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don4919170 wrote a review of on March 15, 2012

5 5

I use these socks for travelling and light hiking. For travelling, they are tremendous. They take up little space and are extremely light in weight. You can hand wash them in minutes, and they line dry in minutes. For light hiking, they are very good. There is a little extra padding in impact areas. For long hikes or hikes with a backpack, I would at least go with midweight socks, or you could double up on the lightweight socks. I love the material they are made of. I wore them at 0 degree weather and 110 degree weather and the socks were always comfortable. My feet were never cold or hot. They wick moisture well. If you want to avoid wool and travel and/or hike lightly, these socks are for you.

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don4919170 wrote a review of on December 24, 2011

5 5

I had worn Ex-Oficio pants for about fifteen years and loved them. They began to get ripped and I needed new pants. First, I went to Ex-Oficio, but their new line of slacks had no lycra, just 100% nylon. So I looked at Patagonia. I found one pair of khaki slacks with lycra, with 6 pockets that fit the bill. However, that was all they had! So I looked at Arc'teryx and found the Rampart slack. It was mostly nylon with a little Lycra, leg and rear pockets had covers over them instead of zippers, and the pants snapped instead of using buttons. They are absolutely perfect and I bought two more pair. I have had them about 6 months now. They stretch, are water and wind resistant, yet cool in the sun, are very light in weight and pack tightly into a small area in my backpack. I have grown to like the upper cover over the pockets rather than the zippers because zippers cause you to lose a little width. The upper covers do not. Some people have complained that they make a "swishing sound" when you walk, but it is no louder than any other nylon pant I have worn. These are now my favorite pants. Mine run true to size. They're durable, and look brand new. I even wear them to work when I have to go in on a weekend. I wear suits during the week. My next purchase will be the long short. These are the best pants I have ever owned.

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