Women’s Winter Cycling Pants for Fat Biking

Stay warm, ride happy. Part II.

by | Sep 18, 2020 | Gear | 4 comments

This is Part I of the Stay Warm, Ride Happy Series.  Also see Winter Boots for Fatbiking.

Drumroll please, here is a list of winter cycling pants specific for women and ideal for fat biking.  Because whenever I read a gear review I have to look up each item to see if it comes in a women’s version or if the men’s size might be workable.

The first seven winter pants are cycling-specific.  My goal was to find a range of pants ideal for the weekend warrior to the hero endurance athlete.  The list comes from recommendations from women fat bikers of both camps.  Descriptions and photos are from the brand websites.

Also included at the end are a few men’s-only pants also recommended by women fat bikers.

Please note, you don’t need an expensive pair of cycling-specific pants for winter fat biking. If you have a ski kit, then you have a fat bike kit.  

For years I wore my Swix cross-country ski pants for fat biking.  They have a wind-proof front, articulated knees, side zips, and are stretchy.  Under those I wore either a light base layer or my cycling bibs.

My system worked well but at some point I became envious of the dudes and their Club Ride Fat Jack pants.  I bought a pair, which I like – except I roll them up because they are men’s (and only made in a men’s version).  A few years later there are brands that make winter cycling pants in women’s versions.

Winter cycling pants - tree pants loamy

Trees Pants Loamy

Loamy Tree Pants

1. Trees Women’s Loamy Pants

$163

DESCRIPTION

Proudly made in Canada, the LOAMY is our all-new technical enduro pants! Meticulously designed, it has been tested and approved by our team members and ambassadors!

The fabric is light, breathable and provides 4-way stretch, allowing you to get amazing comfort while its durable water-repellent treatment (DWR), makes it so versatile for any ride.

Its ‘skinny’ fit ensures freedom of movement while pedaling and the pre-shaped knees allows you to wear your knee pads when things get rough whether riding Enduro, DH, or your local trails!

FEATURES

    • Back elastic waistband with belt loops for additional adjustment.
    • Double stitching for a better durability.
    • 2 angled side zip pockets strategically positioned.
    • Seamless crotch for increased comfort.
    • Pre-shaped knee construction for compatibility with pads.
    • Tapered Leg fit for pedaling.
    • Breathable.
    • Quick dry.
Bontrager Old Man Winter Soft-shell Fat Bike Pants

Bontrager OMW Soft-shell Fat Bike Pants

2. Bontrager OMW Women’s Softshell Fat Bike Pant 

** I’ve had these for a couple of months now and I LOVE them.  They thought of every detail with the design.  I got tired of “making do” with other pants that didn’t quite work and I’m glad I splurged on these.  The waist comes up a little higher in the back than most; the zippered cuffs and snaps easily accommodate a few different pairs of boots; I love the adjustable waist with the built in belt; and my favorite part is the zippered pockets on the front of the thighs.  I put chemical hand warmers in them when my thighs get cold on the downhill.  They are not a slim fit, which is nice because I wear my 3/4 length wind-front bibs underneath.

$200

DESCRIPTION

A women’s water-and wind-resistant pant designed for the dedicated cold-weather rider and the toughest conditions.

FEATURES

    • Softshell fabric combines warmth and protectionFive zippered pockets—two hand, one hip, two leg
    • Two zippered leg vents provide increased ventilation
    • Removable internal gaiter keeps deep snow out of leg openings
    • Zippered double-snap front with internal adjustable waist belt
    • Zippered leg openings for easy on and off that fits a wide range of boots

 

Sugoi Winter Cycling Pants

Sugoi Women’s ZeroPlus Wind Cycling Pants

3. Sugoi Women’s ZeroPlus Wind Cycling Pants

$84 – $120 

DESCRIPTION

Bike commutes and weekend rides can’t all be 70° and sunny. Sugoi ZeroPlus Wind women’s cycling pants offer warmth and stretch, along with wind- and water-resistant front panels and articulated knees.

FEATURES

    • ZeroPlus thermal fabric offers full-motion stretch and warmth
    • MicroFine fabric front panels add wind and water resistance
    • Wide waistband with internal drawcord secures the comfortable fit
    • Zippered hand pockets store essentials

 

 

Endura Sport Baggy Trouser

Endura Sport Baggy Trouser

4. Women’s MT500 Spray Baggy Trouser II

$180

DESCRIPTION 

The ultimate do it all women’s mountain biking trouser just got better. The Women’s MT500 Spray Trouser is designed to excel in damp, variable conditions. A waterproof, taped seat panel sheds off the worst of the water kicked up from your back wheel whilst unrestricted movement and comfort is maintained by using a durable stretch nylon fabric for the rest of the trouser.

The fit of these trousers has been engineered so that they can be comfortably worn with knee pads.

