User Review: Eddie Bauer Men's First Ascent Mountain Guide Lite Pants
Price Paid: $44 (end of season clearance)
As a part of a gear refresh, I've been looking for the right softshell pant. I tried pants from Rab, First Ascent, Mammut, Patagonia, and Arc'teryx. Ended up selecting the Mountain Guide Lite for a mid-weight pant and the Arc'teryx Gamma LT pant for a lightweight pant. I recently acquired a pair of the First Ascent Mountain Guide Lite pant and have been pleased so far. I've used them hiking, curling, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
Fit is very good- snug, but definitely not too tight. No difficulties in adding a base layer or two under them. True to size and true to length- I'm 5'10", 30" inseam and the regular length fit fine- shouldn't be a problem for folks who usually wear a 32" inseam.
They've held up to snow well, haven't been in the rain with them. They wouldn't be my first choice in the rain, but nor would any other softshell pant.
The good parts:
- Build quality and fit
- Pocket zippers zip/unzip effortlessly
What I'd change:
- Chamois fleece lining waist band seems like it'll pill soon
- Attach belt like Arc'teryx Gamma LT -or- add optional belt loops for a regular belt
- Bring ankle snaps in a bit so that a tighter fit can be achieved