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Peary (and his massive stache) would have been jazzed on the Norrona Svalbard Flex1 Softshell Pant.
- Backcountry.com is the exclusive US retailer for Norrøna products
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Great for cold weather activity
This is a fairly heavy pant - too warm for me in anything but winter conditions. But it is extremely well constructed and my favorite back country ski pant. Very stretchy and comfortable for cold weather back country skiing. The stretch gives it a great range of motion - does not feel constricted. Very wind resistant and keeps dry in snowy weather. Never used it in the rain. I love the zip pockets for back country skiing - even the cargo pockets which some people seem to dislike. They are great for small things you want quick access to. I've put a lot of days in these and they look like new. I'm 6'4" with a 33 waist and the large is a very good fit. The waist is a little loose but not baggy. I prefer to use a belt over their waist adjustment system which I find a bit funky.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I wanted a heavier weight all around hiking pant for my regular trips to the UK for hiking in all kinds of weather including cold, damp, windy or just downright wet. These pants fit the bill. I also have a pair of Arcteryx Gamma Lights that are much lighter but also stretch. I would not wear the Gammas in cold wet and windy conditions - they are just too light. The Norrona's are much heavier, more solid pants for the same price. In fact I got mine for 20% off at BC so I am pretty happy with that. I am 6'3" and 205 lbs and the XL fits me well although I am at the limit of the velcro waist adjustment system so I better not start losing weight! I wear hot chillies as a base layer if the weather is really cold so that with good waterproof over trousers I have a great 3 layer system for any eventuality. I love the construction quality of these pants and the stretch. They are nicely windproof but I haven't tested them yet in wet weather. I will be hiking in the UK in March so I will probably be able to provide an update then. The pockets are also good but I agree with some reviewers that the knee pocket will not get a lot of use. The hook for attching to boots is useful and I like the press stud tightening system at the bottom of the legs because I hike in full mountain boots but also in Salomon light hikers/trail running shoes. All in all, this is a great pant but I need more time with them to offer a proper assessment.
what is the country of origin for these...
what is the country of origin for these and other Norrana products?
Designed in Norway, made in China.
Love the Pants
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
This pants will keep you warm. I bought this to hike Mt Whitney (tallest Mt in the Continental US). Temps were in the single digits...these pants are lightweight and stretchy.
How can backcountry.com justify the price...
How can backcountry.com justify the price increases on most Norrona products?
As of today all prices of new norrona gear...
As of today all prices of new norrona gear went up 10%, which now makes the norrona website cheaper and that is with with $20 shipping to u.s. and duties. WTF?
No scam going on (Norrona's site does not account for tax & duty so when you look at their site it's misleading)...just the unfortunate cost of getting this stuff into the US from Europe for our customers (we are the only US retailer you can get it from on the web or in a brick n' mortar).
Thanks for your question Kara & for your involvement in community!
Brad you are incorrect sir. I just put some orders into Norrona, and it is definitely cheaper to buy from them now than it is from backcountry.com, but to all of you who want to find cheaper prices for Norrona equip., check out Tamarackoutdoors.com because Tony has much more competitive prices (even with tax and duty costs he is way cheaper than here). If it is an item you want that he does not have on the site a quick message to him and he can usually special order it in any color and or combination Norrona has; something BC can't do: It just requires a little patience and time. I think it will take people buying Norrona products outside of bc . com in order for them to renegotiate and make the pricing more competitive in the states, we don't live in the EURO zone. On top of that the tax and duty issue is a copout, if BC is the only US distributer then BC has a responsibility to do their part in making the pricing affordable for the masses. Having Exclusive rights means having great responsibility. Do yourselves a favor and do the research and shop around.
Jonathan - do you have the jacket in hand? I just looked at Norrona and Tamarack and they are more expensive when you add on the 7.1% tariff rate that is charged to you once the jacket crosses the US border (you don't get charged this by either vendor, you get hit with it by customs and then usually charged a brokerage fee on top of that, sometimes the bill even comes a couple of months after delivery). So, getting all of the Norrona stuff still turned out to be cheaper by about 5%, plus there is the returnability of having BC located here in the states.
I don't disagree that prices seem to be getting a bit out of control on this stuff, but as the owner of a couple Norrona items, I love them. Would love to see BC put some downward pressure on pricing if possible, but wanted to clear up the myth that Norrona is cheaper elsewhere.
Like Jonathan Rambo, I have also placed my order with Norr�na a short while ago in the ammount of $976. The prices are 10% cheaper on the official Norrona website, like Kara claims. They charge a flat shipping rate of $20 to have shipped to the U.S. regardless of the ammount of purchased goods. The package was shipped to me in 10 days exactly with UPS expedited. No duties, fees or any extra charges. So Norr�na website is 10% cheaper, and you do have to pay $20 for shipping. My total was $996, which is still cheaper than backcountry.com or buying it anywhere in Europe for that matter, as their pricing in ? comes much more expensive...
