Let me start this saying at the time I'm the only independent review currently for these sweatpants. I have hiked, jogged, lifted and just about everything else in these so far so I feel confident now giving an accurate review. I wish backcountry had a cheaper lounge version because they know how to do warmth, comfort and convenience.
IMPORTANT, the retention system for the waist is the best that I have seen on any sweatpants and I think it should be industry standard. Honestly, its pretty good.
Pros- The other reviews were right, the pockets are amazing and deep and these sweatpants are very very comfortable and warm when running outside. The zippers are very nice and convenient, especially having a butt pocket for guys that don't like to keep their wallet anywhere else and worry about it slipping out in normal sweats. I can easily run outside in these in 30 degree weather without an under layer or thermals on. These are pretty resistant to stains as I have had dirt and hot wing sauce on them and both came out just fine and I have fallen in these SEVERAL times and they haven't torn or shown wear yet either. They are breathable yet warm enough for long runs and the fit is perfect for people with runners or bikers legs, they have ample room for us people with larger legs but not so much room that they are baggy.
Cons- They aren't tighter around the ankles like other joggers would be for a tighter fit and I have mixed reviews on that part as it allows you to fit larger and thicker socks underneath but it's also a bit looser than you would need for that. Also, I wish the zippers were opposite the way they were as in they close when you zip them down and open them when you sip up as this would make it more convenient when jogging and climbing as it makes it slightly easier in my opinion. Also you might be thinking these are a little nit picky however for $80-100 I get to be since this is some serious cash for these pants.
Vs the competition- Other competitors have zippers, comfort, warmth and every other feature that this has HOWEVER none of them have it all in one pant like this that gives this the edge.
Comfort- 8/10 Pretty comfortable, but not THE MOST comfortable sweatpants I have ever worn
Cost- 7.5/10 this is my biggest gripe as its hard to justify these as $80 sweats, let alone $100. I get it and I have been the biggest advocator of you get what you pay for however this is less cost effective than some other sweatpants.
Practicality- 10/10 Between the zippers, flexibility, warmth and comfort these are great for any activity you throw at them.
Durability- 10/10 I gave it a 10 because I've tested these to some degree with trips, falls and stains but the biggest reason I gave these a 10 is because I know that if anything goes wrong with these and its a quality or durability problem Backcountry is 100% willing to put their money where their mouth is and the customer service backs this up.
Value- 8/10 Its hard to recommend these at $100 but slightly easier at 80 which would undercut many others in this space on price to performance and features.
Conclusion- If you are going to use these strictly as lounge pants and the occasional trip to the store it's hard to recommend these for that demographic. You can find other comfortable sweatpants with zippers even tho they won't be this quality level you aren't using what makes these expensive and great sweatpants. However, if you are active and plan to actually USE these as athletic sweatpants I think these are one of if not the best on the market for $80 and arguably for $100. Will be getting more of these if they stay at $80.
Quick/Final words- If you are athletic or outdoors/mobile a lot these are a buy however if you are looking for lounge pants let me point you to these -https://www.backcountry.com/under-armour-armour-fleece-jogger-pant-mens?skid=UND02FZ-STELTHEA-L&ti=UExQIENhdDpNZW4ncyBTd2VhdHBhbnRzOjI6NTpiYy1tZW5zLXN3ZWF0cGFudHM=