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Mountain Hardwear built the Drystein Pant with weather-blocking Dri.Q Elite tech so whether you're pushing through a storm or post-holing up the side of a mountain, you'll stay dry inside and out. Most waterproof-breathable alpine pants use membranes that require a buildup of sweat and water vapor before they can push moist air out through the fabric. The Dristein Pant leverages Dri.Q Elite's ability to get rid of water vapor from the second you start wearing it. Internal moisture has less time to form condensation so you won't feel clammy after you work up a sweat.

  • Triple-layered nylon face fabric is durable and tough
  • 40K-rated fabric will keep you dry in heavy, wet snow and driving rain
  • The Dry.Q membrane's air-permeable design starts reducing internal water vapor as soon as you zip up
  • Stretch panels at the knee and seat keep you mobile
  • Semi-fitted cut is performance ready without being overly tight
  • Half bib with adjustable suspenders keeps your stomach and lower back covered even when you're reaching above your head
  • 6-slider water-resistant rainbow rear zipper makes these pants easy to get in and out of
  • Internal gaiters prevent snow from migrating up your legs
  • zippered pockets haul your essentials
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Poorly designed main zipper.

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

Zipper issues galore.

1. The main zipper does not go low enough, so it sort of defeats its purpose, if you know what I mean. It also has a gimmicky feature - you can unzip it from either end, but it's really no use as it's not low enough.

2. It's kind of hard to take the pants off and put them on for the same reason - the zipper is not low enough.

3. This same zipper unzips itself at the top of the pants while you are wearing them; they should have made a velcro or a button or some other thing at the top to stop it from opening.

4. The zipper is super thin and flimsy! Mine actually broke while I was putting them on in the tent. Admittedly I should have just got out to put them on in a more comfortable position, but still that shows that they used a low quality zipper. It's surprising to see such low quality component in such an expensive piece of gear.

Other than that, I gotta say the pants are well made and very comfortable. I've sent the pants to Mountain Hardwear for zipper repair/replacement.

Nice but run small

  • Familiarity:I returned this product before using it
  • Fit:Runs small

Look at size chart and go up one and maybe they will work. I am about 5' 10", 190, 33 inch waist and large thighs. I could barely get these on and in no way could I zip all the up. Quality looks real nice though

So far, so stoked

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

Pretty much what i have been looking for in a winter shell pant.

Next to naked feel, only a little tug in the shoulders where the straps sit. The stretch panels in the knees and hips add effortless articulation where it's needed, the joints. The rest is hard-shell like fabric, which adds durability. Yesterday, I dropped into an unfamiliar drainage and found myself ripping through some gnarly shrubs. I for sure thought the thighs might be torn, but the material wasn't even slightly abraded. Full zip sides make for unlimited, customized ventilation. I'll be cautious with tugging on the zippers bc they're not beefy, like on Mammut gear for instance, and if they go the pants are instantly worthless. The DryQ Elite kept me warm, dry and not at all soggy. The color way is stylish, but not trendy. I went w/ a large (my street clothes are medium - 6' 170#) bc these are apparently designed more for ice climbing and mountaineering, than skiing. I like a loose fit, so I'd rather err on the side of baggy than slim. I'm glad I didn't get the medium, large fits great.

PS I looked at a dozen or so bib shell pants (soft and hard) from multiple brands, Arcteryx, Norrona, Marmot, OR, TNF, and tried on about half of them. The MHW Drysteins were the best combo of flexibility, durability and price.

Bibs are back

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I got the drystein pant soley for the bibs. I know MH makes a bomber pant but they really got the bibs dialed. Not too tall, but not just a pair of suspenders on a regular pair of pants. A nice feature on this pant is the integrated belt that allows you to tighten things up a bit if you want. Another sweet thing is you can run the skinny Arcade belt in them to make them extra comfy.

Does anyone know the inseam for a size...

Does anyone know the inseam for a size medium?

Two Questions: 1) would the bib pocket...

Two Questions:

1) would the bib pocket be big enough for a Mammut Pulse?

2) Which way does the fly zip, up or down?

Similar question to below. Anyone know...

Similar question to below. Anyone know if these will fit over a ski boot? Looking to use these pants (or something similar) for both ski touring and winter mountaineering. Have any other recommendations? Only catch is I need a pant which comes with a short inseam (~30") which rules out a lot of models.

i used these for a 5 hr tour yesterday and they function extremely well (See, my review above). The gaiters easily fit over my top buckle, and probably could've dragged it down over the second buckle. The snaps never popped, The gaiters stayed in place all day; the knee stretch helps with that. With the adjustable shoulder straps you can manipulate the inseam a bit. I'd suggest you buy them. It's a great soft/hard shell combo. Plus, Backcountry has a super easy return policy if you're not loving them.

I'm looking for a ski pant, both resort...

I'm looking for a ski pant, both resort and BC. These look great, but anyone have any thoughts on the subject?

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I tried on a pair on and think they would be a great for as much. Very much like the Artyrex Theta but Mountain Hardwears DriQ rather than the Gortex Pro. Might have gone with these but need the longer length and went with the much less expensive Stoic Bombshell which I haven't tried yet myself - but has gotten great reviews from friends who use for resort and BC. And for $200 less (if they are still on sale).