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Craig Copeland

Craig Copeland

Canadian Rockies, West Kootenay, North Cascades, Utah Canyon Country, French Alps, Spanish Coastal Ranges

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Kathy's Passions

Camping
Backpacking
Hiking
Yoga
Road Cycling

Kathy's Bio

Along with my wife, Kathy, I'm the co-author of numerous hiking guidebooks, including "Don't Waste Your Time in the Canadian Rockies, the Opinionated Hiking Guide," "Where Locals Hike in the Canadian Rockies," "Where Locals Hike in the West Kootenay," and "Hiking from Here to WOW Utah Canyon Country."We're also the authors of "Heading Outdoors Eventually Leads Within."

Craig Copeland

Craig Copeland wrote a review of on December 5, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Baggy-butted, flappy-legged pants are apparently the style these days. I'm sick of them. They feel cumbersome, especially when adorned with absurd cargo pockets. And they look ridiculous. Every manufacturer makes them. Marmot is one of the few companies I've found that makes sleek pants for lean hikers. These pants stretch well and dry very fast. I refuse to wear hiking pants that have belt loops but no belt, because it's difficult to find the ideal belt, and even then, the belt stays up, the pants slide down and under, and your comfort is compromised. Integral belts work perfectly, and that's another feature I appreciate about the Orions. My rating: 6 stars. One extra star goes to Marmot, for bucking a wrong-headed but pervasive trend, and instead letting function guide the design process. By the way, I'm 6 ft tall, 175 lbs, with a 33-in waist, and the size-32-waist Orions fit like they were tailored for me.

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Craig Copeland

Craig Copeland wrote a review of on August 19, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Baggy-butted, flappy-legged pants are apparently the style these days. I'm sick of them. They feel cumbersome, especially when adorned with absurd cargo pockets. And they look ridiculous. Every manufacturer makes them. Eider is the only company I've found that makes sleek pants for lean hikers. I bought my first pair of Eider Singhi II pants while working in the French Alps. They instantly became the one pair I loved wearing. After returning to North America, and trying lightweight hiking pants from nearly every major manufacturer, I began hunting for Eiders and found they were available only here -- at Backcountry.com-- so I bought two more pairs. The fabric is light but seems adequately robust. The UPF 45 rating is excellent and, in my opinion, essential. The pants stretch well and dry very fast. I refuse to wear hiking pants with belt loops, because the belt never stays in place, ultimately comprising comfort. Integral belts work perfectly, and that's another feature I appreciate about the Singhi II's. I could do without the back pockets, because they're of no use when hiking, but they don't pose a problem. I like the slash, thigh pocket because it's useful and convenient. My only suggestion for improvement would be to make the hand-pocket zips close by zipping down, not up. The zipper pulls end up beneath a pack hipbelt when pulled up, so you have to leave them partially unzipped when wearing a pack. My rating: 7 stars. One extra star goes to Eider, for bucking a wrong-headed but pervasive trend, and instead letting function guide their design decisions. The other extra star goes to Backcountry.com, because they search for and stock items -- like these pants -- that are not obvious, easy choices, and that are not readily available elsewhere. Hey Backcountry, please replenish the size mediums. I'll buy more. ... By the way, I'm 6 ft tall, 175 lbs, with a 33-in waist, and the mediums fit like they were tailored for me.

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