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Not worth MSRP
I saw these pants at a good discount so I decided to give them a shot. They are lightweight as the other reviewers stated. I bought my size and inseam and they fit as they should; however, as someone else pointed out, these pants are baggy fitting. The gusseted crotch and knees feel good when you're contorting and the fit is not constricting (again, they are baggy). The main front pockets are adequately deep with the cargo and rear pockets having just a flap as a cover; however, these flaps are sewn on the sides so they can secure objects you place in those pockets. There are no other extraneous features which I like. Due to the discount I purchase them at, I will keep them as general backpacking pants. If I had to buy them at retail price, these would certainly be returned for a refund.
Overall, these are decent pants that are not worth full price. There are pants out there that are just as nice in fabric and features but would cost less...this is coming from an Arcteryx fanatic with multiple articles of clothing of this brand.
The perfect do anything pant
I drooled over these for a while before finally grabbing them on sale. The price point is not appealing ($100 for a pair of pants?!). But these are Arc'teryx and I guess that's like owning a Coach purse for urban ladies?
Once you get over the sticker shock, the pants turn out to be pretty remarkable.
They're super light, and stretchy giving you plenty of freedom of movement. This despite a few remarkable features that I can't find in hardly any other pants. Specifically, they're long enough. The 35" inseam sounds like it'd pile up on the floor. I normally wear a 34" inseam and complain that the length is a hair too long (whereas 32" makes me look like I'm ready to dig for clams). Also, the seat is not cut so long that it looks like I soiled myself. They're cut like a stylish pair of bootcut jeans, yet they move and flex well enough for hiking, climbing and even bouldering. I normally will prepare for a bouldering problem by hiking up my pant legs to around my knees and hips. With these, there is no need. They slide and flex with you as you move and contort all day.
I haven't tested the fabric's abrasion resistance yet. Time will tell if they'll sustain a few falls or many and what a backpack will do to them over many miles. But for now, they're pretty impressive.
Only complaint comes from my wife who noted the "swish, swish" of the fabric as I walked. But a few less doughnuts ought to resolve that.
Very good pants
These pants are very light and confortable, also repels water and wind, my only complaint is the fit of the pants, they are too bag for my taste.
Just wear them
Great pair of pants, they will take a beating brush whacking through the worst terrain. Strong yet have plenty of stretch built into them. I really like the simple pocket flaps, very secure and yet easy to get into and take stuff out. If you buy a pair you will want more.
Where are the zippers?
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Where are the zippers on the cargo pockets? Arc'teryx and others need to stop changing one feature of a garment (say take out or add a zipper) and calling a it a new model. Still like them a lot, but don't like the nickel and dime approach the companies take instead of making the "holy-you-know-what-these-are-awesome" pants - i.e. put zippers on the pockets, add a stretch panel or two where they should be and just sell that model like hot cakes. Still one of the two pants models worth getting from the Bird. Minus one star for the zippers and minus one star for the price/performance.
Best pants ever.
These are my favorite pants ever and I have five pairs plus some shorts. They fit true to size, the material is miraculously light and tough; even after knee jamming on j-tree quartz monzonite and dragging myself up the elephants perch I have yet to wear a hole in these pants.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Hands down, one of the best pants I ever owned. Its windproof and waterproof to some extent, looks great, feels cozy, wear it every day... Yehaa
BEWARE BUYER These pants are junk
I bought 3 pairs of these pants in July of 2012. After only wearing the one pair half a dozen times it is starting to develop holes in the outside of the pockets, the material in these pants are so thin. I called Arcteryx their reply you can send them in for valuation and it will be 8 weeks. 8 weeks to look at a defective pair of pants is past a joke. And then he states that he really doesn't think that it would be a warranty issue and would have to let me know what the charges would be to fix them. The pants are a rip off at any price but when you are paying a 100 dollars a pair you expect some decent quality. I read a complaint on how noisy they are and that statement is very true, that part does not really bother as much as the quality of their product. When buying these I thought they would of been made in the US but no they are just made in China like most inexpensive clothing. The only thing with these pants are they cheap in quality and you pay a premium for this junk. And their customer service has even less quality than the pants. BUYER BEWARE
Great Hiking Pants
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
It was hard for me to find a good fittign and short hiking pant. I got these online and they fit great, look good and are a superb hiking pant. Good design with fucntional pockets, and belt loops. They are light, so in cool weather need light long underwhere, but they were fine in warmer weather. Very happy with this choice. I may get a very light long underwear to use with them, since with reg. they are a bit warm.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fantastic! A little heavier and not quite as stretchy as the Perimiter model, but still very comfortable, very lightweight, exceptionally durable. 30/30 - fit is almost perfect. I have a pair of 30 inseam and 32 inseam - seems like i am in the middle at a 31. fortunately, plenty of hem to work with. beat them up for a few weeks from working to tactical training to camping/hiking, mountain biking, even a little spontaneous boulder climbing. your skin will tear before these do. believe me, i know. Highest recommendation!
