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Don't leave your legs out in the cold.

The Mountain Hardwear Men’s Compressor Pants are ideal for cold tent-bound spells and acclimatization days in base camp, and can be worn when you're on the move or while belaying as well. These Thermal.Q-insulated pants protect your legs from the harsh cold of high-altitude peaks, and they pack down easily. Full side zippers make it easy to get in and out of them with boots on, and the reinforced seat and knees boost durability. 

  • 20D nylon ripstop
  • 80g Thermal.q elite insulation
  • Active fit
  • Adjustable elastic waist
  • Full side-zippered legs
  • Reinforced seat and knees

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I love these pants. Can anyone recommend an equivalent product that comes in women's sizes? My GF needs something of this sort, but she's petite - I doubt a men's XS would cut it for her.

4 5

Most popular insulated climbing pants

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

MH lead the way in synthetic climbing pants and these suckers are hard to get hold off and sell out in med and large as soon as they hit the shelves and now i know why. They are awesome, they fit well ( i am 34 inch and wear med), keep you toasty warm, are good to climb in and best of all have reinforced backside and knees. These have become the standard now on Denali.

Full side zip

Full side zip

The zip starts at the top and works its way down.. So no bending over and struggling to get the zip started at your ankles. A velcro tab at the waist (inside and out), and one on the outside at the cuff keeps the zip where it needs to be.
Kind of a poor pic for it, but you can see the different materials on the knee and seat.

Plenty Long

Plenty Long

Mountain Hardwear lists these as having a 32" inseam- these are size Large/Regular.. I wear a 32 in most pants and these have more than the usual amount of extra at the bottom.

5 5

Better than your favorite sweats..

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

Thanks to and Mountain Hardwear for choosing me to review the Compressors for the benefit of the community.

My need for these pants is a bit unconventional, but they have performed flawlessly and have worked out better than any system I’ve used in the past. I do a lot of cold water diving- water temps are hovering between 36F and 38F- and these have become my under-drysuit-layer. In the past I’ve worn layers of fleece which left plenty to be desired. Now I head to our gear locker with my bottom half clad in gym shorts and these Compressor pants.

I’m 6’1” with 36 waist and 32 inseam. I usually have issues in the thigh and butt area: tight in the thighs and big in the butt, but the large fit with no problem. They’re super roomy (not baggy) and have a little extra length. There’s plenty of room if I wanted to layer under the pants, but at the same time they fit nicely inside a pair of shell bibs or my drysuit.

The Compressors are reinforced in all the right places. Cuffs, Knees, Butt, and adjustment tabs on the waist all are a tougher; not ski edge or crampon proof, but they’re definitely more abrasion resistant. The waist is super adjustable with tabs on each hip and a drawstring in the front. One big perk, unlike your favorite sweats, these babies have a zip fly! On the zip note, the full length zips along the side are stout enough to be functional and jam-free, but don’t cramp style by digging into legs.

The synthetic fill (Thermal Q. Elite, they call it) is ideal for the dampness associated with diving- keep insulating even when damp/wet. The puff to the pants is preemo: not too much, not too thin. The outer layer is slippery enough to allow the puff to smooth itself out, thus avoiding poorly placed bunching.

Bottom line: High Quality Pants. The folks at MH really put a serious level of thought into the design of these which pays off by way of form, function, and a stout helping of heat each time they’re donned.

5 5

Mountain Hardwear Compressor Pant - Men's

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

I usually wear a size 34-35: pants and measure 38" circumference around my waist, I ordered an XL in these pants as I wear pants underneath and they are a perfect fit, The only issue is that there should be some way to tighten up at the waist other than the hokey string but they are good pants just the same.

I have big legs, and I'm worried about how these will fit. None of Mtn. Hardwear's hiking pants fit me. They either fit in the legs and are HUGE in the waist, or they fit in the waist but they're skin tight in the thighs.

I'm 5'9" and about 190-195 lbs. I'm a former football player and weightlifter and am currently a road and mountain biker. All of these things lead to big legs! My waist size is about 34", and the ideal inseam is 30"-32".

I measured the circumference of my upper's just under 25". I am a little chubby right now, so I'm sure I can cut 1"-1.5" off of this measurement by the time I will be wearing these January on Aconcagua.

Any thoughts?

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You and I are much the same specs - I am 5'9'' , 195#, 32 waist and 25 thigh. I have 3 pairs of MH pants with 32 waist and they all fit the thigh. This particular medium compression pant will take a 34 waist but the regular length will make it long for both of us. As for quad fit I can't say for sure but I am sure it will (I have the MH windstopper full zip pants and they fit fine) - if you can wait a couple of weeks I am going to buy them and I'll let you know for sure.

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Sweet! Keep me posted. I can probably hold off for a little while longer. Thanks!

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Hey Duncan...
I'm think I'm going to go with the OR Neoplume pants. I'd still like to hear your opinions on these though...I'll review the Neoplumes when I get them.

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I'm in your same boat. 6'1'' and a solid 220 if not 230. Depending on the brand, I usually wear a 36 waist, but have pants in 34 and 38 depending on the sizing/brand/whatever, and I’m a pretty standard 32 length. I have the same issue when buying pants, they fit me length ways, my waist is fine, but they’re super tight on my thighs. I just got the Compressor pant in large regular, and there is plenty of room all around. The waist is pretty adjustable and has a drawstring along with adjustable velcro tabs at the top and cuff. There is plenty of room in the crotch, thighs, knees, and butt to do anything from climbing to high kicks. I really like that the knees and butt, along with the Velcro tabs are all a beefier reinforced nylon. They're a good fitting and super comfy pant for a bigger dude. Hope this helps- and I’ll put up a more complete review after some more serious use than sitting on the couch and high kicks in the kitchen...

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So I got the Neoplume pants yesterday. I opted for those instead of the Compressors because they're lighter and less bulky even though, based on reviews I've read, they insulate just as well as the Compressor pants. I'm heading to climb Aconcagua in January and the Neoplumes were recommended by several guide's gear lists. The price was also better, which always helps! I haven't had a chance to test them yet, so can only comment on the sizing...which was my main concern.

I ordered size large, and they fit my size 34 waist well. I can slide them on over my hardshell pants with ease, and they also fit well under my shells because they're not super lofty. My biggest concern with sizing was the volume of the thighs as I have large thighs. There was plenty of I said, with or without layers underneath the Neoplumes.

The only thing that wasn't perfect, was the length. I wear a size 30-32 inseam (depending on the brand of the pants). I have to hike the Neoplume's up to my belly button for the length to be right. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing...if they'd stay there. But they seem to want to migrate back down to my waist. Once they migrate down to where they want to sit naturally, they're a little long in the legs, and the crotch is a little low which would be less than ideal if I was climbing while wearing these pants.

To solve this problem, I plan on taking these pants to a seamstress here who works on outdoor gear and have a couple suspender loops attached to the front so I can attach them to the suspenders of my hardshell pants...that'll hold them up just fine if I'm climbing in them. If I'm not climbing in them, I don't mind pulling them up every now and then!

Hope this info helps someone. I'll copy/paste this into the Neoplume page as well.