Finally! Flattering Hiking Pants – Mountain Hardwear Dynama Pants

Finally! Flattering Hiking Pants – Mountain Hardwear Dynama Pants

I’ll admit it. I’m spandex obsessed. I love spandex so much that my friends have coined the term “Bor” shorts in reference to my favorite black spandex shorts that I have worn on the reg for years. I know. It’s bad.

Anyways, when Mountain Hardwear offered to send me a pair of their new Dynama pants, I was skeptical. These didn’t stand a chance against my beloved spandex, or so I thought.

I typically find hiking pants to be uncomfortable and pretty unflattering. At least on me, they are usually too tight in the waist making them annoying when I really start moving. At the same time, they are way baggy everywhere else. Not sexy, not at all.

So…when I first put on the Mountain Hardwear Dynama pants I was pleasantly surprised. First, they have an elastic waistband. Perfect. That problem I mention about hiking pants digging into the waist? Solved.

Next, the pant leg is a bit tapered giving them a more flattering and fitted shape than the typical wrinkled droopy look on most hiking pants. The bottom of the Dynama pant leg also cinches up, adding a bit of personality. This added touch makes it so they don’t scream “dorky hiker pants” for those of you who want to wear them around town or when traveling.

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I decided to put them to the field test on a recent hike out at Red Rock National Conservation Area in Las Vegas. Turns out, the Mountain Hardwear Dynama pants are pretty darn functional. They have deep front pockets, meaning you can have quick access to your chapstick or iPhone if you want to take a quick photo. They are also good at regulating temperature. It was about 80 degrees when I was hiking up towards Turtlehead Peak, and I never felt sweaty or hot. I wish I had these when I was traveling in the Belize jungle where long pants were essential for keeping the mosquitos at bay.

I was most impressed with the Dynama pants when I took a good spill in them. Clumsy me. The trail was steep and had a lot of loose rocks. I lost my footing and put my hand right in a cactus. Ouch! Anyways the pants came out scotch-free, indicating that they are durable even with how lightweight the stretchy nylon fabric is.

The one thing I would change on Mountain Hardwear Dynama pants is the string that you use to cinch up the bottom of the pant leg. I noticed a few times when the string was hanging out, and it got caught on branches that were sticking out on the trail.

Mountain Hardwear Dynama Pants field test at Red Rock National Conservation Area

Mountain Hardwear Dynama Pants field test at Red Rock National Conservation Area


Will the Mountain Hardwear Dynama Pants replace my spandex? Probably not entirely…but for long flights, international travel, spring and fall hikes, and camping trips, I am excited to have a second pair of comfortable hiking pants to add to my regular rotation.

If you are looking for a new flattering but comfy pair of hiking pants, you can check out the Dynama Pants at Mountain HardwearMoosejaw, or Amazon. They come in black, grey, maroon, or army green. I wore the size 8 and found them to be true to size.



Mountain Hardwear Dynama Pants field test at Red Rock National Conservation Area

Disclosure: Mountain Hardwear sent me these pants at no cost, but as always, all of the opinions expressed here are my own. Also, some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you make a purchase, I receive a tiny bit of compensation at no added cost to you. I only recommend products that I truly love, and any purchases you make help keep this blog going. Thanks for all of your support, and if you ever have any questions about any of the products featured on my site, please email me. Thanks! Kristen

Written by Kristen Bor

Hey there! My name is Kristen, and this is my outdoor blog. I discovered the power of the outdoors in my 20s, at the time I needed it most. Now 15 years later, prioritizing that critical connection with nature continues to improve my life. My goal at Bearfoot Theory is to empower you with the tools and advice you need to responsibly get outside.

15 comments on “Finally! Flattering Hiking Pants – Mountain Hardwear Dynama Pants

  1. I have been looking for hiking pants for quite a while now but have been unable to find any I liked.
    But these actually look really nice. Thanks! 🙂

  2. Belts and hiking pants, like oil and water. Glad to see someone has come out with an alternative. The fact that they’re “women’s pants” doesn’t faze me in the least; wouldn’t be the first time 🙂 I used to cook for big MH corporate training events in Escalante. After five days of fun and food the MH-folks would toss me a BIG bag of gear, a tip on top of my tip 😉 Excellent quality across the board and everything they threw at me is still going strong, some of it five years old now.

    1. Hey Scott – agreed! Mountain Hardwear makes top quality stuff. My tent is made by Mountain Hardwear, and I couldn’t be happier with it. If you end up buying these pants, make sure to share a pic with us! 🙂

    1. Hey Christina – That’s too bad that the shorts were off in terms of size. I have a size 8 in the pants, which is what I normally wear and they fit me just right. Maybe it would be helpful to give them a call and see if they recommend going a size up. My fingers are crossed that they work out for ya! -Kristen

  3. Hi there, I am wondering if you could tell me what country these pants were made in? Per MHW website, they state that all use of PFC’s has been phased out on ant product made after January 1, 2015 – except for products sourced in South Korea. So, I’m hoping to find out where these are made if you could check the tag and get back to me, I would really appreciate it. These pants look awesome!

    1. Hi Sara – Sorry for the delay. The tag says they are made in Vietnam. Hope that helps and if you decide to get a pair, let me know what you think! -Kristen

  4. Good Post, women’s out door clothes are hard. You can find ones that fit well but do not look well. Like the Mountain Hardwaer’s ones they look good but do not function well on long hikes.

    1. Thanks for the comment! Out of personal preference, I still stick to my spandex on backpacking trips, but I’ve worn these Mountain Hardwear pants on long hikes and for traveling and find them to be a good compromise between look, fit, and function. Thanks again! -Kristen

  5. I LOVE these pants! I got a pair for my week long backpacking trip to the Enchantments and they were wonderful! They were comfortable and still fit well after multiple days on the trail. Thanks for the recommendation!

    1. Awesome! I’m so glad you liked them. And what beautiful pictures from your trip! I’ve always wanted to go up to the Enchantments and now I’m extra inspired. Cheers! Kristen

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