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If your wearing the wrong pair of pants, thigh-deep powder means thigh-deep wet legs. Norrøna designed the Men's Narvik 3-Layer Gore-Tex Shell Pants to keep the grins coming all day as you rip through the powder in desert-dry comfort. Tough 3-layer Gore-Tex holds up to years of riding and is guaranteed waterproof and breathable. The loose-fitting freeride cut gives you a full range of motion and a little new-school style. Norrøna also gave these full-featured pants mesh vents, easy-to-reach pockets, and both zip and button compatibility.

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Dry and very warm

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

These pants compete in every way with the Arcteryx Stingray except one. they are european cut. I am 6'5" and 270lbs and although the XXL has plenty of room and length for my legs, the crotch is tight. If you like feeling all "firm and tightened" up in the crotch area, then these are for you. It isnt so bad that its noticeable by other people, not at all. you just feel it.

I would buy again. for heavy powder or cold wet days, nothing beats these or the stingray.

Great Fit, Questionable Finish

    The cut of these are great being slightly narrower in the waist and upper leg than your typical modern day pant with a slight flare to the calf to comfortably fit over your boot. Great design overall with articulated knees, pleated pockets so they stay flat when there's nothing in them, sealed zippers, zippered thigh vents, pretty large velcro tabs around the waist to cinch down the size, thin felt on the inside of the waistband and a reasonably rugged kick patch on the instep, although a far cry from the durability of those on most Pro Shells. The fabric feels surprisingly lightweight for a Performance Shell, and a little disappointing based on my perceived durability for a $400 pant. The gaiters are also made out of a tightly woven mesh rather than a nylon that I imagine would wear & tear after not long. It might be a little odd to note, but these are very noisy pants. The kick patches on the instep make a ton of noise when they rub against each other and the pant fabric is very crinkly. Overall, I love how these pants are cut and designed, but the finish leaves me wanting something more. It's hard not to compare these to the Patagonia Primo, and so, if you don't mind a baggier cut, I'd put my money on the Primos.

    So they claim a Medium is sized to fit 36"...

    So they claim a Medium is sized to fit 36" waist??? I'm 6'4" 200#'s and haven't been in a medium since middle school???? By example a Mammut pant in a euro 52 is considered a Large? what's going on with the sizing here?

    My man is 6'2" 210 lbs with 36" waist and fits beautifully in a large. Medium might be too tight in the waist and inseam too short. Whatever you decide, you don't have much to lose with backcountry's return policy.

    How come the 3 layer pant is lighter than...

    How come the 3 layer pant is lighter than the 2 layer? Seems like it should be the other way around. What's the difference in feel between the two pants? Do these tend to run large or small? Thanks.

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    The reason the 3L pant is lighter is that while both pants are made of the Performance Shell fabric from Gore-Tex, the 2L pant has a mesh lining in it adding a very slight additional weight. These pants will fit pretty true to size. As far as the feel between the two pants, I cannot tell you because I did not get to go to Sweden for the line showing.

    hope this helps