Pants are pants, right? Any pair you have will do just fine in the winter, right?
You know, there’s actually some truth to that. It really comes down to what you need winter pants for. If you just need any pair of pants to get you to the grocery store and back and stuff of that nature, really any old pair will do.
However, if you’re more of an outdoor enthusiast and love adventuring whether that be backpacking, hiking, camping, you name it, you might need to actually find a specific pair of winter pants.
Now, as you can see from the title, the focus isn’t on men today, it’s on women. We’ve compiled 10 of the best winter pants women will surely love and adore. We just have three words for you…are you ready?
1. Arctix Insulated Snow Pants
Apparently, we’re not the only ones who think this pair of women’s winter pants is utterly fantastic. Let’s just say that this design is a best seller on Amazon for a reason. Or shall we say for many reasons? Mainly, these winter pants women love due to their superb combination of warmth, protection, durability, and adjustability.
Make no mistake about it, these are geared to handle winter weather. The Thermatech insulation coupled with the Thermalock durable coating allows for superior warmth on the inside and protection against snow, wind, and water on the outside.
Of course, in order to enjoy these pants to their fullest, the right size needs to be purchased. Like…duh, right? It sounds obvious but these have been known to run long and big. Then again, when it comes to buying winter pants online, it’s pretty much impossible for sizing concerns to not be present.
- Available in many colors and sizes
- Warm and protective
- The velcro waistband is nice
- Known to run big
- Also known to run long
- Pockets don’t stay dry very well
2. Eddie Bauer Fleece-Lined Pants
With lists of this nature, it always seems as if Eddie Bauer products are making an appearance. Speaking for this excellent pair of winter pants women seem to adore, they can actually be used for a variety of different reasons.
Then again, without question, these are designed for the winter. In addition to the fact that they’re fleece-lined, they’re also not bulky at all. So, if you wanted, you could slap on a pair of rain or ski pants over these suckers for even more warmth.
What’s also nice is the fact that the fabric composition and construction don’t restrict your movement very much. In other words, these could even make a pretty nice pair of hiking pants. One of the only few downsides is the lack of color options, which is something some women may not appreciate very much.
- Very warm
- Soft and comfortable
- Resist the wind pretty well
- Needs better color variety
- Sizing can be off
- Somewhat pricey
3. Arc’teryx Gamma AR Women’s Pants
If you know anything about Arc’teryx, you know that their winter gear is just top-notch in nearly every way possible. For sheer quality and use, we’d venture to say you’re not going to find a better pair of winter pants from any other manufacturer.
The Gamma AR’s high-performance design (from its softshell that offers great resistance to abrasions and four-way stretch flexibility to its weather-resistant outer shell) is what women will love and adore about these bad boys.
Wait, so something’s not adding up. Why is this only third if we’re saying how amazing they are? It really comes down to their price, sizing, and availability. Arc’teryx gear is generally known to be very expensive. As for the sizing and availability, they kind of go hand-in-hand. Finding the right size for you can prove to be a challenge due to the lack of availability at times.
- The quality is superb
- Made for hard-wearing
- Very stylish pair of pants
- Very pricey
- Can be hard to find sizes
- Availability can be tough
4. Helly Hansen Waterproof Pants
Alright, so what makes these next pair of winter pants so great is their fully weatherproof protection. Now, clearly, if Mother Nature wants to win the battle, then she’s going to. However, these rain/winter pants are incredibly weatherproof.
The polyurethane waterproof design coupled with the Helox+ materials is what allows these pants to be so ideal when the weather isn’t. Then again, don’t plan on these being very breathable as they’re really designed to be warm and protective.
And even though the overall build is high in quality, they can be susceptible to sharp objects such as tree branches and thorn bushes. For the sizing, however, they’re about what you’d expect in that some additional research will be required to ensure the best size possible.
- Made to handle the weather
- Quite comfortable overall
- Tend to run long
- Known to be tight in the waist
- Susceptible to sharp objects
5. Nonwe Snow Pants
Quite honestly, if you take away the design of the pockets which can be problematic for some, this is probably as good as it gets. We say that because we feel confident in saying that winter pants women will like will be affordable, comfortable, weather-resistant, and most of all…warm.
The fleece interior allows them to retain body heat very well while the outer shell offers great wind and water protection. But what about those pockets, are they really that bad? Well, one issue with them is purely cosmetic as they can create odd-looking creases and silhouettes.
The other issue is they can rub on the skin a little bit. To easily fix that, wear a base layer with these snow pants. Plus, that’s going to allow for even more warmth and comfort in the freezing cold.
- Very comfortable to wear
- The fleece interior is fantastic
- Fairly affordable
- Cargo pockets can look goofy
- They can also rub on the skin
- Bland offering of colors
6. Columbia Outdoor Pants
Okay, two things to note right off of the bat here. One, Columbia, even for people who don’t shop for clothes very often, is a brand that is almost universally recognized (and not for the wrong reasons). Two, alone, we probably wouldn’t go hike in below-zero temperatures with these bad boys.
That’s not to say that they can’t be used as winter pants because of course they can, and they’re an excellent pair too. From the Omni-Shield technology that allows for water resistance and the Omni-Shade fabric that allows for sun protection (which can still be important in the winter), the overall design is great.
They also come with pockets though they’re not the best, admittedly. Finally, they’re built with quality in mind. Then again, this is Columbia so that’s pretty much a given.
