The purpose of softshell hunting clothes is to provide a tough and durable garment that also allows a great deal of freedom of movement. Softshell pants will generally complement their jacket counterparts to give you a complete protective barrier from external contact.

When deciding on a suitable soft shell pant, you should be looking for fabric that is thick and abrasion resistant, but soft and flexible.

You would expect to be able to climb, scramble, crouch and walk all day while barely noticing that they’re there.

We have listed the pants in alphabetic order based on the manufacturer and provided size options and camo or color finishes they’re available in. We have also quoted the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price for each to give an indication of what you might expect to pay.

Comparison List of Softshell Hunting Pants

Make / Model


Colors / Patterns




First Lite Cipher, Fusion, Dry Earth







Inseam 31.5-34









Valo, Verde, Vias, Ash, Carbon, Gunmetal, Olive




Stale/Dark Shadow




Pewter, Saddle, Black




Dark Khaki, Cargo Green, Charcoal, Coffee Bean, Gravel Camo, Mud, Nomad


Waist 30-42

Inseam 31-34”

Optifade Subalpine, Optifade Open Country, Lead




Solace, Summit


Description of Softshell Hunting Pants

Featured below are more comprehensive reviews of the features of each of the listed hunting pants from above.

Each of these brief hunting pants reviews aims to provide you with extra information that is not otherwise immediately apparent in the summary list such as special unique features.

It should also help you in working out which would prove to offer you the greatest value in terms of effectiveness, comfort and performance.

First Lite Catalyst Soft Shell Pants

Features & Specifications

  • 37.5 Active Particle Technology
  • 2-layer softshell design
  • Ultra-Quiet Construction
  • Articulated fit and built-in stretch
  • DWR exterior
  • 3D double cargo pockets
  • Belt and suspender loops (suspenders included)
  • Sizes: S - XXL

The Catalyst has all of the attributes you would expect from a good softshell pair of pants. It’s silent, insulated, durable and comfortable.

The pants feature an internal fleece lining to provide warmth and comfort while you move. The brushed outer skin is tough enough to fend off sharp objects and has a DWR treatment to repel moisture.

You can expect these pants (plus Catalyst Jacket if you’re inclined to build the full outfit) to perform well in either the stand or moving through the backcountry.

According to the company, the Catalyst is suited to 20F – 45F temperatures if you’re active and 45F – 60F temperatures for static hunting.

Colors / Patterns Available

First Lite Cipher, Fusion, Dry Earth

Find out more about the company and the range of products available by visiting the First Lite website.

Fjallraven Keb Eco-Shell Pants

Features & Specifications

  • Three-layer shell trousers
  • Durable Eco-Shell (recycled polyester)
  • Two zippered hand pockets
  • Two-way full length Aquaguard side zippers
  • Velcro adjustments at the waist
  • Sizes: XS – 3XL, Inseam 29-32” (short), 31-34” (regular), 33-36” (long)
  • Weight: 660g

This is a trekking pant designed to provide active people protection from wind and water all year round. Remembering these are made in Sweden and will protect from the harsh Scandinavian winter

The fabric is a stretchy, hardwearing material that will move with the owner’s body, venting out moisture but blocking out wind and moisture.

All pockets are zippered to prevent moisture from penetrating. The Aquaguard side zippers provide the ventilation capability and also makes it easier to put the pants on and off.

A hidden drawstring at the bottom of the pants allows you to adjust the width of the legs. The inside lower legs are protected by Cordura reinforcement to protect them from wear from the boots.

There is a great deal to like about these pants and, even though hunting is not specified as one of the activities you might typically do while wearing them, they will definitely provide all-day comfort and support in adverse conditions.

Find out more about the company and the range of products available by visiting the Fjallraven website.

Huntworth Houlton Pants

Features & Specifications

  • 100% polyester
  • Stretch polyester bonded to a windproof breathable film
  • Thick Sherpa fleece interior
  • DWR finish
  • Microban antimicrobial scent control
  • Reinforce knee and seat patches
  • Five pockets plus knife pocket
  • Rubberized non-slip grip inner waistband
  • Side leg zippers with storm flap
  • Suggested temperature range: 10F - 40F
  • Sizing: M-4XL (32” – 52”) Inseam: 31.5” – 32” (Regular) 34” (Tall)
  • Weight: 1.9 lbs

The Houlton pants are the type of heavyweight windproof softshell pants that are perfect for extreme temperatures and the toughest hunting conditions.

The tough outer shell protects from rough contact with undergrowth as well as strong wind while the interior is Sherpa-fleece lined to keep you warm and comfortable.

The suggested temperature range is 10F – 40F with appropriate layering having been done.

It has a DWR finish applied to the outside to repel light moisture and the wind protection comes from a bonded film.

Scent control from a Microban antimicrobial product helps to capture odor.

The articulated knees and hidden crotch gusset means you can move comfortably and freely to allow an easy range of motion.

