Mountain Hardwear Cortina Falls Pants - Women's


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Made for hiking, trekking and spring alpine touring. Zip ankle gusset fits a hiking or ski boot. Stretchy and abrasion resistant, with an inseam gusset, integrated belt and comfortable, conical waist for perfect fit and range of motion.


  • 85% nylon, 15% elastane
  • Switchback Plus™Micro-chamois-lined seamleS conical waist for comfort under a pack
  • Integrated webbing belt with buckle closure for easy fit adjustments
  • Lots of pockets for storage
  • Full-length inseam gusset and articulated knees for mobility
  • Inside hem elastic gripper and tabs for resourceful gaiter-making
  • Deep zipper and gusset at side hem for easy fit with boots
  • Durable, 4-way stretch fabric for movement
  • DWR finish sheds moisture
  • UPF 50 sun protection

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Review Summary

4.6 out of 5

10 Reviews

  • Build quality: 7
  • Great design: 6
  • Ease of use: 5
  • Great value: 4

  • Bad design: 1
  • gusset pockets tore: 1
  • thigh vents: 1
  • too small: 1
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4.9 / 5
Quality: 4.9 / 5
Fit: 2.5 / 5

10 Ratings & Reviews

from Colorado
55-64 yrs

held up to Vedauwoo
July 08, 2011

These pants were perfect for granite crack climbing. The only thing I'd say didn't make alot of sense was the gusset pockets, the only vulnerable part of the pants got torn. I assume they are gusseted so the pocket will accomodate more stuff but then the fabric is too weak to stand up to this kind of punishment. I'll probably sew up the gusset and not worry about the cargo limits. the fabric did not tear or shred or pill so I'm quite happy that I'll be able to use them for some time.

Cons: gusset pockets tore
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
from Los Angeles, CA
45-54 yrs

Great Pants for Rain
September 09, 2011

I got these for my summer trip to Alaska, and wore them on boats, a float plane, and a helicopter trip to a glacier. They kept me dry and were quite nice looking, too. I liked the pockets on the sides and the legs, though I didn't really need them. What I'm really looking forward to is having them for hikes and walks in the rain with my dog this winter. I'm sure they will be great!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Denver, CO
25-34 yrs

Great Hiking Pants
August 10, 2011

These pants are excellent for hiking and backpacking. The Switchback Plus fabric is strong and abrasion resistant, but still stretchy enough to allow for a full range of motion. The inside waist band is lined with a very soft fleece-like fabric that keeps you chafe-free when carrying a backpack. There are plenty of pockets, but all of them are streamlined so they don't make the pants look bulky or frumpy. The built-in belt lets you adjust the waist for a perfect fit. I bought the pants in black, and would note that there is some medium gray fabric trim on the thigh pocket as well as near ankle zips.

Pros: Build quality, Performance
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

My New Favorite
October 05, 2011

Got these for a day-hike trip down Grand Canyon. Now I'm traveling in them! What I like most about these is the light, stretchy fabric. It packs well, moves with you, and water just rolls off it in light rain (or accidental spill). We encountered a thunderstorm while hiking in Grand Canyon. Thanks to these pants, I was able to stay completely dry. And the fit is terrific. I'm 5'7", 105lb (24"-waist, 34"-hip) so it is very difficult to find hiking pants that don't "hang" on me. This is the reason that Mountain Hardwear is my favorite brand, and I found I like these even better than my Yuma Convertibles. On my Grand Canyon trip, all my girlfriends were trying to find out where I got these! If I must nitpick, then the design of the side pockets need a bit more work. Right now, they gap easily (even when the pockets are empty) so the lining material shows, taking away an otherwise very clean silhouette.

Pros: Great design, Performance, Ease of use, great fit
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

from Maryland
45-54 yrs

Nice pants
December 30, 2010

I have to say, these pants are nice. Only issue, they make noise when you walk.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Portland, OR
25-34 yrs

Great pants!
February 13, 2011

I love these pants. I am 5'2" and have a hard time finding pants that aren't too long for me. The petites fit perfectly! They are light weight, super comfortable and repel water. I wouldn't mind getting another pair in a different color.

Pros: Great design
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 2 / 5
from New York, NY
35-44 yrs

Great pants, run small
September 13, 2011

Things I liked about these pants: great fit, curve hugging and definitely designed for a woman's body. Not your typical enormous baggy military style hiking pant. I loved the cut. I am 5'4" 120 pounds. Wide hips, small waist. Things I didn't like: I found these really small and a bit too tight. Even though I ordered a size 6, my usual size, these were quite snug, especially in the buttocks. I was pretty shocked, and felt it would be impossible to wear a pair of silk long underwear under these during colder weather. I also found them too long. I would recommend the "short" size. I thought they were made well, and was sad to have to send them back.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Great value, Cons: too small
ComfortShoes: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
45-54 yrs

Great Choice
October 03, 2010

These pants are extremely comfortable. Fit is true to size. I would love to have more color choices.

Pros: Build quality, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
from Boulder, CO
45-54 yrs

Great, except for thigh vents
October 19, 2011

I'm a big fan of Mtn Hardwear clothing and I have a pair of Cortina Falls Pedal Pushers that I love. The fabric is great - tons of stretch, but is still water-resistant & fast drying; the style is great - I love the built in belt; and the fit is terrific. For some reason, they decided to add thigh vents to the pants, however. These are vertical slits on the outside, upper part of the thigh. I'm not sure why they think we need ventilation on THAT part of our thigh, and it wouldn't be so bad except the mesh under the slit is white. So it stands out! Like a pair of clown pants. If you have long, thin legs (or even short, thin legs), you may not mind this "bulge" in an area that many women don't like to call attention to. But if you're like me, blessed with "peasant legs" - thighs made for squatting in fields, these may not be the most flattering.

Pros: Build quality, Ease of use, Cons: Bad design, thigh vents
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

Great Pants!
December 14, 2010

Recently wore these pants on a three day camping/hiking trip in central Texas. The fit true to size but are roomy enough to easily add a base layer for extra warmth. Very comfy and flattering fit!

Pros: Great design, Build quality

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