Reviews

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Overall these pants do what I want them to do—if…

Rating: rated 3 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $70

Summary

Overall these pants do what I want them to do—if you see them on sale go for it, otherwise they are little pricey. I'm happy with them, but there are a few issues that might be solved by other brands.

Pros

  • You'll stay dry
  • Warm
  • Durable material
  • Full range of motion
  • Comfortable

Cons

  • Ankle cinch cord reliably breaks
  • Heavy (compared to rainskirt, more pricey competitors)


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Fit & Comfort: No complaints in the comfort department. As a slightly tall person (5'9") size medium is a great length for tucking and letting water run off at the base of your shoe/boot. The waist band is comfortable and easily cinched to your size, and as these pants are good for layering the crotch is roomy, allowing you to pull them up to your natural waist without unpleasant pulling at the groin. They don't fall down at all when hiking, backpacking, or biking. The materials is waterproof, so your steps will definitely make noise :)  

Adjustability: The ankle cinch option is awesome—until it breaks (and it breaks reliably—on my pants, as well as the pants of three friends). I knotted mine so they are cinched (loosely) all the time, others cut the string, removing the cinch option completely. I do not want to lose the cinch option. It's a shame the cord isn't attached in a more durable way, because it is a great and necessary feature if you're going to be in serious weather over longer periods of time.   

Cinch Cord Issues:
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Water Resistance: Really great—I've use these pants in huge thunderstorms, hail storms, and snowfall and I have never had issues with water penetrating them, unless there was user error in my setup (not zipping the ankle etc.)

Breathability: Not too bad considering the pants are waterproof. If you're in a heavy storm and your pockets are zipped and your ankles and waist are cinched/tucked you won't get much ventilation. If the pockets are unzipped and you're not totally sealed up for a heavy storm the ventilation is actually pretty good. The pants are loose enough that air can flow in at the ankle, through the mesh hip pockets and even at the waist depending on how you fit your pants. 

The mesh pockets help a lot:


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Moisture: They sure don't wick sweat away from your skin. 

Warmth: Yep. Depending on the season it is great that these pants add heat. In a hot summer storm I would just not wear them. When you're really moving they trap a lot of warmth, so if it's not cold to begin with you might be way, way too warm. Plus it's good to let the rain wash your legs every once in a while. 

Layering: These are great for layering, lost of room for base layers and you can tuck shirts, jackets, gaiters, socks, whatever you want!

Construction, Durability & Conditions: I have had these pants for three years, and I used them on my six-month thru hike of the PCT. Outside of the ankle cinch cord, these pants hold up great. I am happy with them, but I might look at other options next time. I would buy them again at a reduced price. 


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Alicia TRAILSPACE STAFF

Great review, Christine!


2 months ago
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Great waterproof rain pants! Lightweight and durable.

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $69

Summary

Great waterproof rain pants! Lightweight and durable. Zippers and snaps on legs and an elastic drawstring at the ankles make this the best rain pant out there!

Pros

  • Waterproof
  • Lightweight
  • Zippers
  • Drawstring/elastic waist
  • Drawstring/elastic bottoms
  • Knee high side leg zippers
  • Snaps at ankles

Cons

  • None

I bought these last year to actually wear with a base layer and hiking pant to make a good snow pant and it worked great! The weather and activity on the mountain can change quickly so instead of snow pants I thought layering was the key, and I was right!

I never even wore my Mammut snow pants that cost me a fortune this year. I just wore layers with the rain pants on top. When I got off the snow I took the Precip Pants off with no need to use a dressing room because my hiking pants were underneath.

These pants are lightweight and do the job. No need for anything else. I have heard that the rainstorms come on pretty quickly in the High Sierras, so I will be including these pants with my gear for the JMT. I'm sure they will come in handy out there. 

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Noisy... nothing like a too stiff pant that makes…

Rating: rated 2.5 of 5 stars

Summary

Noisy... nothing like a too stiff pant that makes voice no matter what you do or your size. Can not stand on the trail, no way could you use for hunting. I only keep mine because I like to get out of the vehicle and sit even in the rain or snow... would NEVER BUY AGAIN

Pros

  • waterproof

Cons

  • noisy
  • stiff feel
  • runs short, even shorter than described

I am just gonna say "NO!"

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