Best MTB pants 2024 – we test top mountain bike trousers for full length trail and gravity protection

A male mountain biker riding in 100% Airmatic pants one of the best mtb pants
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The best MTB pants have gone from motocross-styled trousers reserved for downhill racers into something you would reach for when heading out on a trail ride. And thanks to advancements in fabric technology and tailoring, MTB pants have become a popular choice all-year round, rather than just for foul weather.

Gone are the days of bulky and thick mountain biking pants that didn't breathe, now the best MTB pants are made from the same materials as you'd find on the best mountain bike shorts, with stretchy fabrics and fits that feature vents to help keep things cooler. Brands have realized that a slimmer fit is less obtrusive, and can help to keep the best knee pads in place, too.

Our experts have tested a wide range of pants in all kinds of riding conditions, so you can be sure there's a pair of MTB trousers to suit your needs. Our top pick is the Gorewear Fernflow pant, and our budget buy is the O'Neal Trailfinder Stealth.

Keep reading for our pick of the best MTB pants or jump to the bottom to find out what to look for when buying a pair. And if you're in the market for some riding trousers for the worst of the weather, you might be interested in our guide to the best waterproof MTB pants.

The best MTB pants 

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The quick list

1. Best overall

Lower half of man on path with trees behind

They have pre-shaped knees and ankle zips which open almost all the way to the back of the knee (Image credit: Russell Burton)
The best overall – a new standard in trail pants

Specifications

Pockets: 2
Waist closure: Fly zip, two snap button closure with covered hook
Vents: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Articulated cut
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Additional protection through the seat
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Versatile enough for casual outdoor activity

Reasons to avoid

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The Fernflow is hard to fault

Gorewear says its Fernflow pants are designed to be your constant companion on technical trails in cool and changeable conditions and in our tests we found they more than live up to this. They are a great fit, have enough stretch comfort and warmth for cooler days, offer spray and water protection, and look good for casual use too. 

The Fernflow is made using Gore-Tex Infinium Windstopper which is both windproof and water resistant, with fully taped seams adding more protection through the vulnerable seat area. Freedom of movement comes from a mix of four-way stretch in the fabric and a cut that articulates the knees in a riding shape.

The back waist is cut high to prevent it pulling down as you move around on the bike, and tabs at the side waist allow you to dial the fit. Long off-set zips at the hem are designed to make it easier to pull on over shoes. Two hip pockets are also zipped and side vents allow the legs to be opened right up. The overall cut is slim but not tight and the legs are long. 

We tested them in a range of temperatures from a mild 14 C, down to a shade above zero, and found them comfortable in all conditions. On warmer days we opened up the leg zips. The water resistance of the Gore-Tex Infinium Windstopper was enough to keep spray off from the trail and the odd shower off from above.

Available in Black or Utility Green, they are excellent trail pants and ones you’ll be living in on and off the bike. 

Check out our Gorewear Fernflow pants review for more details.

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The lowdown: Gorewear Fernflow pants
AttributesNotesRating
ProtectionWindproof and water resistant★★★★★
BreathabilityNot ideal for warmer rides★★
DurabilityRugged enough to handle crashes★★★★
ValueHigh end price but worth it★★★

2. Best value

Lower half of man on path wearing mountain bike trousers

The pants have a really close but not constricting fit (Image credit: Guy Kesteven)
Best for value – all the features you need at an excellent price

Specifications

Pockets: 2
Waist closure: Ratchet
Vents: No

Reasons to buy

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Excellent price
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Great stretch fit
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Lightweight
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Secure waist
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Generous hand pockets

Reasons to avoid

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No reinforced seat
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No weatherproofing

O'Neal's Trailfinder Stealth pants are a lightweight race pant that was originally designed in collaboration with Greg Minaar. Despite having input from the greatest downhiller of all time, the Trailfinder Stealth pants are very affordable.

O'Neal has used a stretch fit fabric and added super-stretchy triangular ankle inserts to help give the pants a really close but not constricting fit. The stretch material means there is enough give in the material to fit over knee-pads and still comfortably pedal. While there is no weather protection, the material is lightweight and quick drying. Closure and waist adjustment is handled by a ratchet and zipped fly.

Our tester, Guy Kesteven, summed up the Trailfinder Stealths. "No splash protection for winter/wet but great fitting, super-fast drying riding/racing pants with all the features you need at an excellent price."

Check out our full review of the O’Neal Trailfinder Stealth.