That is correct. I ordered from Narrona before they were carried here by backcountry. Once the product crosses into the US, you are responsible for the tariff as a COD. I was quite surprised about it because it didn't state that on Narrona's site, but then again, it should be expected.
You are not taking into consideration the following in your quest to save a few dimes:
Currency fluctuations (BC have to buy ahead as does any business)
Returns policy (BC are more than fair and have top customer service)
Supposing it needs a repair - do you want to ship it back to Norway? Jackets dont qualify for Airmiles! Talk about a Carbon footprint! Carbon BIGFOOT more like it!
I bought in the USA when I visited and got some great deals from BC in feb 2013 when Norrona was 20%-30% off...went in London & Europe, there was no such offers.
Moral of the story. Stop complaining!
I wear a 30" waist and 34" leg. Will these...
I wear a 30" waist and 34" leg. Will these be to short for me if I order the small? Or do they make a long length to fit me?
Norr�na does make a long fit, but the only place you can order it from is from their website.
Great, but not $ better..
Received a pair, gave them a once over to feel and see what all the hype was all about. No doubt they do sssssssssstrech, if youre into yoga these might be the pants for you. I own a pair of the same pants in the heavy weight, now these pants are the bomb! With side leg zips for venting, 2 back pockets, nice details that last like embroidered logo and NOT silk screened (cheap-O details) like on these,  For the $, in my opinion you find just as bomber quality in the Mammut! i have no plans on having to place my foot over and behind my head anytime soon. Aside that I love my heavy weight Svals for the crag or on my Ducati MStrada because of rock solid construction/appearance, its that fashion statement (and we all like it) they make when someone at Starbucks will ask, where did you get those pants ( or those ones)! Im a 31 waist and the small size were nuts on with a lit adjustment factor from the waist slides. IF baby got back these mold nicely 4 stars, of the highest quality/construction. Happy trails, fair winds and following seas!
Sweet pants, more water-resistant and more breathable than my Stoic Overhangs, but also set me back quite a bit more. Pretty lightweight, and has 5 zippered pockets, although I doubt I'll really ever use the knee pockets because it is annoying to have something resting against my knee when hiking, etc. Will be using these for 3+ seasons hiking, mountaineering, and splitboading once I get a hardboot setup (they wouldn't fit over regular snowboard boots). The belt system works well.
I ordered the Bungee Cord, size L, and at 6'1", 190, these pants fit perfectly. Only problem was the picture shows a light brown color with contrasting dark brown zippers. The pants I got are a lot more gray with matching zippers. I like the pants in the picture better, but the ones I got are just fine so I'll be keeping them. They just look nothing like the picture, which happens to be on the Norrona website as well. Other than that, I probably wouldn't hesitate to buy another pair if I had an excuse.
Universal pant to meet the needs of the masses.
I really wanted to try some Norrona pants out that Backcountry.com seemed to have a limited supply on so I ordered a lot of gear direct from Norrona with a shipping reduction (Vibka in customer service really works with you to make the shipping reasonable). I purchased quite a few pants that were offered on the Backcountry.com site and some that were not offered. Of the products I purchased to review the Svalbard Flex/1 pant was among them in the iconic Norrona green (Backcountry.com does not offer this color yet (or ever)). These pants are an exceptional product. The heavy weight makes them great for spring and fall backpacking and climbing, and in the winter time I have utilized them for some winter camping, telemark, general mountaineering and ice climbing with layering. The construction is stiff at first, yet very pliable which allows for some stretch in dynamic movement as well as proper ventilation. The pants due to their construction with a very tight woven material emulate a waterproof pant with a long lasting water resistance. I enjoyed this feature much as I could sit in the snow for a few minutes without getting wet. Because of this same mechanism the pants block quite a bit of wind which I have noticed when climbing on some blustery ridges. The unique sizing device on the pants really does make a pant conform to your body rather than the other way around. The bottom ankle adjustments are handy and accomodate nicely for ice climbing boots, ski boots down to a lightweight hiking boot. The pockets like most Norrona products are placed well for maximal utilization. These pants do soften up over time, but after 3 months of rigorous use in the Andes have held up quite nice retaining the material properties that make them so appealing. Overall I give this product a 4/5 as the product quality is top notch, the materials are wonderful and the versatility of the product is very expansive. I wish the material broke in a little quicker and the overall design fit of the pants is not exceptionally ideal for me (I discuss this below) and that is why I am taking back 1 star, but overall a great product for the masses. Sizing is always difficult to determine especially with european/scandanavian brands. Norrona sizing is really quite true to size. I am a true medium 5'9 165 with a 32X32 waist and the size medium pant fits me perfectly; the waist is snug with adjustment, the thighs are straight fit (I have larger thighs however), and there is just a little more room than I prefer through the calf and ankle but I can tolerate that for fitting over boots. I have found sizing to be true with most of Norrona's bttom products other than their looser fitted clothing such as their Lofoten, Roldal, Narvik and some of the Trollveggen series in which I must size down to a small and I am barely making the fit (but it is much better to be smaller than baggy in my perspective). To clarify my waist is 32.2 inches bare, so when I am telling you a medium fits, it is not actually 32 inches but rather 32.5-33 inches. Norrona has several products with different fits so depending on activity and preference they will have something for you. The Fjora Felx 1 pant is very slim and will be a great product for trail blazing which is another product I tried, but backcountry.com has yet to publish for the new Fjora line so I will be presenting more information on more products when they update for the new year.
