Gear Review

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Backpacking MVP

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

First, I am, admittedly, a Mountain Hardwear stan,owning 9+ articles from them. I'm 6'2", 190lbs with longer limbs and broad shoulders. I find their cut to be perfect. I ordered the Large knowing that it would be slightly loose in the waist but the perfect length (I'm about a 34x34).

I ordered the Matterhorn as a more all-purpose pant- climbing, camping, hiking.My first test was about 30 miles over three days, mid-October Pennsylvania trails. For the range of conditions we faced- cold, hot, rain, boulders, brush... nothing slowed it down. I thought it was a tag pricey until I used it, and I couldn't be more pleased.

I particularly like the waist/hip lining which was comfy all weekend without the slightest irritation (as I watched a friend get blisters from his), the waterproofing exceeding expectations, and even with the waist being slightly large, I did not have complaints about the included belt.

Although I have little in the way of comparison, my intuition is that it is a great all-purpose pant with top-shelf fit and finish.