My buddy (who I damn near live with) picked these pants up in late November when we were on a winter camping trip in Northern Minnesota.
Honestly, I thought he was an idiot for dropping $150 on a pair of pants, but he was so happy! He wouldn't shut up about them.
I thought they were goofy looking and the "some assembly required" with adding the wax and melting it to a $150 pair of pants gave me plenty of ammo to make fun of my buddy anytime he started to boast about his new purchase.
Fast forward to last weekend (3/31/2017). We were in Southern Minnesota Fly Fishing the driftless area. It was pouring rain all weekend and to top it off, this same guy with these goofy pants got a slow leak in the butt of his waiters. We still fished from 9am to 8pm with his leaky waiters. At the end of the day his waiters came off, filled with water, but the goofy pants (which he was wearing underneath) were dry! The parts of the goofy pants that were wet, dried almost immediately!
***Needless to say, my goofy pants just arrived last night! I am sold.***
So now for the review:
Apparently people are having an issue with the sizing. Go to the Fjallraven website. They have a size calculator for their pants. Type in your height/weight/pants you like/cut you like. They'll give you your size, then you come back here to backcountry.com and get your free 2 day shipping, brah!
I will say that I am 5'11'' and the regular length fit me perfect. If I was an inch taller I would go with the long cut.
NO BACK POCKETS YOU SAY!!!??? You shouldn't keep things in your back pockets anyways. It's bad for your back.
The gaiter straps at the bottom are really nice for snowy or wet conditions, the pockets are super deep and well placed, the material is lite/breathable/moisture wicking/water repellent (I sound like my friend).
Read the reviews about the wax and apply liberally in the winter/ wash out in the Summer.
I am very happy with the purchase of my goofy pants and I look forward to putting them through the wringer!
(did you read all this?)