Review: Trinity Maternity Hiking Pant by Mountain Mama

Trinity Maternity Hiking Pant from Mountain Mama. Photo by Susanica Tam.
Trinity Maternity Hiking Pant from Mountain Mama. Photo by Susanica Tam.

I have had the Trinity Maternity Hiking Pant in my possession since the beginning of my pregnancy. And while I’m almost eight weeks postpartum, I have waited until now to post a review because these pants, like many products from Mountain Mama, are made to be worn before, during and after pregnancy. I thought I’d put that claim to the test.

Hiking is pretty much my favourite thing to do on this planet, so I was excited to have a hiking pant. As it turned out though, my body was just not a great match for these pants in particular. The Trinity Maternity Hiking Pants have many great qualities which I’ll outline below. But, for 5’6″ I have a short torso and long legs and the fit of these pants made them ride up quite uncomfortably both during and after my pregnancy. No doubt, they would be a great fit on some body types!

So, “fit” aside, here’s a bit more about the features:

Pros:

  • The optional lengths (capri and shorts) hit the leg at just the right place for me (shorts aren’t too short like many convertible hiking pants), and the zip-off and button-up features are easy to use.
  • The Durable Water Repellent (DWR) coating kept the pants from absorbing water in a light rain, and the durability of the pants helped them stand up to some harsher conditions one sees on a hike. We generally see cooler temperatures here in the Rockies, so the weight of the pants was just right.
  • The cargo pocket is at the perfect height for reaching in.
Photo from mountain-mama.com.
Photo from mountain-mama.com.

Cons:

  • The material is obviously very durable but comes off as quite stiff (this may also be due to the DWR coating). I am a big fan of Prana’s Monarch Convertible pants, which are quite tough yet flexible, so this was my basis of comparison.
  • This may be a fit issue, but the narrow waistband wasn’t very comfortable both during and after pregnancy. The pants stayed up well, even with the belly (you can use optional suspenders), however I think a thicker waistband (even a panel like other maternity pants) would be more comfortable on the waistline. Until I loose my extra post-pregnancy ‘juiciness’ they are cutting in a bit.
  • There are no hip pockets. This is a personal preference but I often hold my hands in my pockets while I’m hiking (perhaps not the greatest habit!).

To conclude, I think it’s so great that someone out there is making a maternity hiking pant (go Mountain Mama!), even though it may take a bit of tweaking to make it fit more body types. Let’s help women stay active through pregnancy!

Overall I’d give it 3.5/5 (due to the fit).

Thanks, Mountain Mama, for sending along this product to me for review.

Author: Meghan J. Ward

Meghan J. Ward is an outdoor, travel and adventure writer based in Banff, Canada, and a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Meghan has written several books, as well as produced content for films, anthologies, blogs and some of North America’s top outdoor, fitness and adventure publications. She has a forthcoming travel memoir (Fall 2022), to published by Rocky Mountain Books.

4 thoughts

  1. I have these trousers too and agree that they’re a bit stiff/rough for a whole day’s hiking but I find them perfect for general camping trousers. They fit me well, at 5’2″ that was a real surprise and I guess means the taller people lose out but I’m happy 🙂 And so far, at 24weeks pregnant the waistband has been comfy for me. But we’re all different shapes/sizes.

    1. I’m glad they are a good fit for you. Your height probably helps. 🙂 You’re right – we’re all different shapes/sizes. These pants are ideal for some people out there.

  2. Thanks so much for your feedback! The early version of the Trinity had a 2″ waistband, but after discovering that wide waistbands roll, fold, and pinch, we switched to the narrow one. We love your detailed feedback and will definitely continue fine tuning!

    1. Hi Teresa! I thought that the previous version had a thicker waistband…it’s tricky to find something that you can move rigorously in (like when you’re hiking) that is also compatible with a growing belly! Perhaps for me it was just uncomfortable because of where the waistband landed on me (again, I have a very short torso). Perhaps a wider and stronger (though stretchy) band combined with a draw cord would work…

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