zero breathability

Reviewed by Moose from California on Sunday, March 6, 2011
I got these pants for a trip to Kilimanjaro. It was a 7-day climb during the dry season so I figured I'd shave some weight off by taking these extra-light pants instead of GoreTex. I wore them on the summit climb since it was windy and pretty cold (about 10F on the summit). I was wearing thermal underwear, light hiking pants, and these on top. The pace was very slow due to elevation so I was not sweating. Still, on the summit I discovered that there was a crust of ice on my hiking pants under these shell pants. I kid you not. I wore them one more time in the Sierras on a cold rainy hike just to be sure, and yes: as far as I can tell, their breathability is exactly zero. You might as well be wearing plastic. They may be a OK for a quick walk or bike ride to work, but I would avoid them for any serious outdoor trips.
  • Describe Yourself: Advanced
  • Gear Usage: Winter Sports
  • Inseam: Feels true to length
  • Pros: Lightweight, Waterproof
  • Waist: Feels true to size
  • Was this a gift?: No
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