My favorite soft shell pants to date

Reviewed by M from Midwest on Wednesday, June 29, 2016
I haven't used too many different brands or styles of softshell pants, but these feel like a winner for sure. This was my first experience with the Marmot M3 fabric and I really like it. It's got a great mix of stretch and weather resistance while being extremely comfortable. The pants are very wind resistant. While I've only had them out in a few very light rain showers, I expect the DWR coating to help if I'm caught in some serious rain. I plan on trying them out skiing if there isn't a lot of precip as well. They are light weight and feel closer to sweatpants than hiking pants in regards to comfort. The fit is slim and semi-tapered which makes for a great profile and pants that don't look super baggy like a lot of hiking pants and snow pants do. The pockets are on the smaller size but they each have a zipper so you don't have to worry about valuables falling out. There are multiple adjustments on the bottom of the legs. This helps a lot when I wear the pants biking. I'm able to cinch the leg tight at the ankle on the right leg to prevent the fabric from catching my bike chain. It also helps if you want to bunch the pants up towards your knees for ventilation. The waist is comfortable and stretchy, and fits true to the size listed on the chart. These pants are my go-to pants for fall/winter/spring hiking when the weather is cool and breezy. They proved a little too hot for warmer temps (50s and 60s F) but I do usually run hot so YMMV.
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