Robust, weather resistant outdoor leggings that feel wonderful, look great and perform even better
Hiking leggings that don’t look like you’re about to take on Everest? What?! Yes ladies, they DO exist, and they totally rock! The Montane Women’s Ineo Pro Pants are robust, water and wind resistant leggings that are as well suited to the crag or trail as they are to everyday life. They feel wonderful on, with a cosy interior feel that will make you want to wear them all the time, regardless of the type of activity you’ve got planned. And they look great, too. Might these high quality leggings be the only pants you need in your life?
Montane Women’s Ineo Pro Pants: The stats
|Best for:||Hiking and rock climbing (and everyday wear)|
|Waterproof:||No, but water resistant with a DWR coating|
|Fabric||Mala Stretch fabric (polyester and spandex)|
|Fit:||Slim and fitted|
Features of the Montane Women’s Ineo Pro Pants
FabricThe combo of polyester and Spandex creates a stretchy fabric that is fitted but not clingy or tight. The four-way stretch of the fabric provides a ton of movement as well as water, wind and abrasion resistance.
There are two hand pockets that have low profile zippers. Leggings with pockets are new to me, so I’ve yet to find them very useful. The fitted nature of the leggings means that the pockets are great for small objects, but a little uncomfortable for anything more bulky.
The main part of the waistband is lightly elasticated with a soft wicking elastic section at the back. There is also an elasticated drawcord that can be tied at the front of the leggings inside the waistband.
To further add to the range of movement and stretch, the Ineo Pants feature an extra panel of fabric at the crotch. The lack of seams in this area make for wedgie-free hiking! Plus, there is much less tension placed on the seams to minimise the chances of splitting a hole in the crotch.
There are two darts sewn into the knee area of the pants. This adds to the form-fitting cut of the pants and minimises bagging at the knees.
Montane Women’s Ineo Pro Pants review
Before I even put on the Ineo Pants I knew we were going to be best friends. They oozed quality and their matt finish and lack of shimmer immediately set them miles apart from their fitness focused counterparts. I envisioned myself living in these leggings for my indoor life, as well as my outdoor life. And when I put them on, I wasn’t disappointed. They feel as fabulous on my legs as they initially felt in my hands.
They didn’t see much outdoor action for their first few days of wear. I wore them as fashion leggings with a cosy jumper and everyday shoes. And they worked! They feel more like pants than leggings, which is a huge plus for me as some leggings just make me feel a little exposed when I wear them in any scenario outside of sport or fitness. The thickness of the Ineo Pants, however, means that there is not even an inkling of them being seen through when you bend over. Major plus!
Comfort and fit
If you’re expecting fitness-style leggings that are mega tight and have no bagginess in them whatsoever, then you’ll be slightly disappointed with the Ineo Pants. Though they are super stretchy and fitted, they are not tight. For me this is a good thing as very tight leggings that are also thick can feel restrictive and uncomfortable. But as you can see from the images, they are also not baggy.
The waist sits just below my belly button, which is where I prefer my pants to sit from a style and comfort point of view. For everyday wear this position is dead comfy and there is no need to tie up the elasticated drawcord. However, when hiking with a pack I find that they slip down slightly at the waist, making the drawcord an essential feature. Speaking of the drawcord, it is thick and it sits on the inside of the pants whether it is tied or not. I’ve found this to be slightly uncomfortable on my belly, especially when sitting down.
The general fit is true to size. I have a UK size 10 regular and they’re a perfect fit and not too long in the leg for a change. This may be an issue for tall people. But equally, if you are wearing high ankle boots you may not want them to be so long that have to tuck them inside your boots.
The Ineo Pants are too warm to comfortably wear in hot summer conditions, but for the rest of the year they totally rock. This is especially true if you find yourself predominantly hiking in changeable conditions. So that includes English summers! The DWR coating deals with showers very well, and the windproofness makes them ideal for spring and autumn hiking. During winter they are ideal for wearing as a cosy under layer to waterproof pants or soft shell hiking pants. Plus, their abrasion resistance makes them excellent for outdoor rock climbing, scrambling and camping. I will also be using them for trail running during the winter months.
The versatility of these pants is probably their greatest asset. This is down to two things: their robustness against the elements and terrain, and their style. As mentioned above, these beauties are ideal for a whole range of outdoor activities. I also recently wore them canoeing on a chilly day with waterproof pants over the top. The ankles got a little wet but shrugged off the splashes like it was nothing. And the more saturated parts dried very quickly. They’re cosy enough to snuggle into after a chilly surf with a wooly jumper and cosy boots. Yet they’ll happily take a windy trip to the beach with a summer vest, flip-flops and a cardigan. Sure, these are things that I’m guessing weren’t in the brief when they designed these pants. But if you want to minimise the volume of clothing in your life, then these things are important to a gal!
What I love the most about the Montane Women’s Ineo Pro Pants
These leggings feel so comfortable to wear and they really are exceptionally well suited to the rough and tumble of the trail or crag. But my favourite thing about them is that they are ideal as everyday leggings too. Any clothing that can be worn in a variety of scenarios is hugely appealing for me and these tick that box with a very bold marker pen.
What I don’t love so much about the Montane Women’s Ineo Pro Pants
My main gripe is that the thick waistband drawcord can be a little uncomfortable on my tummy. Additionally, you can see a creased outline of the pockets on the front of the pants. From a style point of view, I’d rather these were less visible.
If you’re looking for outdoor pants or leggings that will last you a lifetime, never go out of fashion and that are also suitable for everyday wear, then you may just have found them. The Montane Women’s Ineo Pro Pants do the job of several different types of pants with the added bonus of looking great. With superb resistance to wind, rain and abrasion, and with a comfy and cosy yet form-fitting design, I think these are the only pants every outdoor gal really needs!
Disclaimer: Cool of the Wild received this product free in return for an honest review. We only recommend gear that we love from companies we trust and we are under no obligation to give a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are that of the reviewer and we are in no way influenced by the brand or company.