Mountain Hardwear Winter Wander Pants - Men's


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For all your snowy adventures the Mountain Hardwear Winter Wander Pants for men have the comfort and snow stopping performance to take you on long snowshoe treks or summit your local peaks. With a durable 4 way stretch TurStretch™ shell and gusseted crotch these winter pants allow a full range of motion without binding while the DWR (durable water resistant) treatment repels snow and dirt. From hunting and fly fishing to camping and mountaineering if winter doesn’t keep you from outdoor recreation these Micro-Chamois™ lined pants will keep you enjoying the activities you love year round. A semi fitted cut gives an alpine look to these cold weather performers and with zippered rear pockets front hand and side cargo pockets you have the storage to bring all your essentials on your next wintery journey.


  • Material: 58% nylon, 31% polyester, 11% elastane TufStretch™
  • DWR (durable water repellant) finish
  • Lining: Micro-Chamois™
  • Diamond gusset crotch
  • Zippered rear pockets
  • Front hand pockets and side cargo pocket
  • Wide low profile waistband
  • Weight: 1 lb 3 oz
  • Semi fitted

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Review Summary

4.6 out of 5

51 Reviews

  • Lasts forever: 7
  • Build quality: 26
  • Performance: 21
  • Great design: 19

  • Cost: 3
  • Bad design: 1
  • fit is a little large: 1
  • front pockets: 1
Comfort: 5 / 5
Quality: 4.8 / 5
Durability: 4.8 / 5
Fit: 2.7 / 5

51 Ratings & Reviews


Great pants
January 26, 2011

I purchased these for snowshoeing and winter hiking and absolutely love them. They are very well thought out and work well for high energy winter activities.

real comfortable pant
December 22, 2009

these pants fit roomy they shed snow well, keep you nice and warm, very durable. big difference in size between med and large

from Park Citiy, UT

January 12, 2012

I made a study of hiking pants and came to the conclusion that these were the best on the market. After my purchase, my expectations were met and exceeded.

Tough material for soft shell pants
April 01, 2009

I wore these pants on a winter hike with gaters. I tore up the gaters more than a half dozen times There were no rips in the pants, which I snagged more than once. I wore these pants to work everytime it snowed, because the snow did not stick to them. I like these pants enough to buy a second or third pair.


March 06, 2011

I just bought these pants and they are great. They fit great, are comfortable to wear while hiking (at least short hikes like I do), and they are very light yet I think they will hold up well. Glad I didn't pay $100+ for some other pants. My wife recommended them because she has a pair. She's a dog trainer and uses them frequently in the rain and she loves them.

Great Pants for hiking or casual wear
February 08, 2006

I recently got a pair of the Winter Wander Pants and I love them. They have plently of stretch and have a nice feel. The front pockets are fleece lined which is a nice touch. There are even draw cords on the ankles so you can cinch them. They are warm enough for technical wear and stylish enough for casual wear.

Comfort: 2 / 5
FitClothes: 4 / 5
from North Carolina
45-54 yrs

Low Waisted
January 31, 2013

These pants we more like hip huggers and not suited at all for winter activities. I was very dissapointed and returned them.

Cons: Bad design

from NH

Great pants
October 12, 2011

These are the best pants I've ever owned. Breathable and comfortable. Strong material. I am 5'10 and 155lbs and the medium short fits me very well with a little slack in the waist, which is fine I just wear a belt. These pants are wind resistant. I have not been able to wear in cold conditions yet but I believe they will be warm. I recommend these pants.

from Texas

Great Pants!
January 13, 2011

I've been looking a long time for the (nearly) perfect pair of soft shell pants for winter travel and climbing. I have a lot of respect for the Mountain Hardwear brand: I have their sub-zero parka and some other assorted great stuff. It's all well made and very functional. I just received these about a week ago and haven't given them a full initiation, but from close inspection they're going to work well. They're stretchy and very comfortable, and although they are close fitting they aren't clingy like tights. They're much more like technical ski pants without the insulation. They look good enough to wear on urban walks and comfortable enough to wear on the plane. With a mid-weight base layer underneath they should afford solid protection from wind and cold on the trail or on the mountain. I'm 5'9" and 160 lbs, so I ordered a medium. The waist and length are perfect. I really like the drawcord at the cuffs to snug them onto my boots, and the zippered back pockets are nicely designed. I definitely would recommend these for anyone looking for cool or cold weather outdoor activities. I'll buy more when these wear out. Keep making them, MH!

