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You're 12 minutes into a four-day hike and it's already starting to rain—good thing you have the Outdoor Research Women's Palisade Pant stashed in your pack. Since the mountain sog can sneak up out of nowhere, the fully taped Palisade has full-length side zippers so you quickly slide it over your boots, and snap cuff adjustments to seal snugly and keep water from dripping into your socks. When the weather clears again, stash the Palisade into its rear pocket for storage, but be ready—odds are you'll need its articulated knees and Barrier waterproof membrane again before long.
- Barrier 2-layer waterproof membrane
- 75D polyester fabric
- Full-length side zips
- Fully taped seams
- Articulated knees
- Elastic waist with drawcord
- Snap ankle adjustments
- Back pocket works as a stuff sack
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Lightweight and dependable
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
The Palisade pants are lightweight and pack well which makes them a good choice for day hikes with smaller pack as well as multi day trips where every ounce counts.
The fabric is thin but handles abrasion well. I often throw them over my hiking pants for glissading and the wear on the rear is minimal. On the other hand you will have to be careful when using ice axe and crampons as they rip easily on contact with sharp objects, which includes rock and branches.
The rain protection is outstanding. I wore them through serious downpours and they did not let the water through. Unfortunately they seem to run little short for my 30" inseam. When walking, they lift up enough that the water occasionally drips into my boots (I wear over the ankle backpacking boots).
While the pants don't let moisture in, they don't let much of it out either. I never found that to be a problem, my legs don't sweat much and as long as the top of my body is ventilated, I don't have problems with overheating. The pants have full length zippers so if you feel your legs are running hot, you can let some air in.
The zippers make it easy and fast to put the pants on and you can do so even with boots/crampons/snowshoes/skis on. It's really a convenient feature. When caught in a sudden rain, the last thing I want to do is to take my boots off in order to put my rain gear on.
I would recommend these pants for hikers and backpackers who look for light yet reliable protection and who stay on trail most of the time. Those who enjoy scrambling, often find themselves bushwhacking or use sharp tools on regular basis might find the material not strong enough for such adventures.
I'm 120 lb and I wear these pants in XS. They are not too tight, and I can wear them with no restrictions but I think size S would be a better choice, especially if you're planning to wear them over your hiking pants.