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The lowdown: O’Neal Trailfinder Stealth
AttributesNotesRating
ProtectionNo weather proofing but they dry quickly★★
BreathabilityLightweight materials keep things cool★★★★
DurabilityLook good after months of riding★★★
ValueGreat spec for the money★★★★

3. Best women's fit

Mountain biker pushing bike along wooded path

The pre-curved fit at the knee is roomy enough for gravity orientated pads  (Image credit: @my_reasons.to.smile)
Best female-orientated MTB pants

Specifications

Pockets: 3
Waist : Moto-style buckle
Vents: No

Reasons to buy

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Soft, waterproof, windproof and stretch fabric
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Perfectly sized pre-shaped knee pad shape
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Proportioned well for the female form
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Soft lined phone pocket
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Waterproof and breathable laminated seat lining

Reasons to avoid

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Standard leg length only
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Would have liked a zip fastening for ease of removal on the ankle/calf

Leatt launched women’s specific clothing some years back and it’s great to see a wider and well-thought-out range, including the Women’s MTB Gravity 4.0 pant.

Made from polyester and spandex, the Gravity 4.0 pants are comfortable and flexible, with a pre-curved fit around the knee which gives room for knee guards. The inside of the knee area is lined with the three-layer waterproof laminate fabric and the shin brush guards give added reinforcement. There’s a Moto-style buckle for adjustable fastening, two zipped hip pockets and a phone pocket on the rear waistband.

The pants have a MoistureCool mesh lining to help retain warmth in colder conditions and wick away sweat in the heat. Lazer cut ventilation holes also provide breathability around the base of the back and the areas of the thigh most likely to sweat. 

In our tests, we found these pants were a great fit for the female shape and they withstood everything we threw at them. They are windproof and kept us warm enough, and the water resistance is enough to keep you dry in fairly rainy conditions. They wash really well after being put through their riding paces and the waterproof lining has so far not been affected.

They are on the pricier side but these pants are a great investment, with the fit and attention to detail spot on. 

Check out our full Leatt Women's MTB Gravity 4.0 review for more details. 

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The lowdown: Leatt Women's MTB Gravity 4.0 Pant
AttributesNotesRating
ProtectionWaterproofing and reinforced areas★★★★
BreathabilityRun warm but ventilation holes help★★
DurabilitySturdy enough to take the knocks★★★
ValueWell made but not cheap★★

4. Best for winter

A man wearing green MTB pants

The MT500 Spray Trousers are an excellent winter option (Image credit: Don NG)
Totally sorted pants for winter riding

Specifications

Pockets: 2
Waist: Twin press studs
Vents: Yes, zipped

Reasons to buy

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Taped, waterproof seat area
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Much more breathable than a full waterproof
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Rugged construction
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Thick waist band with silicone grippers
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Zipped ankles and thigh vents

Reasons to avoid

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Too hefty for warmer months
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Persistent rain/spray will get through 

If you're looking for some mid-weight pants to wear throughout the winter, Endura's MT500 Spray Trousers are our recommended option. Bike Perfect editor, Rich Owen, tested the pants over several months in seriously wet and cold conditions and they kept him comfortable and dry in all but the worst weathers.

Constructed from a medium-weight Nylon and Elastane fabric, the material has been treated with a DWR (durable water repellent) chemical and given Endura's decent eco-credentials, the treatment is non-toxic and doesn't contain harmful PFCs.

The seat panel uses a fully waterproof fabric, which runs from the bottom of the inner thighs to the tailbone and has internally taped seams. Lots of brands use a similar design on foul-weather legwear, but Rich found that the panel on the MT500s gave better protection than most.

Each leg gets three zips. Inside the top one is a hand-sized pocket, then a vent on the thigh/knee area, and finally a wider ankle opening to help make putting on socks and shoes easier while minimizing excess ankle flappage. On the inside of each ankle is a thicker layer of fabric to guard against chain snags or cranks chafing the material.

During the testing period, the DWR treatment has become less effective, but the trousers still do a decent good job of keeping splashes away – even when caked in wet mud. Rich says, "only when it's been hammering it down with rain or I've been riding non-porous trails with lots of wheel spray has the fabric soaked up water. Even then, the waterproof seat section has helped keep the areas that count drier (aka my rear end and nether regions) which keeps things more comfortable."

For more detail, see our full Endura MT500 Spray Trouser review.

