Arc'teryx Theta LT Pant
Fabric: Gore-tex XCR
Price Paid: $375
Excellent pants which are light, durable and provide very good protection.
They have an internal gaitor with an instep chord which works with climbing boots and allows one to dispense with seperate gaitors. The outer pant cuffs have a internal toggle adjusted shock chord which serves to provide an nice seal over AT or Tele ski boots thereby eliminating the need for separate gaitors when skiing.
The side zippers are quite effectively waterproof and secure at the cuff end with a stout snap while finishing nicely at the top side with a garage. There is also a generous patch of some extremely tough fabric on the cuffs inside ankle which quite effectively refuses the occasional wayward crampon or ski edge. There is only one small zippered pocket on the thigh which is just enough for keys or snacks and there is a zippered fly which can open the whole front of the bib for ventilation and easily addressing the demands of nature.
The pants are also quite comfortable and allow for considerable range of movement by the articulated gathering of fabric at the knees. This comfort is experienced in the bib area of the pants where there is elastic only around the waist but with nothing near the suspenders. The pants then open up freely at the top so there is no binding at the chest. This provides enhanced comfort for the actively twisting upper body that occurs when skiing or climbing.
The suspenders are very simple and nicely arranged so that the persistent annoyance of creeping shoulder and sagging butt personally experienced with other bibs is almost non existent here. The suspenders are integrated into the bib so that pants are higher in the back and lower in the front. This basically puts material where it is needed most for protection from that occasional nose dive while skiing. It also helps to improve on ventilation when things get too warm and it serves to make the pants as light as possible. To this end these pants actually tip the scales at less than 1.4 lbs. Quite impressive considering all the protection they provide.
Of course, like all things Arc'teryx, they are not cheap. But, as I have found with the few other "A-bird" items I have managed to afford, once the price plunge and spouse explanations are complete, the pleasure of good design and persistently durable function always seem to make the investment very easily worthwhile.
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The Arc'teryx Theta LT Pants are built for fast-paced alpine tours and year-round mountain use. Full coverage and lightweight construction combine to keep the snow where it belongs: under your skis. Like all Arc'teryx products, the Theta LT is sewn with a high-stitch count and backed with Tiny Gore tape to get rid of bulky seams and excess weight. These pants' WaterTight zippers further decrease weight and increase functionality. Arc'teryx was the first company to go flap free and still be guaranteed by Gore-Tex to keep you dry. This bib-style mountain pant has powder cuffs to keep the snow out of your boots and lengthy side zips that won't interfere if you are wearing a climbing harness or back pack. The high wear areas have been reinforced, so the lifespan of these pants should be long and filled with high altitude fun. *Available for US shipment only.
- Backcountry Outlet refers to the men's version
When the mountains are your passion, the high-waisted Arcteryx Theta LT Pant for men is designed to meet every versatile and discerning need during your next big adventure. This mountain pant features a watertight side zip that fully opens just short of the elastic waist band to provide optimum venting, while a through-the-crotch zip gives cold weather convenience. Designed in waterproof breathable three-layer GORE-TEX XCR that is reinforced in the seat and knees, durable Schoeller Keprotec protects the instep from crampon nicks on a water-ice climb, or ski cuts during a dawn to dusk backcountry descent. As you prepare for your next move, a quick adjusting cuff shock cord and laminated powder cuff seal up against impending spindrift. Molded Zipper Garages, and a hip stash pocket keep things tucked away, while a quick adjusting suspender keeps the Theta LT Pant CZ just where you want them.
- Altrec Outdoors refers to the men's version
On Sale. Free Shipping. Arcteryx Men's Theta LT Pant (Spring 2007) The Men's Theta LT Pant by Arcteryx is a versatile high-waisted mountain pant for demanding enthusiasts. Featuring laminated powder cuffs and exposed side zips, this pant is your four season alpine pant.Features: Adjustable cuff shock cords Elasticized waist Keprotec instep patches Low cut bib with front fly Laminated powder cuffs Moulded Zipper Garages One hip stash pocket Optional WaterTight through-the-crotch zip Quick adjust suspenders Reinforced knee and seat Side zips stop short of harness/hipbelt area WaterTight leg and front fly zips Fabric: 420NR 3 layer GORE-TEX XCR 530N 3 layer GORE-TEX XCR Schoeller Keprotec Weight: 643 grams / 22.7 ounces (M)
- Moosejaw refers to the men's version
Description of Arcteryx Theta LT Pant RegularA versatile high-waisted Arcteryx mountain pant, the Theta LT is ideal for demanding enthusiasts. Kerprotec instep patches in this Arcteryx technical shell protect your cuffs from boot and edge wear and tear, while reinforced knees and seat in the Theta LT pant enhance durability. Featuring powder cuffs and exposed side zips, the all mountain Theta LT is your optimal four season alpine pant. Make your way through the backcountry with the Theta LT pant's superior protection. Features:Breathable and quick drying Adjustable cuff shock cordsElasticized waistKeprotec™ instep patchesOne hip stash pocketLaminated powder cuffsLow cut bib with front flyMoulded Zipper Garages™Optional through-the-crotch zipQuick adjust suspendersSide zips are free of flaps/stop short of harness/hipbelt areaWaterTight™ 3/4 leg, front fly and through-the-crotch zipsReinforced knee and seat
- US Outdoor Store refers to the men's version