505 g / 1 lb 1.8 oz
The Arc'teryx LEAF Alpha LT Pants are top-of-the-line…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $500
The Arc'teryx LEAF Alpha LT Pants are top-of-the-line hardshell pants with well-thought-out features and unbeatable performance. Primarily designed for the military/law enforcement tactical community, the Alpha LT takes what was best about the Arc'teryx light hardshell line and improved on it. This hardshell is extremely lightweight, packable, and durable making it well-suited for the backpacking community.
- Streamlined design cuts down on bulk
- Extreme waterproof properties
- Easy-access pockets with waterproof pockets
- Very expensive
The LEAF Alpha LT Pants are of unmatched quality when compared to other commercial or military-grade hardshells available. The fit is true to size and unlike the commercial version, the LEAF pants have a contoured cut that holds closer to the body, which reduces bulk and allows for better wear during hiking and climbing situations.
The pants can be adjusted at just about every point possible with elastic drawstrings at the waist and zippers at the bottom of the legs that allow for donning without having to remove footwear. The Gore-Tex Pro 3-layer design allows for greater waterproofing than typical of commercial 2-layer pants and prevents saturation that can be typical in backpacking scenarios.
Being a set of hardshell pants, they don't have built-in insulation features however, as part of the Arc'teryx system, they are designed to be layered with many of the company's other offerings to include those with insulation properties.
This is not to say however that these pants are anything other than great at cutting down on wind. The 3-layer Gore-Tex is also great at holding up against abrasions. The Alpha LT comes with two hip pockets for easy access to items, and each is protected by well-engineered zippers and membranes that seal contents against the weather.
I have used these pants and matching hardshell jacket both in military and civilian situations with nothing but great results. Most recently, I used both items daily during a week-long snowboarding trip with no issues. It is lightweight, packs out easily, and considered one of my "must-haves" for even the most basic of excursions.