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Denim jeans might cut when you're traipsing around the street, but reach for the Stoic Men's Microlith Softshell when you head into the mountains. Highly breathable and highly water-resistant, these threads provide lightweight protection from the elements whether you're climbing the Tetons in September, skate-skiing in April, or backpacking in June. Articulated knees and stretch fabric let you maneuver easily. Just slip a snack or car key in the welded-on thigh pocket and head for the hills in this simple, supremely-versatile pant.

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3 5

Cheap product does the job

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

Material had a good finish initially, but began to pill after couple of washes. It's good for cold/windy weather, but I would not use them as a waterproof solution. They are nice and stretchy so excellent for climbing. The single pocket is a bit of a bummer as you can't store much and the pocket is really small. Part of my climbing gear now, but if I would not buy them again.

2 5

Quickly deteriorated

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

Material was great initially: fantastic for cool-weather outdoor activities, quite warm and repelling rain/snow effectively. Started to pill after a couple washes (in fact if you google "softshell pant pill" the first thing that comes up is this pant). Never really loved having a single pocket, then pocket started delaminated. Returned them.

2 5

Cheap product

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

The material is comfortable and stretchy, and appears to maintain decent water repellant characteristics out of the box. I used these on a 10 day Alaska hunting trip and was disappointed. The material almost immediately started to pill and fuzz without even taking them into any brush at all. I wore them under a gore-tex shell most of the time while in brush. The lack of quality on the pocket is apparent. It seems as if the designer wanted to give you that arcteryx-look with a welded pocket, but they miss the mark.

Bottom-line: if you want to look "outdoorsy" on a budget when you're hanging around Boulder, go right ahead, these pants will probably still pill. If you want a quality product to actually do something in, these pants are over-priced and under-performing at $40. I'm disappointed Backcountry.com.

4 5

Awesome pants, but not a lot of storage.

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

I really like these pants, they are super light weight, have a good stretch to them, and are really comfy. The only qualm I have with them is there is only one pocket on them. Other than that they are perfect.

3 5

Mixed feelings

  • Fit: True to size

These pants are very comfortable. I am 6ft 3" and they fit great!
My only concern with these pants is, why do they only have one pocket. At lease the one pocket is positioned on the right thigh.

4 5

Nice pair of pants

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I ordered it as it was on sale. I did not keep it in the end, but it fit me well.
I am 6'1" and 174lb I bought the Large size. It fitted perfectly and I like the design. I did not like the fact that there are no real pockets. I did like the material, which seems to be water repelling as well as breathable. the material stretches nicely and I can see this as a perfect pair of pants for cooler spring and fall hikes. I think it would be way too hot for summer use in the sierras. I returned it because I don't like the khaki/brown color and the lack of pockets.

4 5

Feel nice

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are stretchy, comfy, and they look good. Only just got them, so I can't speak for durability yet.

--Update--
Yes it does ball up like cheap 90's fabric, but I stay on top of ripping those little suckers off, and its actually been a way good pair of climbing pants. Breathes way better than I thought it would. It also stretches nice when I climb.

2 5

Cheap material?

After wearing in the car for about 5 hours these pants were pilling like crazy in the crotch. Is this a cheap material or do people just not care? I can see this happening after a year or so of decent use, but on the first day? No way can I recommend these. I've been really happy with Stoic products until this. What a disappointment

Responded on

Exactly. Mine did the same. Plus, when I washed them the first time the pocket delaminated right off the pants!

4 5

Good All- Around Pant

Got these for Christmas and so far I've mainly just used them at my indoor rock gym and for lounging around but i've been pretty pleased. They have great stretch and seem pretty durable. Pretty good breathability. Issues- piling on seat and knees and the pocket. I have gotten used to the pocket, but the problem is in the design- it lies right where my leg loops in my harness are which gets anoying- if stoic works on the design these would be 5 star pants

Would a large fit me when I'm 6'2 tall and...

Would a large fit me when I'm 6'2 tall and waist about 32-34"?

Responded on

I'm 6'1" 34x34 and wear a large so i think a large would work for you as well.

4 5

Used mainly as Nordic pants.

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

A little thin at cold temperatures but work well on the nordic track. Fit is great and the stretch fabric allow for easy V2 skating or Double pole/kick classic skiing.

5 5

Tough & Light

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

They work! Stretch, breathe, stand up to abuse well.

4 5

Go-To Pants

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

I absolutely love these pants. They are my go-to pant for so many activities. I've used them on cold winter runs, climbing, back country touring/skiing, lounging around the house. Unless it's a super cold morning, I've found that these offer enough protection from the elements to keep me warm on dawn patrol ski tours. They're light weight, very flexible, and they repel water. And they have enough cuff stretch to fit over a ski boot. If I was to be sitting around in the snow for a long time I imagine they'd get uncomfortable.

My only real complaint is they tend to get fuzzy spots (pill up) easier than I would expect. But for a pant that I typically abuse, I'm not worried.

2 5

Pocket detached after a few months

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

I've been looking for a pair of softshell pants for winter climbing and these were just what I was looking for. I didn't want to break the bank trying out my first pair of softshell pants so getting them on sale was perfect. They pill easily as others have said, mainly from my harness I think. Not sure how much pilling would occur if you were just wearing them as casual/travel pants. I'm very tall, my inseam runs anywhere from 34" - 36". The large is just long enough not to look silly, at least as climbing pants. I probably wouldn't wear these around town since they are just a tad too short for that.

Edit: After wearing these for a few months, the pocket started to fall apart and became useless. It looks like the pocket was actually glued onto the shell, not sewn. This along with the excessive pilling (I have the "Dune" colored pants and the pilling really shows) is forcing me to return them. Nice pants but it appears they have quality control issues.

I wore these exclusively as outdoor climbing pants for the winter, 1-2 times per week. I'm guessing my harness leg loop must have rubbed against the pocket to cause it to detach. These are probably just fine as hiking/travel pants, but the quality is not up to snuff for climbing.

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How much do these pants weigh?

How much do these pants weigh?

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are these ever going to be restocked in...

are these ever going to be restocked in orange/auburn small?

4 5

nice pants

  • Gender: Female

These are good pants. Used on one long camping/climbing trip to southern utah. really comfortable, and held up well to lots of scraping on the sandstone. They also provide a lot more stretch for movement than I expected.

Responded on

Fit well, but I do tend to fit into mens pants in general. I am more longer legged and smaller hipped than most I think.