Will you be getting a restock (medium) of...
Will you be getting a restock (medium) of this pant anytime soon?
SOLID, VERSITLE PANT
I needed a versatile hiking/ backpacking pant that would carry me througout a variety of conditions, especially wet/ wintery California high country terrain...this pant has definitely lived up to it's reputation. I am 6'2, 205lbs and normally wear a 34/34 in jeans or pants...the LG fit me fine, although I found it to be more of a "skinny jean" feel/ fit, but not uncomfortable because of the elasticity. I might be inclined to complain about the thigh zip pocket which can't hold anything other than a credit card comfortably, but that's not what these pants should be used for...
The pant cuff has a nice hook for locking the cuff into your boot of choice and the velcro waist adjusters almost eliminate the need for a belt...although suspender adapters (or suspenders included) would be a huge plus! They are both wind and water resistant
Bottom line: Well worth the $$ and a solid all weather hiking/ backpacking pant that has great durability and looks sharp.
Best hiking and casual pants ever
Own ebony since Oct 2009, now got cord and popsicle into collection. I now own 8 Norrona pants from summer flex to toughest gore-tex, but these are a definite favorite for everyday activities. Wore them for a temp range from 20C to -25C, breathing perfectly while warm, keep warm while freezing. The perfect thing with em is that they make you visually slimmer, say fit A+, not being slim-fit at the same time. No other pants do so! Highly recommended for anybody. But Norrona sizing is tricky. I have for instance Bo-shirts in L, it corresponds to XXL. With these pants L fits 100%. However in cotton pants and flex1 from Norrona M fits like it has to. I am lucky to have a local shop with Norrona near me (yeah, Yurop), so that I go and try first, and then buy here at Backountry. And lucky you in US, for instance there pants retail for 250 USD in Norway/Denmark/EU. The same applies to everything else from Norrona.
Does Norrona have super weird sizing like...
Does Norrona have super weird sizing like most euro clothing?
I have a 32in waist and fit medium should i size up
I cannot speak to this item specifically, but we have a Norrona shell and pants in this house, both Gore Tex, and they run true to size - if anything the pants are slightly big. I'd go with your North Face, Arcteryx size - that is what we have done. This has not been like the Italian bike wear, where you need an XXL if you are a L!!Good luck.
Medium should be perfect for your 32" inch waist. These run bigger than other euro sizes, as they are made for athletic people and for you to move comfoftably in them exploring the outdoors and possibly for some layers underneath. Waist is adjustable, which is a great plus.
M size Caviar will available soon ? need...
M size Caviar will available soon ? need ....... Thank u ....
Tough to get me out of these once I put them on. Wore them for 3 straight days on Shasta. Super comfortable, breathable, functional, and awesome. Got these towards the end of spring, but could see using them for 95% of backcountry outing. Haven't used them much past backcountry skiing, but feel they would function well.
The Norrona website gives these a 3 out of 6 waterproof rating.
Does anyone know how this is achieved? I've recently found out about the dangers of PTFE and PFOA, and would like my gear to be as Earth-friendly as possible from now on. Thanks.
I really love these pants. I bought them for alpine hiking / backpacking, but have ended up wearing them on an everyday basis because they're just so damn cool. The build quality is top notch. Stitching is tight and consistent, the material is slightly stretchy but definitely abrasion resistant. They tend to be a bit slim fitting in the waist / thighs - more of an athletic look - so if you're worried about that get a size up, but I wouldn't say they are ill-fitting by any means. I'll mention again how much I love these pants. Perfect for backpacking and hiking in that they dry quickly and are not too thin like other pants (i'm thinking marmot cruz pants here). I'd get another pair in a second but they're all out of my size... hope they get more in.
Love the pants. Been using them for a week straight in Patagonia. I would like to buy another pair but they're out of the size and color I want.
In response to the other poster, in no way are they water proof; they are a softshell pant with no lining. They'll be fine in a light rain etc but under sustained conditions they'll soak through (as you'd expect from a softshell). Yesterday I was kneeling in a bog and my knee got wet. It happens; they dry fast.
I am very happy with these pants and am going to have to find another source for a 2nd pair.