My Review of Regatta Geo softshell trousers for women

I am hoping that by writing my review of Regatta Geo softshell trousers for women I can help at least one person. Someone, who maybe like me, is active. That loves being outdoors, is a photographer or just wants to walk the dog and be protected from the great British weather! Oh and that someone would be a tad larger than your average model! Surely there are more like me?

I have hips, strong thighs and a big bum (I’m just getting that out there before someone else pipes up with it!). I am not exactly slight even for all my efforts in the gym and out on the hills. My exasperated searches for winter trousers is now over thanks to Regatta!

I am not going to lie to you this is my first item of Regatta clothing and many of my other well known mountain brands have let me down (nor seemingly been bothered about my feedback!).

My requirement for outdoor winter trousers

Trousers that keep me warm and dry. Trousers that are comfortable to wear all day and don’t need any other leg wear underneath. More importantly trousers that actually SIT ON MY WAIST. Not my hips! I want my outdoor trousers to be practical and not expose my lower back or worse whilst I am out and about.

On a cold winters day I love to layer up and my base layer normally gets tucked in to my trousers. What I don’t want to do is have to keep tucking myself back in every ten minutes. This is part of the reason I want trousers to be higher on my waist (I’m not talking Simon Cowell style).

I’d also quite like pockets with zips. Usually I will be carrying my phone, lip balm and maybe my hand lens and a hanky so I don’t want to drop or lose any of it.

Image of a woman stood on some wooden blocks in the woods

Testing out my new softshell trousers

I tried on two different sizes of the Geo softshell – my normal size and the one above. I know you ladies will understand this! I tried on the larger size and there was plenty of room around the waist, bum and thighs but not so much that they look silly. This is perfect for me because as a photographer I quite often find myself crouching over something or even lay on the floor trying to get the perfect photo. I forgot to mention that I only have little legs so the short style for me at 29 inches is about right with my walking boots on. Guess what else? They sit perfectly on my waist. No hesitation in purchasing these beauties (they were actually a birthday present).

Wasting no time at all in giving them a test run I decided to wear them the following day for my birthday day out at Anstruther on the Fife coast.

Photo of a woman standing on some rocks at the seaside. She is facing the photographer

We were out and about for five or so hours walking along the coast, harbour wall, beach and sat outside to drink our hot chocolate. I scrambled over rocks to reach rock pools and knelt down to see what was in them. I am pleased to report at this point that my layers of clothing did not become untucked nor did I unintentionally expose myself! The wind resistant membrane meant that the rather bracing Scottish wind coming in over the North sea did not cause me any bother at all. I was snug as a bug in a rug with these fleece lined beauties on.

I also discovered at the bottom of each trouser leg there is a zip and two press-studs to make it easy to pop over your boots etc. If I am honest, the lower part of the leg could be slightly more tapered here but maybe that’s just me? Part of the waistband is elasticated with a big chunky button above the zip. Oh and have I mentioned that they actually sit on my waist?

There are three pockets – one on each side and one on the back. All lined in the same manner and on occasion I used them to thaw my hands out.

Not just for big days out in the mountains

We don’t have a dog, so I’m unable to test them out for that sort of thing. I decided to hand wash the car (this is a regular occurrence for us) and I am pleased to tell you that with all the stretching, bending and kneeling down, again I remained comfortable, warm and dry. Bonus!!!

Photo of a woman cleaning a car.

Since buying the Regatta softshell trousers I have also taken up cold water swimming. They work a treat for cutting out the wind after getting out of the cold loch water. Whilst we stand around drinking hot drinks (Vimto is my go-to) and eating cake I know I can rely on these trousers.

Photo of a woman stood at the side of a loch. Wearing lots of layers after swimming in cold water

All in all my review of Regatta Geo softshell trousers for women has to be given a massive thumbs up. In fact I also bought myself a second pair from the Regatta website and my other half has purchased the mens version (and he is a real slave to the more expensive brands). Well done Regatta you have yourself two new disciples.


  1. Natalie Ray February 21, 2016 at 21:17

    Ooh, thanks for sharing, these sound brilliant! I have some amazing running trousers that keep me warm and dry but they got Bubbled (she pulled them off the washing line) so they really are confined to running now. If I gave two hoots about what I looked like I’d probably have to run faster when I went past people so they didn’t see the holes in them. So, I’m definitely in the market for some new ones. And I totally agree with you about wanting them to work without another pair of trousers underneath, why would anyone want the inconvenience of wearing two pairs of trousers?? Great review.x

  2. Joanna February 22, 2016 at 10:47

    These trousers sound great ideal for when going for long walks i may have to look into investong in some.

    1. Melanie February 22, 2016 at 11:05

      They are fabulous and like I said they fit perfectly. Absolute bargain

  3. Cathy ( MummyTravels ) February 22, 2016 at 17:56

    Oh this is good to know – my daughter always has lots of great outdoor wear so she’s snug and warm and dry whatever the weather while I seem to have heavy duty thermals or the option of being wet and cold! Good price too.

    1. Melanie February 23, 2016 at 11:45

      Really good price although we paid a tenner more but even at £30 I still think they are great value.

  4. Charlotte February 22, 2016 at 22:38

    These sound fantastic! I need a new pair of over trousers for when we have netball tournaments to keep warm and try in between matches and these definitely make the cut! love the sound of these!

    1. Melanie February 23, 2016 at 11:41

      These would work a treat – windproof and water resistant. Fleece lined too. What more could you want? haha

  5. You Baby Me Mummy February 23, 2016 at 08:45

    These look fab, I think being warm and dry is so important if you are outside a lot. When I had horses it was vital x

    1. Melanie February 23, 2016 at 11:40

      I have looked for so long for a pair of suitable trousers I had resigned myself to the fact I would have to freeze forever more. They really are great. Nothing worse than being wet and cold when you are outside for hours!

  6. Ana De- Jesus February 23, 2016 at 11:56

    They look very comfortable and you model them so well love the car wash photo!

  7. Jenni February 24, 2016 at 16:22

    These sound great, I do a lot of walking with work through the tear so it’s essential to have decent waterproofs x

  8. Ickle Pickle February 24, 2016 at 19:38

    Oh these do look and sound good. I haven’t anything like them so will take a closer look. Kaz x

    1. Melanie February 26, 2016 at 09:35

      They really are great Kaz, well worth a look

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