The design of these pants are great, minimalist alpine pants. They have a trim fit but with room for a thin to med underlayer. They are very similar to the awesome gamma AR pant, but made of lighterweight fabric and minus a cargo pocket. They breathe well and have medium wind resistance. This is the second generation of the gamma lt pant in this particular pattern. The original was made from tweave durastretch light which is a slightly thicker stiffer fabric and was sewn in canada for about $60 more. This new incarnation is sewn in china and the new fabric is extremely lightweight, very stretchy, and very soft and sold for a lower price. It drapes like a fine summer wool dress pant...which is actually one of the things I do not like for hard alpine days. It is having the older version that made me appreciate how it could be better. The slightly stiffer fabric held its shape better and did not hug my legs like the new one does. On bare legs, it tends to want to stick and become uncomfortable due to the fact it drapes so easily. The old pants also held up to mountain winds better on winter hikes. Still a great pant, but I did like the older fabric better. They have two hip pockets backed with mesh that act as ventilation when open. I find that when zipped up, they sometimes get compressed under my pack belt and can be uncomfortable. I fix this by zipping it down slightly, or moving my pants down slightly. The bottom cuff is plain with no cinches or added protection. No pockets on back. Typically, I use these pants when there is snow to be had with light winds. On high wind 0F days, I break out the gamma AR's. BTW, if you don't like the belt all tucked in, you can pull it out. It will then function as a standard pull strap just like the gamma AR. This version has a reflective heat transfer logo opposed to the old embroidered one.