Patagonia Solimar Pants - Women's


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Patagonia's lightest weight summer pant, the Solimar Pants - Women's covers your limbs in sun searing, fly biting protection. Fashioned in a soft, stretch nylon, this pant offers 30-UPF sun protection and a DWR (durable water repellent) finish for extended weather. Styled for everyday life, the Solimar Pant features a zip fly with button closure, waistband with belt loops, welted front patch pockets and a right thigh mini drop-in pocket. A button fastener allows for a capri length change-up for this straight leg, regular rise pant. Recyclable through the Common Threads Recycling Program.


  • Fabric: 3-oz 93% nylon/7% spandex with 30-UPF sun protection. Recyclable through the Common Threads Recycling Program
  • Lightweight stretch fabric with 30-UPF sun protection and DWR (durable water repellent) finish; waistband with belt loops
  • Zip fly with button closure
  • Patch front pockets with welt openings; mini drop-in pocket on right thigh
  • Straight leg; back seaming and dart for shaping
  • Legs fasten with button for capri length
  • Regular rise
  • Inseam (size 8) is 32"
  • Weight: (181 g 6.3 oz)

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Review Summary

4.4 out of 5

7 Reviews

  • Build quality: 4
  • Ease of use: 4
  • Great design: 3
  • Performance: 3

  • poor fit: 2
  • Cost: 1
  • slightly short: 1
  • stretch out easily: 1
Quality: 4.8 / 5
Comfort: 4.5 / 5
Durability: 4.2 / 5
Fit: 2.5 / 5

7 Ratings & Reviews

from Nazareth, Israel

So Close...
February 07, 2011

These are so close to be perfect hiking and travel pants. They get it right in so many ways, with just a few minor but irritating drawbacks. Pros: -These are extremely, extremely light. They weigh practically nothing and pack to barely bigger than a pair of underwear. At 6.3 oz, these are the lightest pants I've ever heard of and I'm surprised that Patagonia doesn't market them as ultralight gear. -They dry ridiculously fast. Wash them, wring them out, and they're practically dry already. - The fabric is soft and comfortable with a nice DWR finish that beads off water. -They seem well-made and I think they will be durable, but I've only had them a week so time will tell. Cons: -The pockets are useless. The two slit pockets are so vertical that anything you put in them you'd risk falling out. There's a hidden thigh pocket that is just barely large enough for a cell phone, which is nice, but a little velcro or a zipper would make me feel a lot more confident trusting my electronics to it. -The ultrathin fabric makes for some wicked VPL (visible panty line). If you have any lumps or cellulite it might show through the thin fabric. - The stretch in the fabric seems like it would be nice, but it also causes the pants to "grow" throughout the day so while they fit nicely after washing, they stretch out fairly quickly. Definitely require a belt. -The fit: Like most hiking pants, the waist to thigh width ratio is off for anyone with muscular thighs. I had to size up to a 10 to accommodate my athletic thighs, which means the waistband is very loose and gapes. Wish gear companies would figure out that serious hikers have serious thigh muscles... Overall: Great idea, great fabric, a few drawbacks in fit.

Best garment ever!
July 29, 2010

I love the Patagonia Solimar Pant. They are super lightweight and comfortable and they can be rolled up to make a crop pant. I bought two pairs to wear for a hiking trip in Spain in September but found the pants fit so well and look so good, I have been wearing them all summer almost every day. They dry in no time. The fit is true to size. I wear them so often, I recently purchased a third pair too! For an all round excellent summer weight hiking pant, you cannot go wrong with the Patagonia Solimar!


lightweight and versatile
July 02, 2011

These are perfect travel pants, they are lightweight and dry so quick after washing and don't need ironing. The fit is great but not as fitted as it looks on the model. They are low rise (not regular rise as described), regular fit, straight leg (according the tag). I am a size 4 in most pants and the size 4 fits perfect and comfortable and the length is great if not a bit too long for my height (I hate short pants), I am 5'4".

from Connecticut

Great Pants
June 27, 2011

These pants are everything I was looking for. Very comfy, modern fit. Very light weight material. I am 5' 8" and they are just slightly too short, but I can easily get the hem taken down.

Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 3 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5

from Lake Tahoe, CA
45-54 yrs

6+ oz. ultralite full-length pants?
July 12, 2011

Patagonia offers the lightest long pant/capri combo pant I have found, @ 6 oz.; they are very soft and comfortable, esp. if you like low rise fit (note the regular rise description is incorrect). I am taking these pants as my only pair of long pants on the JMT. They also have a nifty lite set of buttons that allow conversion to capri length w/o fiddling with bulky zippers. More importantly, they are rated at 30 upf, fairly good protection. One suggestion on size: these pants are not designed for those of us with thick thighs. For ease of movement I sized up to a 6 (normally a 4) and then took a tuck in the waist at back. This worked well. And, don't be surprised at the poor pocket design other reviewers have noted; just glue a few Velcro circles on to keep them closed enough for large objects not to fall out. Best not to risk small items in these pockets. Nor are these featherweight pants meant for granite grubbing; likely they will abrade quickly. Finally, Solimar comes in long shorts that unbutton to make shortish capris. All comments above apply to these also.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use, super lightweight, nice color, Cons: Cost, poor fit
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 3 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
FitClothes: 2 / 5
from Lake Tahoe, CA
45-54 yrs

Full-length pants for 6 oz.? Try Solimar
July 18, 2011

Patagonia offers this superlight pair of long pants, the only pair I will carry for a 175 mile trek in the Sierra in August. I chose these as they are the lightest I have found and also because they are very soft and comfortable. And, good news, they are also rated as upf-30. An important caveat is that they are low rise, not regular rise as advertised. Also they are not made for girls with thick thighs....suggest you size up, for me from a 4 to a 6, (I weigh 110 and am 5'2"), then take a tuck in the back waistband. This allows more freedom of movement for hiking uphill. A great feature is that the pants have a simple light button system that allows fast conversion to capri length (no clunky zip-off zipper to struggle with in the dark). Patagonia also offers a long short in the Solimar that converts to a shortish capri. I wear these and like them as well. There is a Solimar skirt I have not tried, but I would like to! Ah yes, as others have noted, the pockets are useless, but just adding a few circles of velcro can remedy this at least to keep larger objects from falling out.

Pros: Build quality, Ease of use, unique light button design, Cons: Wears quickly, Cost, useless pockets
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5

from Okinawa, JP
25-34 yrs

Almost Perfect
November 02, 2011

I thought these pants were almost perfect. They are super light weight, quick dry and very comfortable with a nice wide leg. The only downside is the pockets, they are essentially useless. The pockets entry is so big and comes down the side of the pants they can't even be trusted to hold chap stick in active environments. I wear these in the tropics (90+ deg and 90% humidity) and they are fantastic! No sweat lines, quick dry and any wrinkles from being in a pack smooth out quickly once you put them on. If you hang dry them, expect no wrinkles at all. I wear these as both pants and rolled up as capris and they are flattering and work well for dressing up, active wear and around the town gear. If you want a snug fit (but not excessive), even after a bit of wear buy true to size. If you want a nice relaxed fit over all, with a bit more relaxing after you wear them, then buy one size up. These pants have a lot of give to them and move with you but after some hard wear they do "relax" a bit like a pair of jeans.

Pros: Performance

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