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- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I bought these for winter hiking. At this point I have been on a few hikes while wearing them. I have actually used them more for skiing. They are warm, they fit well while not being to tight and stretch with every move. They seem to hold up well to the wet snow i have been encountering.
If I had one complaint it would be that the inseam would be a tad to long for me with the large I need for waist. Otherwise I absolutely love them.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Unless you like the feeling of the pants in the middle of your stomach, i'd go for a different pair. Everything else seems fine, but it felt like I was putting on my mothers old mid-belly pants from the 70s.
Pants appear to be very well built, strong construction and they ride high (like to the belly button high). these are insulated and wouldn't recommend them unless it gets really cold. They should serve my mountaineering endeavors well.
32x32 (33" waist, 41" hips, 31" inseam) typically, medium fits wonderfully with a little room in the waist area. I would have a difficult time fitting an insulation layer underneath since they are very slim fitting.
I'll update after the first climb.
How do we know which length to get? I usually wear 30/32 pants, so I think small is good, but small regular or small long?
I would go with the Small long for a 30/32.
This is only my 2nd pair of soft shell pants. the first being TNF Apex Big Wall pant. I am a North Face guy, but have to say these pants are miles ahead of of my other pair. I have only had for a week or so and have not put to hardcore tests, but the fit and finish is perfect. I wear a 30x32 in pants and the small fits perfect. They are very comfortable, warm and a great fit. I will be putting them to the test soon with more strenuous activities and will update. I was out for a bit today ( 0 degrees) with TNF Power Flux Polar tech tights and felt very comfortable. They also have a bit of waist adjustment with the dual snaps. The suspenders from my North Face Mountain pants also work with these. Mountain Hardwear rocked it on these. I also just received the MH Polar tech bibs and they are money under these pants.
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Super comfortable, not too hot but still warming, tough, stretchy, and nicely weather resistant. Not only is there nothing not to like about these pants, there are plenty of things to REALLY like about them. I own a pair of Marmot Scree soft-shell pants and bust these out when temps drop below 30.
One of my favorite parts about them are the suspenders. They come up higher than traditional pants (warmth maybe?) but the suspenders make them feel almost weightless and so comfortable.
This is only my 2nd pair of soft shell pants. the first being TNF Apex Big Wall pant. I am a North Face guy, but have to say these pants are miles ahead of of my other pair. I have only had for a week or so and have not put to hardcore tests, but the fit and finish is perfect. I wear a 30x32 in pants and the small fits perfect. They are very comfortable, warm and a great fit. I will be putting them to the test soon with more strenuous activities and will update. I was out for a bit today ( 0 degrees) with just a light north face baselayer and felt very comfortable. They also have a bit of waist adjustment with the dual snaps. The suspenders from my North Face Mountain pants also work with these. Mountain Hardwear rocked it on these.
Does anyone know where to get a pair of Y-back suspenders to go with these pants? I would like to have a pair that will be good for snowshoeing and climbing versus dress pants.
Would recommend you check out REI or EMS. I found ones that were velcro and meant for sport for about 15-20 bucks
Do these have built in gaiters?
These particular pants do not have a built in gaiter. However I can tell you that they feature a tapered design around the cuffs that help hold them securely against a boot, and the cuff zips are very helpful for taking them on and off.
What size should I get for my 6'3" 185lb husband? Long and lean, usually a 32x34/36 in pants.
I wear a size 34x34, and was wondering what size I should get with these. I want to be able to wear a good baselayer underneath also and still be comfortable.
Ryan - good baselayers can be thick or thin - be more specific. There is also a sizing chart underneath the drop down menu at the upper right of the product page. I'd order both and return one. If you don't want to do that...then I'd get a medium and you'd probably be alright, providing you don't have a big a$$ or thunder thighs/massive quads...if you do...go for the large as the medium would probably be too restrictive. I'd also go for the large if you're planning on wearing really thick baselayers.
The baselayer I'm going with are the MHW Power Stretch tights, so I'm thinking I'm going to go with the medium. Thanks very much for the help!
I absolutely love these pants. I bought them for alpine climbing and they are exactly what I was looking for. I honestly don't have a single bad thing to say about them.
I took them out on Utah's Everest Ridge this weekend, and was very impressed by their performance. They breathe very well. They are incredibly comfortable. They are non-binding allowing a good range of motion. They blocked out the wind, and we were getting hit hard. Most important of all they kept me warm, paired with a mid-weight merino base layer, even while sitting on the snow to eat lunch.
The fit is exactly where I would want it for an alpine pant, trim but not tight. I would say the fit compares very closely with my MH Mesa pants. I wear a 30x32 in jeans, and wear size small in MH pants, which fit perfectly.
How warm are these?
The description says that they have a fleece lining. I can add layers for extra warmth if needed in the winter. My real question is would they be too warm for summer ascents, such as Mt. Hood?
Matt. If you used them for alpine climbing and summer ascents around Oregon they would be fine for summer use. They do have a fleece lining and would be a bit warm, at least for me, if you were to hike in them at lower elevations during the summer. If you are looking for a lighter softshell pant... check out Mountain Hardwear's Chockstone Pant for a lighter weight softshell pant. I hope this info helps!
Thanks for the response Jon. Exactly what I wanted to know.
To watch/play golf on cold weather days which would be the best Mountain Hardwear Pants: the Sarpa Pants or the Compression PL pants?
Thomas. No question... the Compressor PL Pants! They are insulated with Thermic Micro Insulation and are warm as can be! The Sarpa Pant is basically a softshell pant with a light fleece bonded to the back of the fabric. Warm but no where near as warm as the Compressor pants. I hope this info helps!
Just got these about a week ago and used twice so far and they're just excellent. I ordered smalls and wear 30/32 or 31/33 pants; they fit perfect. If I had to complain I wish maybe 1/2" longer and maybe a few bucks cheaper.
I bought primarily for colder weather fishing and kayaking both which ive done with them in windy 50F. They're very very comfortable with fleece lining, and excellent water, dirt, and wind resistance. There are 2 snaps that accommodate about an inch for difference in waist sizes. I definitely could wear thick long johns with them because of this feature and stretchy material. I do believe I could also wear for skiing. I cant comment on abrasion proof yet; time will tell. Also they are not technical looking so you could go to a store without looks.
In comparison I also ordered (and going back) Mt Hardwear Winter pants and NF Apex; they're not in the same league.