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Triolet or MH's Quasar Pants?

I'm trying...

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Triolet or MH's Quasar Pants?

I'm trying to decided between these Triolets or MH's Quasar Pants. I probably won't be using either for skiing. Instead, I need a good waterproof alpine pant for general mountaineering that can also do double duty for backpacking and other outdoor activities. The Quasars are lighter but I'm concerned about durability too. Does anyone have any experience comparing the two?

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I would go for neither, they will be very hot...go for an alpine guide pant or soomething similar

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Triolet's your pant for sure. Gore Tex will far outperform Dry Q over the long haul in both performance and durability.

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Hayden- Will an alpine guide pant keep me dry enough if it's snowing hard?

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I can't speak to using these for mountaineering, but I purchased a paid in January 2012. I used them roughly 20 days for skiing and sleding with my boys. I never felt warm - even whent the weather was 40+ degrees in the spring. these pants are definitely top of the line in terms of quality. they have a fairly thick fabric - much so then other patagonia pants but that is good for durability. the breathability is incredible but if you are very active then these may be too thick of a cut for activities other than skiing.

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For snow Alpine guides will do.. but if its wet, raining or warm then the water will get through. I say go for safety if you're out there for multiple days and go for the waterproof pants. They breathe fairly well and you should not over heat.

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For an every day pant, you want a lightweight softshell. On top of that you want the ability to throw on a full side zip hardshell if completely necessary. I rarely even take hardshells anymore unless the forecast is poor. A good midweight softshell pant like the patagonia alpine guide, the arcteryx gamma AR or the many mammut offerings will do you very well and be the workhorse pant in your gear closet. They fit great, breath well and last a long time.

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For what it's worth, I just got back from a 4 day trip in the mountains near Haines, AK. The snow was super wet. Our guides counseled against softshell pants and instead highly recommended hard shell pants. While hiking/climbing, I kept the side zips wide open. Zipped them up when we quit moving. Worked really well. I couldn't have done that with the MH Quasars.

For what it's worth, I just got back from a 4 day trip in the mountains near Haines, AK.  The snow was super wet.  Our guides counseled against softshell pants and instead highly recommended hard shell pants.  While hiking/climbing, I kept the side zips wide open.  Zipped them up when we quit moving.  Worked really well.  I couldn't have done that with the MH Quasars.