For months I've been on a quest for an alpine climbing pant. It felt like I had tried on every pant under the sun when finally I came across these. The moment I put them on I was taken with the comfort and fit. They allow full range of motion while maintaining a close cut.
I have only worn them on one trip so far, so this review is mostly just first impressions. But after just fourteen miles, including both snow post-holing and warm sun, I am blow away by these pants versatility.
It's a mid-weight soft-shell; thick enough for brisk mornings but breathable enough for when you're generating heat on the approach or climb. The textile is stretchy and soft but seemingly robust. After a couple hours of slushy snow, the DWR kept me dry. The side pockets are all zippered, crucial for when you're on a climb or approach and don't want anything falling out. Pockets are also positioned well for wearing a harness but still having access.
The hook on the front seemed to keep the pant legs positioned nicely under my gaiters. The bottom of the pant legs also have a zippered gusset for going over your boots.
Again, what I love most about these pants is the complete range of motion they allow, from squat to high-foot. I'm 6', 156 lbs and the fit for me is simply outstanding. I wish I could have ordered these from Backcountry, as they are less expensive then the local shop I bought them from.
If you're looking for a good alpine pant for early to mid-season attacks, definitely check these out. My one gripe? Made in China. I like to support brands that bring a little more manufacturing closer to home but I simply couldn't find a pant that fit as good as these.
While I can't speak to the longevity of these pants yet, if my other three pairs of Kuhl pants are an indicator, these will take years of abuse.