from Catskill Mts. upstate NY

excellent 3 season pant
August 06, 2011

bought these a year ago in black...skiid, snowshoed all winter in upstate NY with them, as well as wearing some other soft shell pants from OR and Mountain Hardwear....The Winter Wanders are as comfortable, soft, durable and warm as any I own....a minimum of bells and whistles (zipper ankles would be nice and zip front pockets) but the drawcord hems stow out of the way, and the back zip pockets and side cargo pocket function short...when I saw Altrec have them on sale again....I couldn't resist a 2nd pair in gray......great bang for the buck....highly recommended


THE Best Softshell Pants
January 09, 2011

These Mountain Hardwear Winter Wander pants are extraordinary! I've worn these to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro with bitter cold and heavy winds with only polypropylene layer underneath - while everyone else was bundled with Goretex and many more layers. I can't say enough good things about them - they're so good, I just bought 2 more pairs.

from KY

Amazingly comfortable
January 16, 2011

These pants are very comfortable. I haven't put them through the ringer to test durability, but they seem to be fine. I hope they serve me well on my upcoming trip to the smokies, and I'm sure they will.

Great Winter Pants
May 18, 2009

These winter pants are true to size with a very nice fit. They are also made of a material which does repel water and moisture. However, if you want to wear in cold weather, you must wear a thermal type underwear for added warmth. Great pants.

Highly versatile pants!
February 17, 2010

I originally purchased these in an XL Long as I wear a 34 length. The waist was perfect (I wear a 38), however, the Long was at least a 36 length due to the cut of the pant. I reorded the XL Regular and they are perfect. Save some packing space and take 2 pairs of these on your next trip and they will be the only pants you will need!


Nice Pants
January 03, 2011

Have enjoyed winter hiking in these pants alot. They are very comfortable and movement is easy, thoroughly satisfied.

from Montreal, Canada

Great for Winter as well as spring and fall
June 28, 2011

Great Pants! Durable, comfortable, and able to withstand everything I made them endure - mud, rain, sliding on the snow. Do not think that they are useful only in winter : they are good for spring and fall activities as well, because of their great breathability. This makes them incredibly versatile. For very cold winter days, I put a merino lining under to keep warm. Liked them so much, bought a second pair.

Love these pants!
January 13, 2010

I where these when I'm winter hiking or snow shoeing. They are water repellent and that's a big plus. If it's real cold I wear a pair of long underweare underneath for warmth.


Top Shelf pants for all around abuse!
July 09, 2009

Great set of pants. Built to take it and shrug it off while remaining comfortable and mobile. Comfy enough to wear all day while shooting a movie in any season.

from Kansas

Awsome Pants - bought two pairs
June 20, 2011

I love it when you get your hands on a good product, and I love these pants. These pants are very comfortable and fit as expected. These are made for the winter, but I have actually hiked in these during some 90 degree days and they breathed well. I coach hockey and I primarily wear these to practices and games to keep me warm in the rink. I plan on wearing these skiing as well, but unfortunatly I only get that chance once a year.

Good product
January 06, 2010

I really think this is a quality product. They are a little 'skinny' at the bottom of the pant legs for me, but that's just a matter of taste. The product seems to be durable and well made.

Very durable, very comfortable winter hiking pant.
December 27, 2009

All in all these are great winter hiking pants! The sizing seems to be a little big in the waist. I wear a 34 waist in everything and these are big yet the inseam is just right. They don't have a lining but are plenty warm with light polypro underneath. I would have given them 5 stars if I didn't have to wear a belt!

from Seattle, WA

good groduct
December 06, 2011

Excellent features and workmanship - only caveats are that at 5'7" and 145 lbs, I normally take a 31" waist in jeans which puts me right in between the men's small and medium. There is simply too much material in the medium (I'd say a true 33") and while the small is a bit of a stretch (call it a true 30") it is manageable for me. The other very minor complaint is the velcro internal waist button - I'd prefer a true button or a hook/eye since it is a relatively high wear area and I'm not sure how long the velcro will last. Overall though, very comfortable, good cold/wet performance and so highly recommended as a travel and sport pant.


Mens Winter Wander pants
December 05, 2010

These pants are very comfortable and very warm. I like them so much that I am going to order another pair of them. I would highly recommend these to others to purchase. These are just as great as every other Mountain Hardware product I have purchased.

Great Multi-purpose pants
February 05, 2010

I bought these for Winter biking and for that they are nearly perfect in temps from 50's down into the teens. I love the fit and the stretch. I am a 36/37W and 33 inseam and a LG fit perfectly. I like them so much that they have become my favorite casual pants. I even wore them for a long weekend of casual city fun in NYC ... in black of course. As others have said, zippers on the side pockets would make them near perfect. I've become an evangelist for these pants.

from Charlotte, NC

Life Savers
October 13, 2010

I purchased these pants at the last minute prior to leaving for a 40 mile hike on the AT after hearing that there was a good bit of snow on the ground (mid March in high elevations of Virigina). These ended up being a life saver. We got into knee deep snow towards the end of day 1 and never got out of it. The pants did a great job of keeping me dry and since we couldn't get a steady fire going, anything else would have been a disaster. I'd highly recommend these pants for any type of snow encounters.