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The lowdown: Endura MT500 Spray Trouser
AttributesNotesRating
ProtectionExcellent splash and wind protection★★★★
BreathabilityThigh vents help to dump heat★★
DurabilityTough and well made★★★★
ValueWell priced and will last for years★★★★

5. Best waterproof

7mesh Thunder Pants splattered with mud

The Thunder Pant is genuinely waterproof and kept us properly dry for hours at a time (Image credit: Guy Kesteven)
The best waterproof and seriously tough pants

Specifications

Pockets: 1
Waist closure: Ratchet
Vents: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Genuinely waterproof 
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Amazing fit
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Properly tough 
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Pull over shoe design

Reasons to avoid

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Price, even if it is justifiable

Beyond the best mountain bike garment name ever lies the only waterproof riding pants we’ve ever tried that actually kept us properly dry, regardless of the conditions or ride duration. And the best part about 7Mesh’s Thunder Pants is it doesn’t even need to be horrendous weather to use them, thanks to their exceptional cut and incredible breathing properties. 

At first, the fit felt strange due to their peculiar fly-less arrangement and less-conventional front fastening, but it’s obvious that everything has been done with foul-weather protection being the first and foremost priority. 

The Thunder Pant doesn’t feel like old-school waterproof pants of the past either, as the state of the art Gore-Tex Pro 3L fabric is smooth and brilliantly tailored. Their lengthy Vislon zips up each leg allow you to slide them over shoes, kneepads, and even other pants, too. 7Mesh offers the Thunderpants in XS – XXL and there are even pre-marked cut guides on the neoprene cuffs so they can be cut to any rider's ideal length. Oh and there’s room for proper knee pads without a compromise in fit or comfort. 

Yes, the price tag is high enough to make your eyes water, but it’s one of the few products that over-delivers when it comes to fit, function, and elite performance. If you’re frequently riding in wet weather climates the 7Mesh Thunder Pant is a genuinely game-changing product.

Find out more in our full 7Mesh Thunder Pant review.

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The lowdown: 7Mesh Thunder Pant
AttributesNotesRating
ProtectionSupremely waterproof★★★★★
BreathabilityMore breathable than you'd imagine★★
DurabilityProperly tough★★★★
ValueExpensive, but worth the investment★★

6. Best lightweight

Specialized Trail Pants being worn outside

They are tapered for a racy fit, but the elasticated ankle cuffs make them a cinch to get on and off (Image credit: Jim Bland)
Exceptional performance pants for milder weather

Specifications

Pockets: 3
Waist: Ratchet
Vents: No

Reasons to buy

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Supremely good fit
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Secure and reliable waist closure
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Decent pockets
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Unobstructed knee pad compatibility
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Durable

Reasons to avoid

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No vents
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Cut might be too tight for some tastes

Subtle to the eye, the Trail pants from the big red S strike a perfect balance of all-day usability, style, and protection. 

Constructed using Specialized’s in-house VaporRize fabric, our tester, Jim Bland, found they have a featherweight feel and an ultra-breathable function on the trail. Adding to the Trail pant's breezy operating temperature are a series of well-positioned laser perforated vents. It does mean the Trail Pants aren’t the best option for the colder months, but they're a great option when things are mild. 

The shape of the pants themselves is more tapered than most which results in a racier fit, but elasticated ankle cuffs are in place to make sure they’re a cinch to get on and off and additional material around the knees means they’re knee pad ready. 

A buckle waist keeps them in place and secure, and the three zipped pockets ensure your ride essentials are stowed with confidence. They're offered in a gigantic size range and either Black or Charcoal colorways.

Jim summed the pants. "As riding trousers go the Specialized Trail Pants are stand out – I can't recommend them enough, along as you're not put off by the slim aesthetic."

For more info, read our full Specialized Trail Pant review.

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The lowdown: Specialized Trail Pant
AttributesNotesRating
ProtectionOnly splash resistant but quick drying★★★
BreathabilityLazer cut vents and lightweight fabric★★★★★
DurabilitySnag resistant★★★
ValueA great option for the outlay★★★★

7. Best women's lightweight

Rapha Women's Trail Lightweight Pants being worn outdoors

The high-cut stretch rear waist stays in place without bulky straps or Velcro (Image credit: Jon Slade)
Best women's lightweight pants

Specifications

Pockets: 1
Waist: Pop button
Vents: No

Reasons to buy

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Knee pad compatible
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Free repairs
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Well placed phone pockets

Reasons to avoid

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No vents 
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Different leg length options would be great 

While Rapha may be better known for its high-end road attire, the brand's relatively fresh mountain bike range has included some impressive boutique-like items too, and the Women’s Lightweight Trail pant is one of them. 

