meatowrote a review of Patagonia Stretch Element Pant - Men's on February 1, 2008
tough, bombproof pants. the material isn't as stretchy as I expected, but definitely not comparable to a super-stiff gore=tex pro shell. The fabric feels supple, stretches enough to give in on difficult moves. as for the small fit, these are fit technically, that is to say, very slim. if you are look for a roomy ski pant, look elsewhere or size up. I usually wear a 32 in Patagonia, and a 34 in many other brands, and I think my waist must be 33. My legs are soccer-made (read: thick), and the size 32 of this pant fits very slim, but enough to comfortably have a thick base layer (wool 4 pant) underneath. For warmer, wetter days, the next to skin feel of the fabric is great. nice gaiters. pockets are limited, if you need lots of pockets, other pants are better (this only has one zip pocket on the right hip). Bomb-bay zipper is unusual, I am not sure what this is for. Are you supposed to unzip it from bellybutton to top of butt crack in order to heed nature's call No. 2? If so, that is definitely silly, and I can't imagine using it that way. Anyone else have any insight?