Outdoor Research Aspire Pants - Women's


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Designed with everything you need, and nothing you don’t want in a rain pant, the Women's Outdoor Research Aspire Pants just may inspire you to go on that week-long backpacking trip in Olympic National Park you’ve been thinking about. Made from 40-denier Gore-Tex® Paclite® fabric, these pants are waterproof and breathable to keep you dry from the outside-in. Lightweight yet durable, these OR pants will add a measly 9.4 ounces to your pack weight -- don’t worry, with 167 inches of annual rainfall, you’ll be wearing them most of your trip anyway. Zippers on the sides help you pull the Aspire pants on over your boots and the elastic waist with a drawcord stretches for a comfy fit. Perfect for hiking, camping and trekking in wet climates, the Outdoor Research Aspire Rain Pants for women have articulated knees and a gusseted crotch to give you the mobility you need when scrambling over mossy logs, sliding down muddy trails and relaxing while taking in the amazing sound of a million raindrops falling on the leafy green vegetation of a temperate rainforest.


  • Fabric: Lightweight, waterproof/breathable 40D Gore-Tex® Paclite®
  • Fully seam taped
  • Water-resistant zippers
  • Elastic waist with drawcord
  • Zippered rear pocket doubles as stuff sack
  • ¾-length side zippers pull on easily over boots
  • Gusseted crotch
  • Articulated knees
  • Snap/elastic cuff closures
  • Loops for instep lace
  • Weight: 9.4 oz, 266 g

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Review Summary

4.7 out of 5

3 Reviews

  • Build quality: 1
  • Ease of use: 1
  • Great design: 1
  • hem loops: 1

  • length: 1
  • prone to ripping: 1
Comfort: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Fit: 2 / 5

3 Ratings & Reviews

Comfort: 4 / 5
FitClothes: 2 / 5
35-44 yrs

A little short...
January 08, 2012

I ordered both the Small and the Medium, but both pair were too short for me. I'm 5'7" about 120 lbs. Bummer... they appear to be great otherwise - I really like the 3/4 length zipper.

Cons: length

Excellent Gortex
January 28, 2010

I love the Aspire Pants. They are lightweight and durable. Pack great and keep you dry. Nice fit. I would highly recommend them.

ComfortShoes: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

from Washington State
25-34 yrs

Excellent Rain Gear
September 22, 2010

I purchased these pants for my wife and she used them recently on an 8 day backpacking trip, of which 5 of the days were rainy, and these pants performed beautifully. Besides the Event fabric, which performs great, I've learned that the various laminates manufacturers offer as alternatives to Gore Tex, disappoint. My wifes last rain pants were from Patagonia, which featured their own laminate which did not breath adequately. These pants feature Gore Tex Paclite, which is very light, very breathable, and very waterproof. The fabric is not particularly durable, however, and this must be taken into consideration. I have had a couple incidents with Paclite garments ripping. For me, this is wholly made up for by OR's warranty, which is that they will replace any piece of gear if it fails in any way, so you really have nothing to lose, as long as you don't get stuck in the backcountry with raingear that has failed. These pants wear so light that they are more like windpants than other rain gear I've used and they pack very small. I've since purchased the men's version of this pant, the Foray.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, light weight, unsurpassed warranty, hem loops, two way 3/4 zips, Cons: prone to ripping

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Available sizes, while supplies last, include size xs, size small, size medium, size large and size extra large: xs, s, m, l, xl.

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