Rapha’s Lightweight Trail pant is constructed from a uber-lightweight, four-way stretching and abrasion-resistant material which is then sewn in a multi-panel formation to provide a slim, unrestrictive cut. The inner ankle gets reinforced where the cranks may rub, and the waistband is cut high at the rear to provide additional comfort and protection.

While the lightweight pant is designed for mild and mostly dry weather conditions, its DWR (Durable Water Repellant) coating does an excellent job of shrugging off puddle splashes and random rain showers, all while drying notably quickly. 

Due to their killer fit, exceptional craftsmanship and great looks, Rapha's Lightweight Trail pants are a solid three-season investment. Another huge bonus is Rapha’s repair service, which will get you back up and running should you encounter a rip or stray stitching. 

Our tester, Shim Slade, summed up the Lightweight Trails. "Totally unrestrictive, well-designed and premium quality trail pants to see you comfortably through the shoulder seasons."

Make sure to hit up our in-depth Rapha Women's Trail Lightweight pant review for more information. We've also reviewed the Men's Rapha Trail Lightweight Pants which share the same versatile performance but are tailored for chaps.

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The lowdown: Rapha Women’s Lightweight Pants
AttributesNotesRating
ProtectionShower-resistant and quick drying★★★
BreathabilityLazer cut vents and lightweight fabric★★★★
DurabilityCan handle the knocks★★★
ValueHigher priced but worth the extra★★★

8. Best all-day

100% Airmatic pants being worn on a moor

They have a shaped cut consisting of 18 panels that give plenty space for knee pads (Image credit: Andy Lloyd)
The best MTB trousers for all-day riding

Specifications

Pockets: 2
Waist closure: Hook and eyelet
Vents: No

Reasons to buy

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Shaped cut
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Wind resistant stretch fabric
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Work well with most knee pads
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Inner phone pocket

Reasons to avoid

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Limited waistline adjustment

100%'s Airmatic Pants are a top option for keeping the worst of the dirt and the elements at bay. Even on long days in the saddle it's easy to forget you're in full-length trousers as the lightweight, four-way stretch fabric is barely noticeable as you ride.

The shaped cut made with 18 fabric panels is excellent and allowed us to wear fairly bulky knee pads in testing without any noticeable pull while pedaling. A 'mountaineering inspired' wide metal hook and multiple eyelet closure system works well to secure the waist, while a textured silicone section inside the waistband helps prevent noticeable slippage, even when wet and coated with mud.

The nylon, spandex, polyester mixed fabric doesn't get too heavy when wet and dries quickly. It's treated with a DWR coating that shrugs off showers initially, but as usual, doesn't last more than a few machine washes. The fabric is definitely snag resistant and has come out on top despite catching on many hanging brambles at speed during testing.

The Airmatic pants come in two funereal colors – black and charcoal – which is pretty sensible as they're designed to get hammered in winter. Sizing starts with a 28in waist and goes up to 38 at two inch intervals. Our 30in test sample seemed pretty bang on size-wise, but there's not a huge amount of waistline adjustment available from the closure system, so we'd advise double-checking the size chart before you buy. The pants are also available in a women-specific model.

For more, head over to our 100% Airmatic Pant review.

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The lowdown: 100% Airmatic Pants
AttributesNotesRating
ProtectionShower and wind resistant★★★★
BreathabilityHeavier cut with no vents★★
DurabilityTough and snag resistant★★★
ValueGood value for money★★★★

9. Best casual look

Fasthouse Shredder pants worn with hand in right pocket

With the stretchy material we didn't feel any restriction to movement even with knee pads underneath (Image credit: Matthew Hawkins)
Best riding pants with a casual look

Specifications

Pockets: 3
Waist: Button with zipped fly
Vents: No

Reasons to buy

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Casual fit
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Light and breathable
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DWR treated
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Adjustable elasticated waist
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Two hand and one zipped pocket

Reasons to avoid

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Not designed for thicker knee pads

The Shredder pants are aimed to be an ‘everyday riding pant’. That means lighter materials, a more casual cut, and a few other less riding-focused features.

They use a four-way stretch material which has a slim fit and articulated knee panels to give them a slightly better fit on the bike. The material is DWR-treated to help ward off splashes and drizzle too. Waist closure is handled by a single button and zipped fly and the waist has some Velcro adjusters for fine-tuning fit. The pants are available in men's (28-38in) and women's (W0, W2, W4, W6, W8, W10) versions. We found they fitted as expected, with our tester opting for his normal size of 32in waist and using the adjusters to bring them in a touch.

