Niche pant that I like. Not for everyone

Verified Buyer Reviewed by Alpine lover from Salmon Id on Saturday, June 9, 2012
Know what you are getting...These are not traditional hiking pants. The reinforcements in the seat, knees, ankle area is a tightly woven typical synthetic outdoor pant. The stretch panel area is more like a very light weight and stretchy ladies yoga t-shirt for lack of a better comparison. Very soft, comfy and breathable. This thinner material is covered in higher wear areas by the abrasion resistant material in the seat, knees and inner ankles. Even this fabric has some stretch. On the bottom of the knee reinforcement the seam is not stitched down across the upper shin. You can put your hand up to the top seem under the heavier material between the two. At first I thought this was annoying and silly but the added stretch for high flex climbing is actually functionally beneficial. These are not wear around after activity pants for town. The up to open zipper is great under a harness but means when zipped (down) the metal zipper pull looks like a little dangling thing a ma jig. No sleeve, flap, or nook to hide it. If you buy this stuff for its correct use you'll like these pants. If you buy it to look the part around town try something else. There is not a lot of warmth provided by the light stretch panel areas and wind goes right through it. If you want specific functionality you'll like them as much as I do. Great for active climbs or scrambles in warmer environs. The soft stretchy material makes them comfy to climb in you bag at the end of a day. I am a little leery about the durability of the thin stretch material but after 2 outings the strategic placement of the reinforcing fabric is working.
  • Cons: Pucker stitched waist, Shoelace draw string wais
  • Describe Yourself: Casual Dresser
  • Length: Feels true to length
  • Pros: 4 way stretch everywhere, Ankle zips, Breathable, Comfortable, High Quality, Zip up to open fly
  • Waist: Feels true to size
  • Was this a gift?: No
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