Had them a year & I'm not the tageted consumer
By jon2523700 May 31, 2012
You ever want 1 pair of pants for a few days of living outside, when you're gonna sweat, it might rain or snow a bit, the temp will drop into the 20s or 30s at night? That's me. I also have a couple pair of sweats I hang out in all the time so soft pants with functional pockets are my comfort zone, but anything 100% cotton doesn't work for long outside. Together, that leads to me biting when I saw these on SAC last year.
Since then I've hiked a lot of miles and and hung around a lot of campsites in these and they are awesome for that. They are warm but not too hot. I find them comfortable for activity up to about 55-60 degrees and they're a good mosquito shield around camp on warmer evenings. They wick and dry quickly when you sweat. The zip side pocket securely keeps my wallet and phone out of the way. The back pockets (both sides) have zippers and are DEEP so whatever you put in there isn't pressed against your ass. The front packets are deep too. As some people have complained about, they don't zip and are mesh. I can see that being a problem skiing, but if you're not in waist deep powder or laying down (falling) in snow it provides a bit of venting. I almost always have stuff in them and I've never lost anything. They have a "5th Pocket" like a pair of jeans which is deep enough and tight enough to securely keep a knife. They also have wide, strong belt loops.
Ok, my sweats don't have the scuff guards for the swishy sound if they brush together while walking. On occasion its good for remembering the early 90s, when swishies replaced the old, old school sweats (you know, the ones we wore running shorts over, haha) Those patches were my only problem with these pants at first but that part (along with the entire pant) has gotten softer with a lot of use. They kinda give a techy gear look but so what. I imagine this feature will extend the life of the pants plus it prevents mud/wetness from soaking through to your socks. These pants don't have eyelets to work as gaiters, but the bottom cuffs have a sticky rubber around the inside and I've found it helps them stay down and prevent most of the Cascade scree from getting into my boots.
As mentioned I'm not a skier, but these pants are versatile. I do board and as you picked up on, I'm too old for skinny jeans (thank god) so I can't ride in these but they would fit over my board boots if I wanted them to.
I'm 6'5", 210 and I need a belt to keep my XLs up and the length is perfect. They don't bunch up in the waist and I wouldn't want to go smaller and have to give up any leg room.
I realize this was long, but also covered all of the features.
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