There are two standard pant hand pockets and a deep zippered side pocket on the hip to secure items when riding. Fasthouse has added a small loop above the left hand pocket should you want to secure keys or tools to your pants with a karabiner or lanyard. Tester, Graham Cottingham, described the pants. "Casual looks hide impressive and versatile riding performance and a comfortable fit."

For more details, see our full Fasthouse Shredder Pant review.

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The lowdown: Fasthouse Shredder Pant
AttributesNotesRating
ProtectionLighter cloth but DWR treated★★★
BreathabilityAll-condition comfort★★★★
DurabilityBrushes off snags★★★
ValueGreat price for what you get★★★★

10. Best eco-friendly

Man wearing Mons Royale Virage Pants with countryside backdrop

The Mons Royale Virage are also best for MC Hammer impressions (Image credit: Neal Hunt)
Best eco trail pants with a luxury feel

Specifications

Pockets: 3
Waist: Popper studs
Vents: No

Reasons to buy

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Made with recycled polyester and sustainably sourced Merino wool
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Good trail-friendly fit
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Subtle stylings looks good both on and off the bike
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Light-feeling fabric
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Hard wearing

Reasons to avoid

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No adjustability at the waist
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Premium price

Mons Royale specializes in high-end, sustainable outdoor sports clothing. The Virage Pant is a lightweight trail trouser made with Merino wool and recycled polyester that's created from PET plastic bottles, with added elastane for stretch. A Merino power knit back panel is also used to help with fit. 

They are a standard, tapered fit, so not DH racer tight or walking trouser baggy, and have articulated knees with enough room for knee pads. The waistband uses a double-press button fitting with a handy Velcro area around the poppers to ensure secure closure. There are two hand pockets and a zipped phone pocket.

We were impressed with the material – it felt tactile and thin, but had a good amount of stretch and a robust feeling. The fit was great but we would have liked some form of adjustment in the waist area to fine-tune mid-ride. Throughout testing, despite plenty of mud, grit and occasional crashes, we found them faultless with no signs of damage in high-wear areas like the crotch and knees.

Tester, Neal Hunt, summed up the Virages. "Great-fitting high-end trail pants with true eco credentials, although slightly let down by the lack of waist adjustment. Overall, a fantastically well-made product with a luxurious feel and a great cut for use in all but the most extreme hot or cold conditions."

Check out our Mons Royale Virage Pants review for more details. 

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The lowdown: Mons Royale Virage Pants
AttributesNotesRating
ProtectionWarm and weather resistant★★★
BreathabilityMerino climate control★★★★
DurabilityBrushes off snags★★★
ValueHigh price but a top pair of pants★★

11. Best for changeable weather

Dainese HGL pants being worn in the woods

The pants are tapered in the lower leg but are easy to pull on (Image credit: Paul Burwell)
Best trail trouser for changeable conditions

Specifications

Pockets: 2
Waist: Slide-Fit closure system
Vents: No

Reasons to buy

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Clean cut, plenty of slack for knee pads
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Lightweight, breathable and water resistant
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Simple three-position waist adjuster
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Twin zipped side pockets

Reasons to avoid

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Redundant rear glove storage
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Hefty price tag

Dainese’s HGL is lightweight, windproof and water resistant, making it a great riding pant for changing trail conditions.

The HGL pants are made from a DWR-treated nylon fabric, which has a bit of in-built stretch, using several interlocking panels, which create a contoured fit especially around the knee. The pants taper at the shin, with a bit of slack in the knee so you can get a set of knee pads underneath. 

The waist features a custom Slide-Fit closure system, which you can’t micro-tune in the same way as a Velcro tab, but does mean there’s no bulk at the waist.  The pants feature full-size zipped hip pockets, elasticated ankle cuffs, full-length zips on the calves, as well as a hook button on the back of the waist for gloves (which seems a bit pointless).

In our tests we found the cut and fit of the HGLs excellent and could fit a decent-sized knee pad underneath with no bunching or pulling. They have enough protection when the trails are still a bit fresh but are light enough so you’re not going to overheat as it warms up. They offer a good amount of splatter protection and are easy to clean.

For more info, read our full Dainese HGL pants review.