FEATURES 

    • Lightweight, durable, 4-way stretch front panels with DWR finish
    • PFC-Free, non-toxic durable water repellent finish
    • Waterproof, 3 layer seam taped rear panels for tyre spray protection
    • Stretch, wicking waistband with Velcro® side waist
    • Durable, seamless crotch panel
    • Zipped hand pockets
    • Zipped thigh vents with snap down pullers
    • Zipped ankle with gusset and snap down pullers
    • Clickfast™ liner compatible
    • 90 day Satisfaction Guarantee

 

Gore C5 Active Trail Pants for Winter Cycling for Women

Gore C5 Active Trail Pants

5. C5 Women’s GORE-TEX Active Trail Pants

$200

DESCRIPTION 

All day wet rides and constant down pours put high demands on your waterproof clothing. These light but fully sealed pants are made so your technical riding and pedaling ability remain unhindered, even as the weather deteriorates around you.

FEATURES

    • GORE-TEX Active fabric is softer and quieter in use for higher comfort
    • GORE-TEX Active product: lightweight, extremely breathable, durably waterproof and windproof
    • Inseam length 82 cm / 32.3 inches
    • Reflective details
    • Comfortable elastic waistband
    • Pre-shaped knees
    • Small inside key pocket on waistband
    • Wear-resistant seat reinforcement
    • Zippers at lateral hem for easy access with shoes

 

Swix Blizzard Pants

Swix Blizzard Pants

 

6. SWIX Women’s Blizzard Pants

I couldn’t find a price on the SWIX pants.

DESCRIPTION 

Weather protective ski-touring pants

Blizzard Pants are natural partners of the anorak on tour. Provides full weather protection and first rate breathability. Move freely with stretch. Confront the wet snow blizzard head on…

FEATURES

  • Polyester Oxford main fabric with stretch
  • 3Layer membrane construction with water column of 20.000mm
  • Water Vapor Permeable of 20.000g/sqm/24h
  • Critical seam taped means that main seams are sealed
  • Zipped fly, ancle adjuster, waist adjuster, belt loops
  • Articulated knee and hip
  • Sidepockets, thigh pocket, single rear pokcet

Also see the Dynamic Pants 

Swix Paramont Wool Pants

7. SWIX Women’s Paramount Tech Wool Pants

DESCRIPTION

Paramount tech wool pants are made of what is arguably the best fabric there is.

At least it is the ultimate performance fabric for its purpose; long exhausting but wonderful days out on skis, sometimes during which one is exposed to variable weather conditions. Swiss made – wool combination.

Natural evolution combined with world leading performance technology, stitched together in the nicest way possible. These Paramount products really are as premium as it gets.

Intuitive layout with front pockets. Full fabric stretch. Supreme temperature regulating wool comfort. Ventilating wind resistance and comfort detailing adds to the feeling of being protected. Nothing left to chance. Nature, functionality and looks hand in hand.

FEATURES

  • Schoeller® Naturetech™ bonded softshell with Ecodry™
  • Wind resistant, water-resistant and extremely breathable
  • Merino wool fabric back side
  • Very high level all direction stretch
  • Soft, comfortable yet hard-wearing fabric construction
  • Refined detailing
  • Classic front pockets

 

Women’s Kuhl Klash Pant

8. Women’s Kuhl Klash Pant ~ $139

DESCRIPTION

The hardest trails lead to the greatest rewards. When your route is rough, throw on the KLASH women’s lightweight hiking pants. Made from FLEXWURX durable softshell fabric, this pant is abrasion resistant and DWR coated. So while you shed bramble patches and cross brackish puddles, you feel dry and comfortable. Don’t shy away from the trail less traveled; blaze it with a pant made for barreling onward.

FEATURES

  • Durable Water Repellent Finish for wind and water resistance
  • Softshell pant with stretch, style and performance
  • Durable softshell with unique 2-tone weave and added abrasion resistance
  • Martindale abrasion test rating: passes 50k rubs
  • Year-round softshell pant with stretch, style and performance
  • Endure the elements with a lightweight hiking pant

 

Women's winter pants Iceline versa

Outdoor Research Women’s Iceline Versa Pants

9. Women’s Outdoor Research Iceline Versa Pants

$249

DESCRIPTION

Longtime-heralded, best-selling ice climbing pant just got more versatile. Introducing the Iceline Versa Pants; the purpose-built pant for tackling steep ice, warding off abrasions, and providing warmth for the cold climates you can climb in. The Iceline Versa Pants use a newly updated ultra-breathable, three-layer stretch fabric that moves and manages moisture as you work hard throughout the day, while an abrasion-resistant face fabric protects against ice, rope, gear, and whatever obstacles stand in your way of the send.

FEATURES

Water Resistant
Breathable
Critically Seam-Taped
Windproof
Movement-Mirroring Stretch

 

Men's winter fat biking pants 45NRTH

45NRTH Naughtwind Pant

10. Men’s Naughtvind Shell Pant

$195

Insulate yourself against cold and brutal winter weather with protection that’s reliable and comfortable: 45NRTH’s Naughtvind Pants. Designed to layer perfectly over our Naughtvind Bibs, these smartly constructed pants use the same doubleweave fabric as our Naughtvind Jacket — so they breathe, stretch, and protect like nothing else.

