User Review: Mountain Hardwear Women's Mesa Pant
These are the best fitting hiking pants I have found that are truly functional for serious hiking (some women's "hiking pants" seem more suitable for walking around the mall looking cool).
I am 5' 2" with about a 31-inch inseam and am on the thinner side and the pants have a roomy enough fit for freedom of movement without being baggy like a lot of others I have tried on; the regular length is just right. The cargo pockets provide extra space to store items one wants easily accessible, and the front pockets are deep enough to not have to worry about things falling out of them.
The waistband is non-bulky so it is comfortable under a pack hipbelt, the rise is just right (a little less than an inch below belly button level), and the pant legs can be cinched at the bottom to keep bugs out or to keep them rolled up for stream crossings.
I haven't had the pants long enough to confidently comment on durability but the quality seems very good and the fabric appears to be tough despite being fairly lightweight. No signs of wear so far from my hiking and trail running.