ytpconquerwrote a review of Mountain Hardwear Synchro Softshell Pant - Men's on February 13, 2010
I was very pleasantly surprised with these pants. I took them on a 34 day NOLS Patagonia mountaineering course as my primary trekking pant. I brought along a pair of Marmot Precip rain pants to wear over them in case it started raining really hard, but I never even had to take them out. It ended up raining or snowing 29 of the 34 days I was in the field, and I remained dry throughout. The waterproof side zippers worked great, and the conduit material kept all water out even though they were softshells. I never expected these to be completely waterproof, but they functioned equally well as rain pants ans they did climbing pants. They were also extremely durable, holding up to bushwhacking, rock scrambling, and falling on ice. I did split the crotch seam somehow, but it was easily sewed back up.
For the price these pants are awesome: waterproof, durable, and comfortable.