How can pants be so awesome?
I have a couple pairs of the previous generation of these pants, and I'm sure that they are the best pants I've ever owned. I'd bought the first pair for climbing because of the gusseted crotch and stretch. That was before I realized that I wanted to wear them for everything. I did the JMT last summer and this was the only pair of pants I brought. They are super comfortable, very durable, and breath well. When its really hot, you can just roll them up. I usually roll them up to the knee (past the snaps) and they stay pretty up on their own. After countless days of climbing and maybe 400 miles of backpacking they still are in excellent condition and look like I could have bought them last week. On a side-note, I usually wear the khaki color over the black ones I have because they stay cooler in the sun.