There are five pockets as well as a knife pocket slot. Side leg zippers provide help in getting your boots on and off.

In short, the Houlton pants are the type of mid- to late-season hunting pants that you will depend heavily on as you head out into adverse weather conditions.

Find out more about the company and the range of products available by visiting the Huntworth website.

Kryptek Dalibor Pants

Features & Specifications

  • Vented Thigh zipper
  • 87% Polyester, 13% Spandex
  • DWR water resistant
  • Stretch fabric
  • Suspender compatible
  • Bonded laminate reinforced knees
  • Knee pad pockets
  • Articulated (athletic) fit
  • Mechanical stretch woven
  • Sizes: Waist – 32-34, Inseam – 32-35”

The Dalibor pants are mild to cold temperature pants featuring a durable outer shell that provides protection against external conditions.

Made from an 87% polyester, 13% Spandex blend, the fabric stretches to offer easy movement as well as access to layering for use in really cold weather.

A couple of features have been added to add some potential versatility to the pants with sturdy suspender tabs and knee pockets that will accept knee pads.

To top it off the knee area is bonded laminate reinforced.

The fit is true to size and remains particularly comfortable for use in all types of regions, but is particularly suited to any type of cold climate.

Find out more about the company and the range of products available by visiting the Kryptek website.

Kuiu Guide Pants

Features & Specifications

  • 274 g/m2 Fabric
  • 2-layer Primeflex bonded to a Micro-Fleece backer
  • DWR treatment
  • Articulated knees for better range of motion
  • 2 Mesh Hip Vents
  • 2 Open Hand Pockets
  • 2 Zippered Cargo Pockets
  • 2 Zippered Seat Pockets
  • Weight: 19.5oz

The soft shell Guide pants are perfect for late-season hunting with a 4-way stretch Primeflex face fabric bonded to a fleece backer.

It provides great protection against wind, water and abrasion from rough and sharp objects.

The thick micro-fleece liner provide ample warmth when heading out in the coldest temperatures. When it starts to get too warm you can open the hip vents to allow the air to escape.

Note that the sizing runs a little larger than normal to accommodate the layering underneath. This larger size is expected for late-season outer clothing.

These pants are so effective at warming you up, should the temperature start to rise you may find yourself starting to become overheated.

Find out more about the company and the range of products available by visiting the Kuiu website.

Orvis Upland Hunting Softshell Pants

Features & Specifications

  • Breathable Base Fabric
  • DWR Finish
  • Technical stretch and articulation
  • Front panel for added briar resistance
  • Hidden gaiter cuffs
  • Leg zip vents
  • Zippered front and back pockets
  • Brushed tricot lining
  • Sizes: 32-46, Inseam: 30-34”

These pants are made specifically for use in harsh upland terrain. Made from a nylon, polyester, Spandex blend it is breathable but tough enough to withstand sharp and abrasive objects.

It has a ripstop front panel to make it briar resistant and has a DWR treatment for water resistance.

The articulated knees and technical stretch increases mobility and they move easily as you do making them extremely comfortable to wear.

To ensure you don’t overheat the pants feature mesh-lined zip vents on the legs. The pockets are zipped to keep everything secure and there is an internal adjustable cuff that acts as a built-in gaiter.

 Find out more about the company and the range of products available by visiting the Orvis website.

Outdoor Research Cirque II Pants

Features & Specifications

  • 50% nylon, 43% polyester, 7% spandex
  • 90D stretch double weave
  • ActiveTemp thermo-regulating smart fabric treatment
  • Avalanche Beacon Pocket with Clip
  • Zip Hand and Thigh Pockets
  • YKK® DWR-Treated Zippers
  • Grommets for Instep Lace
  • Boot Lace Hook
  • Drawcord Cuff Adjustments
  • Reinforced Scuff Guards
  • Brushed Tricot-lined Waistban
  • Articulated Knees
  • Gusseted Ankle Zippers
  • Gussted Crotch
  • Harness-Compatible Waist
  • Adjustable Tabs at Waist
  • Accepts Accessory Suspenders
  • Sizes: Waist S-XXL, Inseam 33”
    Weight: 21.8oz

The Cirque II pants from Outdoor Research are created to meet the demands of the active hiker who expects to be engaging in climbing and mountaineering type activities.

The hunter will also benefit from using them for exactly the same reasons as the hiker/climber.

The pants offer water and wind resistance while remaining breathable so you won’t cook due to excess sweating inside the pants.

This is a tough pair of pants with reinforced scuff guards to protect from abrasive undergrowth.

The brushed Tricot-lined waistband helps to regulate the body temperature while also keeping you dry.

Zip hand and thigh pockets protected by YKK DWR-treated zippers will keep everything secure and protected.

These pants boast numerous small features that adds up to a very versatile garment that will actively increase your chances of a successful hunt merely by providing you with all-day comfort.

