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


Screen Shot 2016-02-17 at 5.00.41 PM

Mesh Runner’s CapRenew Racerback Tank, Trekkie Pant, Adidas Riot Boost Trail Runner.

What’s so special about the Trekkie pant?

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


Screen Shot 2016-02-17 at 5.06.59 PM

City View Leather Jacket, Daily Tank, Trekkie PantCatriona Sandal

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


Screen Shot 2016-02-17 at 5.10.18 PM

Lumberjill Shirt WindowpaneDaily TankTrekkie PantSaucony Bullet Shoes.

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.


February 18, 2016 at 10:09 am

Hi I’m considering the Trekkie pant or the metro slouch. What are the differences between the two? What has been more of a customer favorite? I don’t plan to work out in them…more for an around town/weekend pant that is comfortable…nicer than yoga or sweatpants that can be dressed up if needed.



February 23, 2016 at 7:46 am

Metro is a knit fabric and Trekkie is woven. Both have stretch and are comfortable, but metro slouch has a more casual feels. Definitely consider the aspire and la viva pants as well. They are very flattering, have a more polished looking fabric, but with the comfort of sweatpants.

Stephanie Trzaska

May 07, 2016 at 6:22 am

I love the Trekkie pant but why no size 0p? The 0 ref ukar was the perfect fit but too long (especially for hiking) so I opted for the 2p which were the right length but not nearly as cute of a fit. As a result, I’ll wear these only for hiking and not out and about casually (which I would love to have the option to do!) because stylistically, they’re not as flattering due to being a bit large around my hips. Why offer a 0 regular but not a 0 petite?


July 19, 2016 at 2:07 pm

I love my Trekkies, but I do agree with the other commenter about making size 0 petite, sometimes the 0’s in Athleta pants are a little too long for me too, and I’m 5’4″ and a half. And the Trekkies can’t be hemmed because of the ankle drawcord. I know there’s plenty of people shorter and smaller than me who would love to buy Athleta pants. Also, I think there should be a size 0 and 2 offered in tall sizes as well- I have a few tall slim friends who can’t really shop at Athleta because the 4T is too big.

Courtney @ Everyday Cuvée

July 19, 2016 at 3:04 pm

Just purchased a pair of Trekkie jogger pants for an upcoming around the world trip! I’m going to get the shorts as well. I love the design and fit of the pants!

Leave a Reply to Stephanie Trzaska Cancel reply