FEATURES

    • Double weave fabric provides the best combination of weather protection, breathability & stretch
    • Zippered rear pockets with side access strategically placed for easy access when riding
    • Zippered ventilation at the thighs allows you to dump excess body heat
    • Hook and loop webbing waist adjustment is secure and easy to adjust
    • Slim ankle pipe fits over 45NRTH boots without creating excess bulk, and hook & loop tab allows for adjustment

 

Club Ride Men's Fat Jack Fatbike Pant for winter cycling

Club Ride Fat Jack Pant

11. Men’s Club Ride Fat Jack Pant

$99

**I’ve had these a few years now and I never got around to hemming them –  they are too long so I roll them up.  Also, I wish they had zippered cuffs to accommodate winter boots. I am 5’5” and 130 lbs and have the men’s small.

DESCRIPTION 

Technical and robust, our Fat Jack pant was designed for the epic fat-bike ride on miles of winter single track. Don’t have snow? Don’t fret, the Fat Jack performs in dirt and on pavement just as well.

Our stretch, water resistant double weave fabric with durable canvas leg patches deliver the workman’s pant in a technical package. Reflective accents add night time security. The side leg pockets store all of your goodies securely behind a reflective bound zipper or open them up for full upper leg ventilation.

FEATURES

    • 2-Way Stretch
    • DWR Finish for Water & Wind
    • BYOB Belt Loops (Bring Your Own Belt)
    • Articulated Knees & Gusset For Improved Range of Motion
    • Zippered Pockets Double For Optional Vents
    • 5 Pockets, 2 Front, 2 Zippered Leg, 1 Zippered Rear Pocket
    • RideLight Reflective Accents
    • Inseam 33″
    • This pant is not padded, padded chamois shorts sold separately
    • Sport fit
PEARL iZUMi Amfib Lite Pant

PEARL iZUMi Amfib Lite Pant

12. Men’s PEARL iZUMi Summit AmFIB Lite Bike Pants

$104- $150

DESCRIPTION

The Summit AmFIB® Lite Pants combine AmFib® Lite fabric on the front and Thermal fabric on the back for the perfect balance of warmth and pedaling performance for all but the coldest days.

Our PI DRY® technology adds water-shedding performance to the Thermal panels so you’ll stay dry when charging through puddles or kicking up snow.

These insulated mountain bike pants with wind and water protection will keep you cranking through the dark days of winter. Wear these pants over your favorite Liner shorts, or wear them over cycling tights for additional warmth.

FEATURES 

    • ELITE AmFIB® Softshell fabric offers wind and water protection
    • Thermal Fleece fabric with water shedding PI Dry® technology on back of knees
    • Snap front waist closure with zip fly
    • External waist adjustment
    • Two zippered security hand pockets and zipped pocket on thigh
    • Tailored mountain bike specific fit
    • BioViz® reflective elements for low-light visibility

Also see PEARL iZUMi Summit AmFIB Pant

Men's Rabbles Kinetic Alpine Winter Cycling Pants

Men’s Rab Kinetic Alpine Pants

 

13. Men’s Rab Kinetic Alpine Pants 

$180

DESCRIPTION 

Forget everything you think you know – the Kinetic Alpine Pants will change the way you dress for the mountains. Fully waterproof, highly breathable and stretchy, this is a radical re-approach to protective yet comfortable clothing systems.

The Kinetic Alpine Pants are close-fitting stretch waterproof pants with unrivalled mobility and comfort. Created from Rab’s own Proflex fabric, the inner to quickly wicks away any sweat and moisture, while the outer protects you from the elements.

Ceramic print overlays have then been added to high wear areas such as the seat and knee to increase durability and reduce the risk of snagging or tearing without hindering the flexibility of the fabric.

In addition to this, low profile waist adjustment, zipped expanding ankle closure and knee articulation all ensure high functionality for the mountains. Light and highly packable, a small stuff sack aids easy storage in a pack or clipped to harness.

FEATURES

  • High gauge knit wicking lining
  • Ceramic print overlays on seat, knees and instep
  • Proflex™ stretchy, breathable and waterproof fabric with tough nylon face
  • Low profile drawcord waist adjustment
  • YKK® reversed fly opening
  • 2 YKK® zipped handwarmer pockets
  • YKK® zipped expanding ankle closure
  • Knee articulation
  • Webbing loops at hem for under boot cord attachment
  • Fit: Slim

Also see Winter Boots for Fatbiking. Pleave your comments for the good of the cause and subscribe to the blog!  

Thanks and Happy Trails!

Winter bikepacking in the Wind River Mountains

Winter bikepacking in the Wind River Mountains

 

 

 

 

 

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