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Matt U.

Matt U.

Matt U.wrote a review of on March 9, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 32 waist

I bought my first pair of Ibex pants a few years ago and beat them to death. When it came time for a new pair of softshells I thought I’d try out some other brands and see if there was anything else I preferred. After trying literally every option from every major brand (Arc’teryx Gamma LT, Arc’teryx Sigma FL, OR Cirque, Rab Torque, etc.) I confidently purchased another pair of Ibex pants.

They are freakishly comfortable, durable, and versatile. I climb and boulder in them, I’ve taken them on various mountaineering trips, skinned up and skied down mountains, Ice climbed, and hunted in them. After installing an elastic drawstring in the preexisting lower leg hem channel, they are form fitting and tapered at the ankle like joggers for climbing. When unzipped the gusseted lower leg fits over alpine ski boots. They have a ton of pockets without looking like cargo pants and show barely any wear after many crampon mistakes. The mid weight material was warm enough for high mountains yet somehow isn’t overly hot for shoulder seasons. The integrated belt is comfortable under a harness, pack, or hardshells.

I will say with 100% confidence a better pair of softshell pants do not exist.

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Matt U.

Matt U.wrote a review of on March 9, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Over the years I’ve owned a number of fleeces. (Norrona Lyngen, Patagonia R1, R2, MH Monkey Man) This one is my favorite so far. It’s a lightweight material and intended for active wear. The MH Monkey Man is comfy, but too warm and doesn’t breath well enough for active use. Patagonia Medium is too tight and the Large is baggier than I want.

I prefer no hood for a mid-layer, love the pocket layout, and the thumb holes keep my skin from being exposed when wearing it with gloves. This fleece is stretchy and form fitting. It provides the right amount of warmth and breathes well for cold weather aerobic activity, and looks good when worn for casual use.

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