- Great value for the price
- Soft and comfortable
- The material is very stretchy
- They have a lot of static cling
- Not the best pockets
- Sizing can be off
7. Camel Crown Waterproof Pants
Man are these ever impressive. Wait maybe we should’ve said this instead. Woman are these ever impressive. Wait, that doesn’t flow very well, does it? Moving on from that awkwardness, let’s talk about why these winter pants women adore and why we think pretty highly of them too.
It really comes down to the combination of their fleece-lined interior and windproof and water-resistant core. They’re not the most waterproof pair of pants out there, but they get the job done quite well in this area. Also, the hand pockets, which are insulated, can actually be closed with a zipper. A subtle, nice addition.
Perhaps the only “problem,” again, comes with the sizing. The general consensus is that these run on the small side, so it may be wise to order a size up. You may end up having to return for a different size, but that goes with virtually anything clothing-related online.
- Great quality
- The waterproofing is pretty good
- Terrific look and feel
- They’re kind of noisy
- Sizing issues can persist
- Could be too thick for some
8. Mountain Hardwear Dynama Pants
There’s no doubt about it, there’s little to complain about with the Dynama Pants from Mountain Hardwear. While not the thickest pair of winter pants on the market, they’re very comfortable and dry quickly thanks to the DWR coating that’s been applied to them.
And if you’re someone who likes pants with roomy pockets, you’ll be loving the pockets on these bad boys. Even when filled with items, though, the elastic waist holds up pretty darn well. We’d be remiss, however, not to mention the one issue that could play a role here.
These have been known to have pilling issues. Now, this isn’t going to ruin the pair of pants, but it’s worth mentioning as if you absolutely can’t stand when fabric pills, it’s understandable if you wouldn’t want to pull the trigger on these. Otherwise, though, they’re really good.
- Features a DWR coating
- Very comfortable
- Elastic waist is well-designed
- Won’t be thick enough for some
- Known to have pilling issues
- Looks odd with roomy pockets
9. Camii Mia Winter Pants
If not for one issue that we’ll talk about in a second, we easily think these could’ve landed in the top three of this list. Yeah, they’re really that good. Perhaps they could even be the posterchild for winter pants women love and let’s explain why.
Outside of the rather affordable price, as winter pants can get costly pretty quickly, the design fuses what most of the best designs on the market fuse. These pants sport an outer shell that’s been made with waterproof fabric and an interior lined with fleece. Thus, making them windproof, waterproof, and just straight warm.
Oh yeah, the articulating knees are also a really nice design feature as they allow these to be practical for mobility reasons. In other words, these are great for hiking and backpacking. However, that one issue we alluded to at the beginning is with the zipper. It’s been known to have durability problems.
- Strong variety of colors
- Very comfortable to wear
- Designed for use in the winter
- The ad claims they run small
- Zipper has had durability issues
- Too high on the waist for some
10. BALEAF Winter Leggings
Alright, so here’s the thing. No way would anyone recommend only wearing these winter leggings out in the freezing cold. You’d probably be frozen in mere seconds. However, what these are excellent for is to be used as a base layer during the winter. Then again, many women will probably wear these all year round.
And even though they can be used in the winter, they wick away sweat from your body. Even in the winter, your body can sweat. So, this is a nice feature especially for a base layer that’ll be directly on your skin.
To minimize rubbing and chafing and to also maximize movement, these have been designed with a gusseted crotch. Topping it all off is a variety of colors that women will love. We couldn’t think of a better selection to cap off this list.
- Excellent color variety
- Breathable fabric
- Great as a base layer in the winter
- Not very warm on their own
- Can run a little long
- Front V seam looks unpleasant
Frequently asked questions
Let’s take a closer look at some of the most frequently asked questions 🙂
Do winter pants fold up into a compact size?
No, this question isn’t going to be relevant for everyone. It will be of relevance, however, for those who plan to go backpacking, hiking, or even camping with their new pair of winter pants. For these purposes, the best winter pants women will probably prefer are those that fold compactly.
With thick and well-insulated winter pants, they’ll probably still take up quite a bit of space in your backpack. The thinner the pants, the less space they’ll take up. Yet, with thinner pants, more layers may be necessary which will add more storage. When doing such activities in the winter, just expect your pants to take up a decent amount of room.
Can you pull them over your jeans?
It all depends on the type of winter pants that you buy. As you noticed even just on this list, some will be thicker than others and some will be meant to be the base layers. For those that are fairly thick, they should easily fit over your jeans and other such base layers. It’s certainly not a bad idea to have a pair of jeans underneath if you plan on going out for several hours in ridiculously cold temperatures.
What if my winter pants are too long?
Then you’re completely out of luck and might as well burn your winter pants or just sell them at a garage sale. Nah, we’re only having a little fun. If you know how to hem or know someone who knows how to hem, you may be able to fix the problem of your winter pants being too long. Of course, a quicker solution is to just bunch the end of the pants up. This might not be the most appealing or comfortable solution, however.
How do I add inches to my pants’ waist?
This is kind of a tough one as it’s harder to account for winter pants that are too tight than those that are too loose. After all, you could always use a belt for pants that are too loose. There’s still some luck if your winter pants are too tight. While they’re wet, try stretching the waistband as much as you can (without damaging the pants of course). You can also try buying special waistband stretchers. If they’re too tight to even get close to fitting, though, you may be out of luck.
That’s basically it for the best and warmest winter pants for women. I hope you found what you were looking for.
Suppose you’re going camping, I’ve got a little something for you. I’ve actually written a blog post on how to make coffee while camping – so you can keep warm all day long!