit my legs well, they were by far too tight in the crotch/hip area. If you look at the photos you can see the marks where the pants are pulling and look strained. 

  • Too big in waist - Unfortunately, this is just another reason to not get these pants. 


Pant ratings:

Length: 5

Fit: 3

Waist Gap: 3

Price: $$


Garment measurements:

Waist = 32.25’’

Inseam = 28.5’’

Front rise = 9’’ 

Hip = 36’’

Thigh = 22.25’’

Calf = 12.75’’

Back rise = 14.25’’ 

Verdict: Don’t buy, shop around!

 

Columbia Just Right Pant - Size 4 Short

What I loved…

  • Hidden drawstring - Even though these pants are a little too big in the waist, there’s a hidden drawstring on the inside to help keep them up for us pear-shaped ladies! 

What could have been better…

  • Wish front zipper was longer - Not gonna lie, these pants are a bit hard to get on because the front zipper is not very long. I definitely had to do the dance to pull them over my hips and thighs! 

  • Too form fitting - Although the fit of these pants was ok once I was able to pull them on, they weren’t my favorite out of the styles I tried on. 


Pant ratings:

Length: 5

Fit: 3

Waist Gap: 4

Price: $$


Garment measurements:

Waist = 30.5’’

Inseam = 29’’

Front rise = 10’’

Back rise = 12’’

Hip = 37’’ 

Thigh = 21.5’’

Calf = 15.75’’


Verdict: Don’t buy, shop around!

 

Columbia Bryce Canyon Capri - Size S 

What I loved…

  • Elastic waistband - As I mentioned on a few other pairs of pants, I really love an elastic waistband. Even if the waist is too big, this feature helps hold them up. Not to mention it’s comfortable too!

  • Length - Even those these capris aren’t available in a petite size, I still found that they’re petite-friendly. The length was just right - hitting slightly below the knee.

What could have been better…

  • Tricky to get on - These pants had the same issue as the Just Right pants. The zipper was really short so they are difficult to pull on over your hips. 

  • Tight in thighs - Personally, I found these capris to be a slightly tight in the thigh area so they might not be the most comfortable for extended wear.


Pant ratings:

Length: 5

Fit: 3

Waist Gap: 4

Price: $$


Garment measurements:

Waist = 30.5’’

Front rise = 8.625’’

Inseam = 20’’

Hip = 38’ 

Thigh = 23.75’’

Leg opening = 14.75’’

Back rise = 15’’


Verdict: Don’t buy, shop around!

 

Eddie Bauer Guide Capri - Size 6 Petite 

What I loved…

  • Spacious in thigh area - Overall I was happy with how these pants fit in the thigh area because they felt comfortable. 

What could have been better…

  • Too big in waist  - I had the same issues with crotch area that I did with the full length Guide Pants. I’d recommend wearing a belt with them if you decide to buy them! 


Pant ratings:

Length: 5

Fit: 3

Waist Gap: 3

Price: $$


Garment measurements:

Waist = 32.75’’

Front rise = 9’’

Inseam = 18.5’’

Hip = 38’’

Thigh = 24.25’’

Leg opening = 12.5’’

Back rise = 13.5’’

Verdict: Don’t buy, shop around!

 
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