Eddie Bauer First Ascent Igniter Pants
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $75
Warm, easy to ventilate pants. They are made of synthetic insulation and will keep you warm even if you sweat. Full zippers make it easy to vent and put on gear even after the pants are on.
- Full leg zippers
- Very warm
- Reinforced fabric
Fit is true to size, these are comfortable pants with adjustable waist and a full zipper.
The full zipper allows you to ventilate easily if you get too hot. The zippers can also work from either end, which allows you to zip down from the waist, or up away from your boot to change footwear, add a harness easily, or add crampons.
They have reinforced areas of fabric to hold up against abrasion. Even with lots of glissading on crusty snow, they seem to be holding up well after 2 seasons of use.
Price Paid: $120
First Ascent's Primaloft insulated pants. I purchased these to use for extremely cold hiking and climbing days, and also to use around camp and minimalist sleeping in cold weather.
These pants turned out to be quite disappointing. The insulating value of the pants was OK and they worked OK for staying warm, but the insulation was definitely on the thin side.
The fit of the pants was not good. First Ascent has only one length of pant - - which I'd call pretty long - - and jumps the waist size from 32-34 in Medium to 36-38 in large. That would be OK but First Ascent does not include a feature that would allow some adjustment to the waist size or alternatively perhaps an elastic waist - - a feature found on pants in brands like Patagonia and North Face.
The legs are cut very large around as well, I would imagine First Ascent wanted to allow for a lot of gear underneath, but I think they over did it. With the fit I have - - a 35 inch waist and 30 inch inseam - - the pants were annoyingly bulky and the wast was too large (the Medium size was way too small).
Overall these did not meet my expectations and seem to be a lot less thought out than some of the other very good items in the First Ascent line (see my other reviews).
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Pull these on, along with the Peak XV or Igniter Jacket, when you don’t need a full down suit for the summit push. The pants are also perfect for staying warm when hanging out in camp. PrimaLoft One insulation keeps you warm even when wet. It packs easily. And the tough but light ripstop shell is water-resistant. Machine wash. 100% Polyester.
Slim Fit: Cut closer to the body for a great, active fit with no bunching or binding.
Here's what other sites are saying:
Eddie Bauer Igniter Insulated Pants - Perfect for staying warm at base camp or for the final summit push on cold days. These pants also excel as extra insulation for cold-weather sports like winter-camping. Two side pockets to store your gear, articulated knees for full range of motion, side zippers for easy on-and-off capability, and 100g of insulation to keep you warm.
- Eddie Bauer