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I use these mostly for mountain biking the steeps in early spring and snow biking in winter. Use them alone or with a layer when the temp drops. No complaints so far, but the waist does run big! I am around 120lbs and wear the XS. Awesome colors!!!
Waist is huge, but pants are great
- Gender: Female
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I'm a 5'10, size 8-10, 145lbs, medium-to-trim frame, women's pants reviewer. I bought the Women's Large Svalbard softshell because the Mediums were too tight in the leg for bending and stepping up. The waist at EITHER an M or L is so huge I can barely keep them up with a belt. Yes, they have adjustable velcro belt straps on the sides, which would be more helpful if there wasn't literally a foot of extra space to take up between my waist and the pant. I have normal, strong but thin, skier-sized legs, and all the waists of the technical brand pants are huge on me. Many other women in my age group (30's) are frustrated with the same thing, so designers, ***PLEASE STOP MAKING PANTS WITH WAISTS THAT COME STRAIGHT UP FROM THE WIDEST PART OF THE SEAT!!! (Outdoor Research, you are doing a better job than most, this year.) *** Another slight annoyance is that there are gaiter hooks at the bottom of the pants legs, so when I pull up the leg to adjust something, the hooks catch on my boot buckles and I have to de-glove to untangle them. I'd prefer those be removable. Zipped pockets are adequately roomy and pretty well-placed. Pants material is burly and I get lots of compliments on color (blue) from friends. Length is awesome - and I normally feel like everything is short. My overall impression is that these are really high-quality pants, good for most touring and inbounds, Rockies cold or Seattle cold; however, I can't wear these without a burly belt and pleats down the top half of my leg from the giant waist. For those of you around my size, also try these in M or try Outdoor Research's pants in size M - they seem to be making their women's legs a little bit roomier for the waist size this season than other manufacturers.
Love this pant... getting it in every color
This pant is amazing for xcountry skiing. I plan to take them trekking in Nepal this year. Not too heavy, just right. I am 5'8" and a true size 8 in pants.. The medium is great, love that I can adjust the waist. Any weight long underwear fits under these as well.
These pants are awesome. A note for sizing - I'm 5'8" and usually a size 4 and the small is almost too big - I have to really cinch down the waist tabs. The pants are pretty thick. I live in Utah and will use them for snow shoeing and skiing all winter.
Does anyone know how heavy this fabric is?...
Does anyone know how heavy this fabric is? Is it appropriate for summer / fall mountain travel in the Rockies or the Alps ?
Don't know how heavy it is, but by the description I'd say it's good for Fall in the Rockies.
quite late reply on this, but they are pretty heavy, I wear them year round though while hiking or skiing.
When I go cross country skiing I put on a base layer under these and they are good to go!! Love them
Thanks. I finally got these, and yeah they are pretty thick. I use them for blustery days with long undies and they are perfect.