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Material: super lightweight yet durable, dry amazingly fast, comfortable as can be.
Fit: true to size - I'm 5'11", 180lbs, 32-34" waist and the 34 fits me perfectly....perfect length too, which typically screws me up with other pants.
Overall: ya get what ya pay for....if these were less expensive, I'd own 5 pairs of 'em....for now, will wait out until they go on sale.
NOTE: also own the Rampart Long Short, and they're exactly the same on all counts - perfect length for a hiking short.
- Gender: Male
It's good and it's my first Arcteryx pants, it's much better size fitting compare with my Columbia pants.
It's so good, even my wife loves it and get it from me as the inseam a little bit short for me.
Best climbing pants on the market?
This is my first pair of pants I've given a true five star rating. The Rampart pants are absolutely incredible, with their only down side being their price tag. They met or exceeded my expectations in every way, and because climbing is such a demanding sport, thats no easy task. I climb at least 4 days a week at my local gym, mostly bouldering and overhanging sport climbing. These pants have seen many hiking trips and outdoor excurions, with the biggest being a two week climbing trip to Squamish B.C. These pants are my favorite choice simply because they meet a climbers needs immaculately. They pack down into a smaller package than most shorts, and weigh the weight of most shorts too. Being full length pants, they offer excellent protection and abrasion resistance against unforgiving rock. They are almost completely nylon, and ultra thin and flexible. Permitting complete freedom of movement and breathability. They have a diamond gussetted croch, and are fully articulated in design. The Rampart also features six high volume pockets, with top flaps to prevent items and valubles from falling out during what ever activity who are doing. Like most Arcteryx products, they are pricey but also very high quality. I was lucky enough to find these pants half off, but I would have been more than willing to have paid the full price, these babies are well worth it. I dont know what to say other than: this is a must have pant for any serious climber. I love my Rampart Pants and I KNOW you will too.
Not long enough
I am 6'4" and have been suckered into buying 34 inch length pants too many times just to find out after one washing they aren't long enough. That's why I was excited to find these came in a 35 inch inseam. Unfortunately, the tape measure they are using is shorter than everyone elses because they were shorter that some of the 34's I've ordered. I liked everything else about them..... the fabric, the cut, the style... they just weren't long enough.
Great Pants, one of my favourite pairs. What I really like is how fast they dry after being completely soaked in a rain storm. Within minutes you forget they were ever wet. Everything else mentioned from other reviewers is spot on. Durable, light, cool, with unrestricted moveability. I use them for basically everything I do outdoors.
Pants were great and performed well. Used them once ona 5 day trip up in Sequoia. Stiching is coming apart on one pocket so they are being returned.
Went on an 8 mile hike in Hawaii across cooled lava to get to the molten stuff. The lava was full of hidden crevices and lava which looks like you can step on it and it cracks like glass. I got cut up pretty bad on both legs (and arms) especially on the return in the dark. Blood soaked both of my shins on the pants. Not one tear on the pants! Washed them and they're like new. Love the fit and the lower pockets but wish the uppers were deeper. Wear them almost everyday. Climbed San G in them a month ago---perfect weight. And by the way, the lava walk was worth every cut!!!
Just got these
Have been a fan of the older palisades for years and did not like the look of the new ones. Got these and so far very happy I did. Similar, nice light fabric. A less tech look, but would use them in similar situations..hiking/climbing. Very light fabric, perfect for hot weather hikes. My waist is btw 32 and 33 and I went with the 32's. The rise is just a bit short, but not uncomfortable. Trim fitting. The double snap closure is a nice, reassuring touch since I don't think I'll be needing a belt with these.
Perfection in a lightweight pant
These could not be any better for their intended purpose - hiking/walking anywhere a lightweight breathable pant is desired.
In all honesty, these are pretty much flawless in design and execution and leave me with nothing to be desired. They are remarkably durable for the weight (which is minimal - my 30x32's weigh 9.2oz), and the material is thin enough to roll up into shorts without looking goofy (not that I care about what I look like in the backcountry) or compromising breathability (ie, they still vent well at the leg openings). The thinner fabric means they retain very little moisture and dry quickly when they do get wet, and being tight-woven nylon, they are rather water resistant to begin with. The pockets are numerous, well-placed and functional. They look great, fit great, move well.
I'd buy these again in a heartbeat.