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Go ahead and lay that track.

For those that lead the pack and break trail, there’s the Outdoor Research Men’s Trailbreaker Softshell Pants. Built with IFMGA (International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations) guide-requested functionality, the Trailbreaker kicks some serious ass in the backcountry.
  • Durable, waterproof Ventia Hybrid fabric protect you from the wet when breaking trail
  • Breathable softshell fabric and dual sliding thigh-length side zippers dump excess heat while you set the skin or boot pack
  • A zippered hand pocket accommodates another pocket with key-clip attachment for your beacon
  • Removable gaiters for convenience
  • Knee pad pockets for comfort and convenience
  • Reinforced ankle scuff guards for added durability
  • Zippered ankles easily fit over ski and mountaineering boots
  • Multiple pockets stash your small mountaineering essentials

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How is the range of motion with these...

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How is the range of motion with these pants? They will be used mostly for mountaineering but may also be used for more technical climbs.

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Very good range of motion with these pants. Stretchy and they layer quite well if needed. These are built to move in the mountains.

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Great Winter Trail Pants

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm usually a 34/34 fit for pants. I went with the XL to be on the safe side. They fit great will only a little slipping down and showing the plumber crack. Easily fixed with a belt.

The soft shell has plenty of give and allows for a lot of movement. I haven't had an issue where waterproofing gave out yet so I can't really say anything about that. All the snow I have been in with them has been pretty dry.

The gaiters aren't a solid piece of construction. They are more of a mesh net but I didn't have a single problem with snow getting into my pants or boots on my last trip to the Superior Hiking Trail a couple of weeks ago.
Tons of pockets and the heat vents on the sides work well. I kept toasty warm with some long johns and these pants on a -10 to 20 degree trip.

Great Winter Trail Pants

for snowshoeing and winter hiking, would...

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for snowshoeing and winter hiking, would gaiters still be advisable?

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i bought this pant last year and mainly used it mountaineering and winter hiking. i used it without strap on gaiters because gaiters are integrated with the pant. under the gaiters, there is a removable mesh lining that keeps debris out. you can certainly put on extra gaiters over the pant to make it more bombproof, which i will do this winter. i love these things, the pockets are endless. but to answer your question, i would advise to have gaiters if you will hike in the snow.

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i have a 33" waist and a 36" inseam does...

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i have a 33" waist and a 36" inseam does any one make a comparable pant that will fit me

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THE Pant for the Haute Route!

Bought these for the 100 mile Haute Route traverse from Chamonix to Zermatt -- they are fantastic!

Softshell fabric upper leg is much more abrasion resistant, breathable, and the cut fits better than Patagonia's comparable Backcountry Guide Pant. Side leg vents open all the way for maximum cooling when skinning uphill (Patagonia Backcountry Guide Pant with fabric mesh in the leg vents only opens 2 inches max, not cool). With side vents zipped up on the downhill, over a mid-weight base layer, the Trailbreakers completely cut the wind and keep your legs warm even in high winds, or when you're sweated up.

The 5 zippered pockets are terrific, easy to reach, just the right size, so they let you keep all your essentials (passport, snack bars, knife, cash, etc.) in the pants so they never get misplaced when constantly shedding or adding top layers as you heat up on the climb then chill on the descent. Knees and lower leg have a snowproof, waterproof breathable shell, and the removable internal gaiters fit perfectly over my AT ski boots. I'm 6'1", 160 lbs, 32" waist, 34" inseam, the Medium size fit was perfect over a power stretch base layer.

After living in these pants for nine days of continuous ski touring,from valley altitudes and temperatures to 12,500 ft., all snow and weather conditions, plus ground travel to/from mountains between France and Switzerland -- they did it all -- a phenomenal AT pant from OR!

5 5

OR Trailbusters

I dig em'. As a naturally warm natured person, these pants do the trick in keepin' me cool, especially on days I feel like pushing myself up the bootpack a bit faster. The side vents are enough to dump heat and although I thought the abundance of pockets might be a bit much I find that I'm using most of them on longer days when I need to carry a bit more. Now I'm out to break some trail!

5 5

Evolution of an amazing ski mountaineering/touring pant

If you want light, fast and performance, then these might be one of the best ski touring pants in the world. Great vents, awesome marriage of fabrics, super cool functionality, durable. I love these pants. They fit under a harness great and can double as a summer alpine pant too.