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So many pant choices

These pants are almost exactly the same as the Talus pants. They are quite comfortable. A little bit baggier fit than the talus pant but not much. Built in belt, no belt loops, the build in belt actually only tightens down 1 side, so you end up with a bit of an uneven tightness at first, but you can even that out. I still prefer it to carrying an extra belt as you would for the talus. There is also no velcro on this pant, which I personally prefer, nothing getting snagged in the wash. The material is nicely stretchy and thicker than a plain nylon pant, definitely a light softshell feel. The inner pull tabs dont make a lot of sense to me honestly, but I could me missing something there. Overall Id say if you like the talus, but want an integrated belt go for these. On the other hand if you like both of those pants but feel they are too baggy, the patagonia simple guide is a very similar material but a closer cut, and ever so slightly thicker. Patagonia simple guide has elasticized waist and belt loops. The Arcteryx Gamma LT is also similar, has the least stretch of the 4 pants, but the feel is more slick/smooth which is actually really nice IMHO and they are oh so light feeling! The articulated kneed on the arcteryx feels the best out of the three, it is a more loose fit than the patagonia simple guides, but about the same as the chockstone and talus pant. Hope that helps!

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Excellent and very helpful review!