3 Ways to Wear It: Meet Trekkie Pant Designer Erin Hartman
Athleta’s woven bottoms designer Erin Hartman shows us how to wear our new Trekkie hike pant from trail to town – and shares the inspiration behind the design.
Look 1: Hitting the Trails
We had a ton of fun wear testing these pants on some long hikes. Some features we added include a comfortable rib waistband and back yoke so that if you wear a pack, it won’t rub or get in the way. We also made sure there was a place to store your phone and cinch up the pants if you want to wear them above your hiking shoes. Plus the 2-way stretch ripstop fabric is ultra breathable and rated UPF 30+ for sun protection.
Favorite local hike?
Being from Sonoma County, I am a huge fan of the Armstrong Redwoods in the Russian River Valley. There are some amazing hikes to explore underneath the giant redwood trees.
Look 2: For the Office
How much did looks factor into the design vs performance as a hike pant?
I designed the Trekkie pant to be super flattering on the feminine form. You have the option to wear it around town or even to work, but you don’t necessarily look like you’re wearing a hike pant. The performance features and amazing fabric are definite highlights, but the bonus is how cute it is!
Look 3: Weekend Downtime
What’s the most important thing to consider when designing pants for women?
Comfort and versatility. We want her to always feel amazing in our products, but also be able to perform throughout her entire day. This is how we approach everything we design. We first consider the end-use activity and the specific performance features she’s looking for — whether that’s our fabric or sneaky hidden cell phone pockets. Then we aim to design the most flattering, fashionable pant that she can feel great about wearing on or off the trails.
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