Review: Adidas Multi Pant

The Adidas Terrex Multi Pant is a comfortable, versatile, and highly functional softshell pant suitable for cool weather hiking and climbing as well as more challenging winter mountaineering trips.


The Adidas Terrex Multi Pant is a lightweight softshell pant weighing in at 11.7 oz. They have a slim fit, but come in a long and short version of each size, which makes finding a good fit easier. The elastic waistband (with a drawstring) is very comfortable and stretchy, and also has belt loops for extra adjustability in size.

The nylon/elastic fabric of the Multi Pant features a 4-way stretch that makes it incredibly comfortable. The stretch makes these pants great not only for hiking and mountaineering but also for climbing and other sports requiring mobility. The inside of the pant is quite soft and comfortable. This fabric is also very windproof - not so much as a heavier pant, but very good for a pant weighing less than 12 oz. The outside features a DWR treatment that works very well and is invaluable for wet hikes and winter hikes.

The zippered hand pockets on the Multi Pants are a great feature, and as a bonus, the zipper pulls are extra large and easy to use even with gloves. The hem on each pant leg has a small elastic cord for cinching down the cuff, which is a nice touch, especially if you don't have gaiters. Since these pants are aimed more at hiking and scrambling than winter use, they lack some features like reinforced ankle cuffs and knees, but this allows the pants to be several ounces lighter.

At just 11.7 oz, these pants are heavy enough to use for basic winter hiking and mountaineering, or even for short ice climbs in a pinch, while remaining light enough to wear in slightly warmer temperatures. Personally, for hiking, I only switch from shorts to pants when the temps drop below around 45F. Like any softshell, the Multi Pants are pretty breathable, but I still only use them for cooler weather trips. They are not as durable, warm, or protective as a hardshell pant or even a mid- to heavyweight softshell like the Rab Spire pant, but they offer good protection from wind and wet, at a much lower price than heavier softshell pants.


$100 for a pair of softshell pants is a good deal, especially considering the versatility of these pants. From a garment literally called the "Multi Pant" one should expect that these pants will perform well in a variety of different sports, weather conditions, and skill levels, and these pants live up to their name.

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