Find out more about the company and the range of products available by visiting the Outdoor Research website.

prAna Zion Pants

Features & Specifications

  • 97% Nylon, 3% Elastane
  • Stretch 'Zion' performance woven with PFC-free DWR finish
  • Streamlined adjustable waistband
  • Ventilated inseam gusset
  • Double entry zipper pockets at thighs
  • Roll up snap bottom hem
  • Standard fit through the hip and thigh
  • Quick dry
  • Abrasion resistant
  • UPF 50
  • Sizing: 28-42, Inseam 30” (short), 32” (regular), 34” (long)

The prAna Zion pant is a lightweight hiking pant built to survive through difficult terrain while keeping you properly protected in comfort.

The fabric is a stretch that will move with the body as it tackles climbs and long treks. The fabric has a DWR treatment to withstand wet conditions, keeping you relatively dry for longer.

These pants work well for the hunter in mild to cool temperatures and the fit allows for base layers to be worn underneath should you wear them on colder days.

There is a ventilated inseam gusset to avoid overheating plus a roll-up snap bottom hem to deal with changing temperatures.

The sizing covers all standard men’s sizes with three length options, 30” (short), 32” (regular) and 24” (long).

Find out more about the company and the range of products available by visiting the prAna website.

Sitka Timberline Pants

Features & Specifications

  • Fabric: 4-Way Stretch Woven Polyester Shell, Nylon
  • Ripstop Seat & Knees
  • Durable Water Repellent (DWR)
  • Reinforced Seat and Knees
  • Removable Knee Pads
  • Articulated Patterning
  • Weight: 29.6oz
  • Sizes: Waist 30-42, Inseam 31” to 34”

The Timberline pants are the soft shell pants you should choose for mid and late-season hunting in rugged backcountry locations.

It is made using durable 4-way stretch polyester with added protection in the form of Ripstop nylon at the knees and seat and has been given a DWR treatment to protect from light rain.

In each area the fabric is both waterproof and durable and will keep you well protected from both bitter temperatures and the harsh terrain.

As well as the reinforcement in the knees, the pants come with removable knee pads for even greater protection when clambering over unwelcome terrain or past cactus.

The fit ensures there is no unwanted bunching that might cause chafing when carrying loads like backpacks or lugging stands into position.

Find out more about the company and the range of products available by visiting the Sitka Gear website.

SKRE Hardscrabble Pants

Features & Specifications

  • MTN-X2 Soft-Shell Face Fabric
  • 100% Polyester
  • Anatomical Fit
  • Interior Waist Grip Band
  • Gusseted Crotch
  • Dual Zippered Cargo Pockets
  • Dual Zippered rear pockets
  • Water Resistant
  • Mountain Durable
  • Ultra-Quiet
  • Durable Water-Resistant Teflon Shield+
  • YKK Zippers
  • Zippered Side Vents
  • Sizing: Waist 30-42, Inseam 34” (Reg), 36” (Tall)
  • Weight: 1lb 6oz

The Hardscrabble hunting pant is suited to a wide range of climactic and temperature conditions making it the pants you would wear for the majority of the hunting season.

They are 100% polyester and feature a gusseted crotch and an interior waist grip band to maximize comfort as you move.

They provide plenty of warmth and, when things get too hot in there, use the dual zippered vents to release some of the pressure. This leaves you cooler, drier and more comfortable for longer.

All pockets are zippered to keep them secure and they’re large enough to carry added accessories.

The pant sizing covers all standard waist sizes up to 42 and the length choices provide for an inseam of either 34” or 36” to cater for the taller hunter.

Find out more about the company and the range of products available by visiting the SKRE Gear website.

The Features of Softshell Hunting Pants

The purpose of the softshell hunting clothes is to provide a tough, durable exterior shell that allows great freedom of movement. It is designed for the active hunter who doesn’t want to be hampered by a hard outer layer.

The categorization of the name of this type of pant is actually an explanation of the two important roles it plays.

Starting with the shell part, hunters look for soft shell hunting pants for the tough, durable outer shell that not only provides protection from scrapes, pokes and other abrasions but for the protection against the wind.

The softness part of the equation comes from the brushed surface of the fabric to ensure silence when moving. The brushed nature means that when the fabric moves against itself it won’t make a tell-tale rustling sound.

You can pair your softshell pants with a softshell hunting jacket to create a formidable barrier against cold weather remaining in full stealth mode.

But the soft doesn’t end there. The internal layer of the garment is usually a fleece lining to provide warmth and protection in the coldest weather.

Together, the soft and the shell forms a formidable piece of equipment that greatly assists the hunter by keeping them comfortable and stealthy in some of the harshest and unwelcome conditions possible.

Further Cold Weather Pants to Consider

Winter Hunting Pants for Men

Winter Hunting Pants for Women

Down Insulated Hunting Pants

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