Awesome Winter Pants
March 16, 2011

I bought these pants for winter hiking and it worked perfectly. It stretches well, comfortable, and very wide movability. However, the size runs little bit small and the length of pants slightly short compared to other mountain hardware pants. Overall, another great product from montain hardware. Strongly recommended.

Great pants
December 29, 2009

These are super pants for hiking climbing or casual wear. They are extremely tough yet flexible. Good wind/water resistance. By far my favorite MH pant besides the $200 cohesion.

from Central Oregon

Whoa, shoulda bought every color
March 06, 2011

Fit great, super comfortable and fantastic move-ability with or without a baselayer. I've used them down to -12F with a light baselayer. Repels water and snow very well. Comfortable with a belt or backpack.

from Mid Michigan

Great Cold Weather Pant
March 02, 2011

Pros: The pants are comfortable and easy to layer under and over. They shed snow and dont hold much moisture. They breathe very well. They block wind fairly well. The cords at the cuff do a great job of blocking out snow. Cons: The waist runs a little small compared to the rest of the pant. The small tab of velcro near the snap is annoying and seemingly ineffective. They are not wind proof. I've used these for cross country skiing and snowshoeing. They handle perspiration well and I haven't needed gaitors yet. Even when I was working up a sweat the snow didn't stick to the fabric and my lower legs stayed dry. I can't speak to durability yet, but after a month my first pair shows no wear. After two weeks I bought another pair just in case.


excellent service
April 25, 2011

Thank you for personally checking the waist size of the all- weather pant. The fit is true to size. The color selection and available stock made it an easy chioce. MountainGear makes a good product.


from Boston, Ma

One of the Best softshell pants for daily use
October 20, 2010

I first discovered these pants years ago at a local store and now have a pair in three colors, although they are all regular inseam. MH just released them in short, so even though the pants look like the day I bought them I decided to replace my existing 3 pairs with three of the same in short pant length. What can I say about these pants. They are rugged, highly water and wind resistant. I have never gotten wet in them in the 3 plus years I have owned them. The also look like dress pants. So in the winter I usually wear them to work and no one has ever given me hard time about them not being dress pants. As I said before, these pants look like new after three years, have handwarmer pockets, a nice side pocket that snaps closed and ties on the bottom of the pant legs to keep out debris. All in all the only complaint I have is that MH doesn't make the same pants without the lining in them.


September 17, 2008

These pants are superb. Very tough, stretchy and warm. I wear them anytime I'm out in cold weather. I would give them 5 stars easy but I could use more pockets for sure (we always need more pockets). I took a fall last year in these pants and tore my legs up pretty good - not a scratch on the pants. Bottom line - if your out in the woods in the winter these are a good purchase.

Nice Pants
March 30, 2010

Recently received these pants and happy with them so far. Fit is good - I'm a 29W 30L in a pair of Levis and the small with short inseam fit well, just a tad loose in the waist and nothing that can't be fixed with a belt. I found plenty of room to have a base layer underneath. The material is somewhat rough compared to some other soft-shells I've tried, like the Patagonia Simple Guides pants, but it seems quite durable and wind-resistant. They're still comfortable though, with plenty of stretch. As others have said, the front pockets could use zippers and the rear pockets are large but have small openings. Not a deal killer for this price. I can't comment on the water-resistance, although the lack of a DWR makes me wonder about that. Good pants, especially if you can get them on sale.

from Salt Lake City, Utah

Winter Wander is King
January 21, 2012

I bought these pants for snowshoeing and also got a pair for my wife. I read an endless amount of reviews for soft shell pants and decided on these. They are GREAT!! I love how comfortable they are. The fabric is amazing for comfort and movement. I love having the ability to wear a belt with them. I wore a mid-weight base layer under them and was plenty comfortable. They also do a great job stopping the wind. I am very pleased with the fit and quality of these pants. I am 5'8 and 175lbs. I have roughly a 33w and 30 inseam. I originally bought the medium short. They were snug. I returned them and ordered the large short. Glad i did. They fit perfect and are roomy. Altrec was also very easy to work with to do the return and repurchase.

Good value!
January 19, 2010

The pants are well made and given the price it's a good buy.


That's comfortable
October 26, 2010

I really love this, It's very comfortable, warm and good ventilation for when sweat.


