Women’s Mountain Bike Pants – What You Should Know Before Buying

Looking for a pair designer clothes of women’s mountain bike pants for the downhill bike park or the cooler days of autumn? You are in the right place.

Most of the pants on this list didn’t exist a couple of years ago. Most mountain bike apparel companies forgot that women existed.

That is not the case today. There are many excellent options.

We tested and surveyed our community to figure out which ones are the best. No one pant is the best for all types of riding. We tried to include a wide range of women’s mountain bike pants, which were for downhill riding, trail riding, wet and cold riding, and curvy women.

You can find the best pair for you.

Photo Credit: Dharco

Wild Rye Freyah

I am pretty crazy in love with Wild Rye and it is no surprise that it is at the top of this list.

The Freyah is designed for women, not men, and is similar to all things Wild Rye. The pant fits women of all lengths.

The material is stretchy and I love it. It is comfortable, fits well, and is great at repelling dirt. You can wear them several times before they need to be washed.

Price: $189

Dharco Gravity

The pants are stretchy, yes, but they are tight. Think of them as your favorite pair of pants after you eat too much.

The material is water-repellant and durable. These are great for trail rides.

The back comes up high enough that you don’t have to worry about plumbing crack, and the waistband is a separate panel, so I really appreciate that.

Price: $152

Club Ride Joanie Capri

The Club Ride Joannie Capri is a warm place for shoulder season riding. These are my go-to bottoms for riding in the fall.

The pants are loose fitting and unlike many mountain bike pants that claim to work well with knee pads, these ones actually do. The bottom cuff is feminine and cute.

It works well if you plan on wearing the Joanie around town. The pants don’t scream “bike” pants so they can be worn to the pub or the store and still look good, and there are reflective accents for added visibility on the road.

It was $89.95

Read Our Review: Club Ride Joannie Capri

Club Ride Overland

The Club Ride Overland has a casual look that is different from the ones listed here. The only thing that indicates they are mountain bike pants is that they are not visible, so you can use them for hiking or commute.

They fit a little loose and are easy to layer with fleece leggings, which is how I wear them for fat biking in the winter. They come in a regular version and a technology version that has a water-repellent coating.

Read Our Review: Club Ride Overland

The price is 99 cents.

Revel Rider Flow

The pant is not tight. They work well with knee pads and you can fit stuff in the pockets as well.

The waist cinches down easily after the back is cut higher. The fabric is medium weight and not the best choice for downhill riding, but it is lightweight and Breathable so that you don’t get sweaty.

Price: $139

Fox Defend Women’s Pants

The Fox Defend women’s pants are designed for downhill riding. They are water resistant. The knees and bottom are reinforced for added protection in the event of a crash.

The pants are loose enough to wear pads underneath, but tapered so that you don’t have to worry about them getting caught. These pants have a tight fit and a ratcheting waist.

The price is $149.95.

Leatt is a women’s 4.0.

The Leatt 4.0 pants are very similar to the Fox pants. They have a similar design, work well with knee pads, and have a ratcheting waist.

The pants have a slightly longer fit than the competition. They are a good choice for tall and curvy women.

The fabric is thick, which some may not like, but it also means that the pants are durable and will offer good protection even in the event of a crash.

$129.99 is the price.

Fly Racing Lite Women’s

You will appreciate the Fly Racing lite pant if you are going to ride in hot weather. It has a lot of protection, but also has a lot of breathability.

The knee area is larger than it should be to accommodate knee pads. If you have a narrower waist, the waist adjusts via straps.

The price was updated on February 15, 2022.

Pearl Izumi Women’s Launch Pant

The Pearl Izumi Launch pant is comfortable and functional. You will forget you are wearing these pants.

The Launch pant has large usable pockets, which we don’t see in women’s mountain bike clothing. The pant has a looser fit but is not elastic at the bottom.

There is enough room underneath that you can wear leggings for winter riding, even though these pants work best for shoulder weather riding.

Price: $150

Bonus: MTB Pants For Wet Weather

You know that there is no bad weather, only poor clothing choices? These pants will make it seem like that is a thing.

Patagonia Dirt Roamer Storm Pants

We love the area. There are pieces that are made with care and are last forever.

The Dirt Roamer Storm pants allow you to ride year round. They work well in the cold and rain.

These pants are water proof, which is different from many pants that are water resistant. They have a shell that is bomb proof.

Price: $269

Endura Women’s Spray Trouser

The Endura Spray is water resistant. These are a great pant for rainy days.

There are plenty of vents you can open if things get hot. The ankle is made of zippered material so you can get socks on and off.

$179.99 is the price.

Showers Pass Women’s Refuge Pant

The high quality cycling rain gear is produced by Shower’s Pass. The refuge pant is very good.

These pants are water resistant. They are baggy so you can wear a lot of layers.

Price: $235

Things To Consider When Buying

Is it possible that you don’t know what pair of pants is best for you? We like to keep in mind some things when buying.

Type Of Riding

No one pair of pants is going to do it all. It is important to consider what the primary use of these pants will be.

Are you going to race BMX? Do you have a season pass to the park? You want to look for pants that are tailored and still have room for knee pads.

If you are planning on riding a trail, you may or may not need a knee pad, but you want a more casual, comfortable vibe.

Weather Conditions

If you are going to be riding a bike in the summer, you want a pant with plenty of breathability, like the Fly Racing lite. I like the Club Ride Joanie for autumn riding. I want something that is treated for wet weather and that is large enough for layers.

Waist Closure

A good waist closure is important to loving a pair of pants. We prefer bottoms that have an adjustment.

Some pants have a ratchet closure, but you will also find some pants with a velcro strap.

It is better to have a higher panel at the back so you don’t have to worry about the plumbing.

Room For Knee Pads

Do you want to wear knee pads with your pants? If you do, make sure to consider the fact that a lot of pants don’t work well with pads.

If you plan to take the pads on or off, you will want a pant with a wider ankle. It is not easy to get the pads on or off on the trail, because downhill pants require you to put the pads on before you put your pants on.

Room For Chamois And/Or Layers

Do you want to wear a skirt with your pants? For colder weather, wear a pair of leggings. If you do, you should steer clear of the pants that are designed to not wear additional layers.

Fabric Weight

The more durable the fabric is, the more protection it will provide in a crash. Lighter fabric can be hotter and less comfortable. Pick your poison.

You might want to look for reinforced knees and bottoms. This can offer a balance between comfort and protection.

Women Specific?

Our favorite bottoms are designed for women. The best-selling men’s pants are smaller versions of the women’s mountain bike pants. This doesn’t always result in a great fit for females.


We appreciate companies that offer a wide range of sizes for women. Mountain bikers come in many sizes.

We found that brands that offer true clothing sizes of 2, 4,6,8 and larger gave us the best fit.

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