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The waterproof breathable North Face Makalu Insulated Pant turns crappy cold, wet ski days into the best days of the season. The North Face HyVent fabric keeps you warm and dry while letting water vapor escape to avoid clamminess, and PrimaLoft One insulation keeps the warmth where you need it; inside the pant.

  • HyVent waterproof breathable fabric with mechanical stretch for protection without restriction of movement
  • StretchVent gaiters with elastic grippers keep snow out
  • Full side-zip venting system allows you to dump heat
  • Super-tough Keprotec edge guards help your pants last for years
  • The North Face Summit Series
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These pants rock!

  • Fit:True to size

These pants were great for me on Denali. I only wore the on summit day with a middle weight long underwear underneath and I was toasty the whole 12+ hour day even while we weren't moving. Temps were around -10 with wind chills around -20.

These pants rock!

Poor Quality

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

Had it for about a month and the strap where it attaches to the pant..tore apart...rendering the suspender useless..Had to return..Love the insulated pant but not the suspender. Wish they made the same pant w/o the suspender .

Best of both worlds

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Settled on the Makalu because it offers both the waterproof protection of a good winter pant, but also insulation for the big winter hikes and wind chills. It's also nicely form-fitting, a welcome departure from hiking a peak in the winter wearing baggy ski pants. Elastic straps help keep everything in place, and throw on a pair of gaiters and you've got an extremely dry base to work from. Love these pants, they are worth the money.

While hiking in the Adirondacks this winter i was out in -20 temps with -40 wind chills. My legs weren't exactly toasty but they weren't cold either. Short of down pants, I think these do a very nice job as long as you wear a good base layer underneath. I, too, usually have warm legs so that's why I didn't go the down pant route.