Men's Winter Wander Pants
November 29, 2010

A long-time Patagonia wearer, this is the first time I purchase this brand. I saw the images, and liked its simplicity and minimal design. The item is well made and sturdy. Although they feel a bit baggy, they actually do not look it. Haven't hiked any mountains yet, but the pants feel great strolling in the park at 30+ degrees.

Great Winter Weather Hiking Pants
January 17, 2010

I use these pants to walk my dogs everyday in the cold or wet. They feel great , fit great, and are nice looking. Neat cargo pocket is useful for carrying a cellphone, etc. I am size 34x34. I got the Large, Tall size. They are roomy at the waist but the length is perfect. If it is below 25 degrees outside, I wear thin long johns as a base layer.

from Baghdad, Iraq

Get these now!
November 25, 2011

Excellent trousers all around. I'm 6'1" 225 lbs and the large long fit great. Just the right amount of stretch anywhere you would need it. Very comfortable material, drapes well and generally look great. I was hesitant at the price but you get what you pay for and these are worth getting especially if they are on sale.

Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5

from New York
35-44 yrs

Very Good Bad Weather Pants
January 31, 2013

I purchased this pants for the purpose of shoveling snow, but have not had the opportunity to do that since it has not snowed a significant amount. Instead, these pants have kept me warm and dry in heavy rain and very cold temps (as long as I wore long underwear). I appreciate the fact these pants stretch a little bit... The real test comes when I have to shovel the snow when there is 5" on the ground.

Pros: Build quality, Performance

May 02, 2011

Not bad pant, It's very suitable for the winter as it is windproof. It's better than I thought, In last winter, I often hiked on the snow with it. It is so durable and has a high quality. Moreover, it's not heavy, I feel very comfy and I am satisfied with it.

Good value softshell pants let down by pockets
November 04, 2005

These are the matching pants to the offwidth jacket and pullover. They are made of the toughest and most water resistant woven soft shell fabric that I have used, far better than dryskin. MH have put a lot of effort into the design with S shaped side seams, but unfortunately the front pockets have no closures and gape open, and are lined with a brushed fabric that catches on any gobis on your fingers. If they changed the lining and put zips on the pockets these would be a 5 star value.

from Maine

Great for winter hiking
October 09, 2010

It's not cold enough for a test but I think these will be perfect for cold-weather hiking. I've been looking for non-cotton non-lightweight pants for a long time and am happy I found these. I have a 36 waste and 34 inseam and they fit perfectly.

from Washington, DC

Men's Winter Wander Pants
December 20, 2010

These pants look sharp and are durable. I've taken them on two loops through Old Rag, which requires some minor scrambling and noticed zero wear, even after some sliding on rocks. I have a 35" waist and the fit there is perfect; however, the length, in a 'regular', is less than the advertised 32". My measurement is 31".

from Ogden, UT

Quality Pants
March 09, 2011

These pants work very well as a heavier softshell for colder climates. Quite happy with them. Very comfortable, good range of motion, and good insulating qualities. Recommended.


from NC

Best all-round winter pant
December 03, 2010

the winter wanderers are my goto pants for anytime between November and March living in the NC foothills. they are warm and breathable enough for hiking/biking plus fashionable enough to wear around town. stretch fabric and fleece pockets make them very comfortable. great purchase!


March 10, 2011

I'm glad I bought this pants couple of weeks ago, it has superb quality. It streches well without uncomfort feeling. This is my second pair, I def recommend for people who spent time outdoors.

Great buy!
January 19, 2010

The merchandise is great and the shipping is prompt. Will buy again.


from Los Angeles, CA

durable and comfortable pants
April 18, 2011

These soft shell pants are awesome! I wear them at least 2-3 times a week since they're super soft, very durable, and have a 4 way stretch. In my opinion, these pants are much classier/better looking than a pair of sweats and are very breathable. What more could you ask for?

from So-Cal desert rat

Not a true winter pant
December 30, 2010

This is the first Mountain Hardware product that I have been disappointed in. This pant is not suitable for winter use as its name implies. I wore these pants on a Nordic ski session in our local mountains. The temperature was in the low to mid twenties and there was a bit of wind. There was very little thermal effect from these pants and they barely turned the wind away. The only thing that kept me from returning immediately to the car was the fact that I was exercising vigorously. I am curious about the many positive reviews on this pant. Either the users are wearing long johns under the pants or they are not getting into true winter conditions. I am going to return these and purchase a true winter pant.


Comfy Pants!
March 03, 2011

Originally bought these pants for winter hiking, but instead I've used them three times so far for snowshoeing, and they have been comfortable enough even without long johns, grant you it has not been super cold the times I've been up there, low 30's to low 40's.

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Available sizes, while supplies last, include size 28, size 30, size 31, size 32, size 33, size 34, size 36, size 38, size 40 and size 42: 28, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42.

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