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Focus on the mountain.
- 3L Dry.Q Elite fabric is a true blend of waterproofness and breathability—ideal for backcountry skiing, rigorous mountaineering, or ice climbing
- Internal gaiters under the pant cuffs keep snow, ice, and wind out of your boots
- Integrated web belt is lightweight and won't interfere with your ice harness
- Inner ankle scuff guards help reduce wear
- Full-length side zippers let you pull on and take off the pant without removing boots
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Not the One
I've been searching for the past month or so for a pair of hard shell pants for backpacking and general mountaineering. I checked out the Patagonia Triolet, Mammut Convey, Outdoor Research Paladin and the MH Quasar. I ultimately decided on the Outdoor Research Paladin. I felt like they have the best combination of features, durability and weight.
I liked how lightweight the Quasar were, but I thought the inner gaiter was worthless. No pockets didn't seem practical. The 15D material did not inspire confidence with respect to durability. Most importantly to me, the fact that you can't vent the pants using the full side zips (without them falling down), seemed like a bad design to save 1 or 2 ounces of weight. Perhaps, the DryQ material is so breathable that you don't even need to vent, but I didn't have a chance to test.
Purchased these pants in the early spring, and have been climbing with them since.
- Very lightweight
- Breathability is impressive, even will the full zips closed
- Pant bottoms are well cut (aka not too baggy so they don't catch on crampons, etc...)
- Very waterproof
- The cut is VERY tight around the waist and thighs. I am not sure if this is improved with sizing up, but it's borderline restrictive.
- Features are lacking. I understand this is meant as a barebones light and fast shell, and it does a great job at this, but at least one front pocket would be nice to stash the free end of a prusick or the inevitable ends and odds you accumulate on a climb.
- Durability is very lacking. Again, light and fast, got it. But this is too light and fast. One scuff on a rock with my rear end peeled the outer layer from the DryQ membrane and severely compromised the pants. And I wish the scuff guard on the inside of the ankle were bigger.
Overall, I am impressed with the DryQ material, but I will be returning these pants for something sadly heavier but a bit beefier. These are great if you never plan on contacting rock with them or if you want to replace them often. YMMV.