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The lowdown: Dainese HGL Pants
AttributesNotesRating
ProtectionWind and water resistant★★★★
BreathabilityYou won't overheat in the lighter weight cloth★★★
DurabilityWell constructed★★★
ValuePricier than most but still decent value★★★

How to choose the best MTB pants

Can you wear pants mountain biking?

It only takes one or two rides in cold temperatures trying to ride in MTB shorts with knee pads to realize they far from the best solution. Not only do they provide a bit of extra warmth, but MTB trousers also serve as the first line of defense from the muddy projectiles being flung off your mountain bike wheels and attacks from trailside vegetation. When you arrive at the trailhead after a mucky ride, you can just peel off the muddy clothes rather than trying to scrub the lower portion of your legs before you get into the car. 

Trousers also offer a first line of defense from gravel rash, fern burn and your pedals when you slip one over a techy feature or in a G-out.

Waterproof or non-waterproof MTB pants?

Just like jackets, there are distinct differences between waterproof and non-waterproof garments. While truly waterproof fabrics will keep the wet weather on the outside, the moisture-proof membranes are at a disadvantage in terms of breathability, feel 'crunchy' and usually don't have much in-built stretch. 

If you live in a place where winter riding also requires a snorkel, the best waterproof MTB trousers will be your best choice. Otherwise, we'd recommend their softshell cousins — they are considerably more comfortable and often have a DWR treatment to help light rain and splashes roll off the fabric. 

How to pick the right fabric?

Yes, we know we've just alluded to fabrics, but using the right textile in the right place can make or break a set of trousers. Look for lots of stretch fabric used throughout because if the materials aren't moving with you, they will bunch, bind, pinch and chafe. 

How to find the right fit?

While skinny jeans may not appeal to your fashion sense in the real world, you want riding trousers to be form-fitting as this will help keep your knee pads in place and prevent the trousers from flapping in the wind and catching on your saddle. We are not talking painted-on, but form-fitting. Also, look for articulated knees that will help the pants fit you better in the riding position. 

Everybody is built differently, so adjustability is key to a good fit. Look for hook and loop adjustment at the waist as well as Velcro, snaps or zips around the ankle to make sure the lower cuff is snug around your leg. 

What extras should you look for?

Some riding trousers feature extra padding or abrasion-resistant materials around the knees, hips and shins, while others have a mesh liner that runs part of the way down the leg to create a slip plane. We are big fans of additional features like these that create a point of difference, but make sure they don't come at the cost of fit or comfort. 

How we test MTB pants

Our expert testers have thrown all kinds of abuse at these MTB pants, putting them through extremes of temperatures and weathers, over several months of intense riding. They have been assessing a range of criteria, including their fit, comfort, ease of putting on and off, stretch, breathability, waist closure, storage, weight, durability, and looks.

Meet the testers

Bike Perfect's Richard Owen
Rich Owen

Rich has been riding mountain bikes for more than 30 years and testing bikes and kit for over a decade. A jack of many trades, he has competed in cross-country, enduro and long distance MTB races.

A man washing himself in a muddy puddle
Guy Kesteven

Guy's been testing and writing about mountain bikes since the 90s. He’s written several million words about several thousand test bikes and a ridiculous amount of riding gear.

Graham Cottingham
Graham Cottingham

Graham is all about riding bikes off-road with almost 20 years of riding experience covering downhill, enduro, and gravel. Based in Edinburgh, he has mountain biking and gravel riding right on his doorstep. 

Shim Slade
Shim Slade

Shim first discovered MTB in the mid-nineties. She started working as a bike journalist nearly 20 years ago and has written for many bike-related magazines and websites since then.

Side view of rider wearing Sweet Protection Bushwhacker 2Vi helmet
Neal Hunt

Neal has been riding bikes of all persuasions for over 20 years and has had a go at racing most of them to a pretty average level across the board. From town center criteriums, to the Megavalanche and pretty much everything in between.

Richard Owen
Editor, Bike Perfect

Rich is the editor of the Bikeperfect.com team. He worked as a print journalist and editor for over 20 years, before transitioning to purely digital media in 2021. Rich bought his first mountain bike (a rigid Scott Tampico) in 1995 and has been riding MTB for almost 30 years. He likes hitting flowy yet technical trails and is a jack of many MTB trades, competing in cross-country, enduro and long-distance races over the years. A resident of North Devon, he can mostly be found pedaling furiously around his local trails, or slightly further afield on Exmoor and elsewhere in Britain's southwest.

Current rides: Merida One-Forty 6000, Banshee Paradox

Height: 175cm

Weight: 69kg

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