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Clark J.

Clark J.

Clark J.

Clark J.wrote a review of on February 28, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I have been on the market for softshell pants that rival my wife's ISIS sofshells crafted with Schoeller fabric bonded to fleece, with Keprotec and Cordura cuffs. They are comfortable in a broad range of temperatures, stretchy, durable and breathable, and apparently don't exist for men. These pants don't even come close. They are very lightweight, so lightweight, I was going to return them as they felt cheap. However, I decided to give them a try based on the reviews, and wore them with a mid-weight base layer and gaitors on a 9 mile summit of Saddleback and The Horn, and am amazed at the breathability and the flexibility of the fabric. No need for venting despite a strenuous climb. And they are windproof and very water resistant. We encountered very deep, though dry snow, and these pants kept me dry all day. I also used them for skiing at Sugarloaf on several warm days, again, with mid-weight base layer, and they were very comfortable, even on the lift and at the summit.

They are a trim fit, and the cuffs are slender, but they move so well, I liked the trim fit, especially when we were bushwhacking. I don't think they will resist a lot of moisture (wet snow, or more than a brief shower), but they breath so well, are so wind resistant, and dry quickly, they really are a pretty versatile pant. And because they are so light, they roll up and pack small. So they've redeemed themselves.

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Clark J.

Clark J.wrote a review of on February 28, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: 32 x 32

I ordered these pants as soft shells for alpine hiking. They are cut and outfitted more like a pair of jeans, with open cuffs, no zippers/internal gaitors. I've worn them for a couple of snow shoes in moderately cold conditions (20 - 30 F) with gaitors, and they are both wind and water resistant, and have plenty of give in the fabric. I also had a bartender dump a 16oz beer on my lap. The beer rolled right off the surface, and after a rinse in the shower that night, they dried quickly and were good to go for the following day. I wouldn't select these pants for serious alpine adventures, but they are a very comfortable, breathable soft-shell that will likely perform well for moderate hikes/scrambles in cool conditions. I'm 5' 11' and 165 lbs, and originally ordered a 31x32 based on the description, but ended up with 32x32, as they were better fitting at the waist, and I generally wear a belt.

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