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Wise mountaineers live by the axiom, 'going up is optional; coming back down is not.' Buttressed by 40K-rated waterproof breathable fabric and Mountain Hardwear's legendary commitment to quality, the Returnia Pant will have you hiking, climbing, and skiing in the utmost comfort so you can keep your focus on achieving your goals and getting the hell out of there while the road is still passable.

  • Dry.Q Core waterproof breathable membrane provides very impressive 40K-rated protection from brutal, high-alpine storms
  • Micro-Chamois-lined waist is adjustable for a customized fit
  • Zippered inseam vents not only sound intriguing, they also allow you to dump excess warmth when you work up a sweat
  • Internal powder cuffs seal out snow
  • Ankle reinforcements at inside lower leg protect against sharp ski edges and crampons
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Great Light Pant!!

    A slim, more fit type these pants worked great for me and the adjustable waist came in handy with the right amount of pockets for storage of gear. With an under layer, these pants for perfect in a wintery storm at 15F. Don't hesitate.

    Excellent shell-type pants

      This is a great pair of ski pants for Spring weather or if you've got soft-shell pants underneath. Wind- and water-proof, just the right amount (and size) of pockets, adjustable waist fit. As a relatively thin guy, I also appreciate the trimmer fit and look of this pant. Great value-for-money at the season-end price, too!

      Very nice shell pants!

        The Returnia shell pants are very nice. The Dry.Q Core is not quite as nice as Dry.Q Elite, but more affordable and still does the job. The fit is good, maybe a touch loose.

        I see that the Tech Specs still have it as a 40K waterproof rating. It should be closer to 20K. Still very good at keeping the water out.

        Perfect Pants

          As someone that doesn't care for thick insulated ski pants these were incredible. They are incredibly comfortable and water/wind proof beyond anything I needed. I just got back from the top of Keystone in negative wind chill temperatures and these pants staved off the wind and kept me warm with just a base layer underneath. These are the best pants I've owned in 20 years of skiing.

          Mountain Hardwear Returnia Pant - Men's

          • Familiarity:I've used it several times


          32 Waist

          Med/Reg fits good. A tad baggy, but overall a great pant. Affordable high waterproof rating. (around 20,000mm)

          Deep Water color is a tad more "teal" than the stock photo.

          Puts up with the abuse!

            These pants have been through the wringer this season. My AT and touring set up haven't made a single mark on these pants. They have great movement, protection from H2O and breathability. My buddies wanted me to go with a more expensive pant, but why should you when you get everything for a ton cheaper?

            Great Pants

              These shell pants are a pretty great product. They breathe EXTREMELY well (for a shell). You will still overheat if you work too hard, although the side vents do a good job at well, venting; however, feeling clammy is very hard to accomplish in these pants. Have not yet been able to test durability, although they look pretty solid.

              My only qualm with these pants is that the bottoms are cut for ski boots or fat mountain boots, which I expected, however there is no velcro or elastic method to cinch it down. So, when using regular hiking boots they are pretty saggy at the bottom. Thankfully does not impede functionality all too much, but does make an annoying sound.

              Overall, pretty good. DryQ is an amazing step forward.

              Waterproof Rating is inaccurate

                Inaccurate waterproof rating. I talked to a MH rep and only the Dry Q Elite has the 40k mm WP rating.

                Unanswered Question

                2 questions - 1. What is the "seat room"...

                2 questions - 1. What is the "seat room" like on these? My Hubs has a large seat and generally buys "relaxed fit" pants for a proper fit. 2. What is the waist adjustablity range for an XXL? He's a solid 44, but I am concerned that adding a base layer might make them too snug. Even an inch on the larger side would be helpful. Thanks!

                I normally wear a 40 waist, 32 inseam. ...

                I normally wear a 40 waist, 32 inseam. Will an XL fit me or are these going to be small like most other gear type pants?

                Your best bet would be to measure your hips and waist. Pants waist sizes don't really make sense these days due to the way most people wear them. These pants don't run different in size to most winter pa ts. Backcountry has a great return policy incase the XL doesn't fit, and you could chat with their experts if you want more specific answers.

                could i wear these with snowboard boots?

                could i wear these with snowboard boots?

                I am 6,3" and I'm thinking about getting...

                I am 6,3" and I'm thinking about getting a large, will that be big enough? my inseam is about 34, and i weigh 170 lbs, my waist is 35".

                Mike. We may need more info to give you the best advice. What is your waist size and inseam length. Along with your height this info would help a lot. Also, please check out the size chart next to the 'options' box on the upper left of this page. This may provide all the info you are looking for. Cheers!

                Can anyone tell me about the mens Insulated...

                Can anyone tell me about the mens Insulated Returnia Pant:

                1) How many pockets and their location? Description says 2 hand and 1 right thigh, but I see what looks like 4 zip toggles on the outside.
                2) Where are the vents? Inseam or outside thigh? Are the vents protected by mesh to reduce snow entry?
                3) Are there attachments for the back of a MH jacket e.g. Snowtastic, Vertical Peak, to keep it riding up and letting in snow?

                No mesh on the vents, but that's a preference thing. The problem with most mesh lined vents is that they snag. No mesh = no snag. Personally I only keep vents open when I'm going up or once I'm at the bottom, so the risk of snow getting in is pretty minimal.

                Are these insulated. Or are they just a...

                Are these insulated. Or are they just a shell.