Customer Reviews Of:
Mountain Hardwear Chockstone Alpine Soft Shell Pants (For Men)
Closeouts. Mountain Hardwear's Chockstone Alpine soft shell pants supply light moisture protection and free-moving comfort for trail hikes, mountaineering excursions and outdoor exploring ventures.
Average Rating based on 3 reviews 5.000000 0 5
Verified Buyer Reviewed by Lane Ver Mulm from Iowa on Sunday, March 12, 2017Great pants with a perfect fit. Light, with fair water and wind resistances. Stretching capabilities are unmatched, full squat with no resistance. With long underwear underneath, it still slips and moves perfect and easy.
Verified Buyer Reviewed by BruceinAK from Aalaska on Saturday, March 4, 2017I purchased these for hiking in the winter, as well as fall and spring. Throw long underwear under them and winter use is quite reasonable. I wish that the material on the outside of the knees was more durable, but it's not like it's flimsy.
Verified Buyer Reviewed by frankie, retired adrenaline junkie from New England on Tuesday, February 28, 2017Softshell pants are the most practical I have found for the ever ranging temperatures and weather extremes we can find ourselves in these days. After just a few days of wearing the Mountain Hardware Chockstone’s they seem to be the toughest and most ergonomic of the four different brands I own. The built-in belt is a huge plus for me and while the pants do not have traditional belt loops unlike many other built-in belts the Chockstone’s is removable and allows you to attach cases or sheathes designed for carrying items on a belt.
The articulated fit & cut makes them incredibly comfortable and practical. They also have very tough nylon patches on the inner ankle to protect from rubbing alpine boots and gear cause and they have a zipper on the outside of the ankle to make it possible to get the cuff over and around the boot.
I have an athletic build and at 5’9” the 32-34/ Regular leg would be the perfect fit but I went with the Large waist so I could also use these as an outer shell for severe weather and cold and slip these on over another pair of thin pants. I have a Mountain Hardware softshell jacket made of the same materials and I use a wash-in softshell water-proofer that works quite well.
I wore these twice as the only layer and while they are a bit large but I can get away with it without looking too out of place.
I wore these in the northeast in mid-February in some strange weather going from 25°-75°f with wind gusts over 50mph. And here is where softshell shines! I wore these to run some errands, shopping, and an hour long meeting indoors at 75° and then for a six mile hike along shores of a large lake where the wind was relentless blowing at a solid 20-30mph with gusts. The Chockstone’s handled everything really well with my lower half never getting cold or warm enough to sweat, and while I had to wear 3 upper layers topped off with a down jacket to deal with the swinging temps and wind I never ended up sweating or getting cold.
I have not come across another material that is as comfortable and offers the wide-ranging properties as these softshells do. And if you treat them with a wash-in water-proofer it’s almost like wearing a pair of pajama bottoms that can withstand a blizzard like conditions. I like these so much I hope Sierra gets some more in with the smaller waist as I would love to have another pair of these in a smaller size.