Montane Featherlite Pants
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $69
Light-as-air fabric magically protects your legs from cold wind and light rain! Wonderful for hiking in the cold and damp when the wind kicks up. From now on, I won't hike without them.
- Extremely light and compact
- Velcro tabs at bottom of legs allow for customizable fit over boots/socks
- Fabric blocks wind admirably, and keeps one surprisingly warm
- Fabric, while water-resistant, is not waterproof
- DWR coating needs to be re-applied every so often
- While I didn't tear them yet, fabric is very, very thin
The Montane Featherlite Pants are my new favorite thing in the world. I went hiking in the Adirondacks this past weekend, and the weather was sloppy and damp, chilly (about 33 degrees), and windy. The first day, I wore my typical synthetic, warmish tights, and had a very cold posterior most of the day.
The second day, we decided to do a little mountain climbing. I pulled out these pants, which I normally keep buried in the pack for emergency use — well - they are no longer for emergency use only — they were fantastic! I wore them layered over my tights, and they magically blocked the wind. My legs and keester were nice and comfy.
Not only that, they breathed beautifully. I was not at all sweaty or clammy. Basically, at the summit, at about 20 degrees and windy, I was comfortable in my merino baselayer and Houdini on top, and tights and Featherlite pants on the bottom. How cool is that!
The fit deserves special mention. Upon first glance, they resemble the typical black plasticky rain pant type things, but upon further inspection, one notices the beautifully designed articulated knees. They did not bind or bunch when climbing. The waist is drawstring with a lock. The lower legs are very well designed - they unzip, which enables one to pull them on without removing boots. Once on and zipped, three sets of velcro tabs allow one to fit the lower legs exactly to the correct comfort and functionality.
The only drawbacks I could foresee is that I wasn't able to determine how long they would hold up to precipitation, not that that's their function, but it's handy info to know. That, and the website indicates that one needs to renew the DWR surface periodically, which seems like a pain, but is cheaper than buying a new pair of pants every three months. They are also apparently washable, which is nice.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
The Montane Men's Featherlite Pant provides lightweight protection when Mother Nature tries to rain on your parade. This 4oz (yes, you read right), windproof pant packs down to the size of an apple in the included stuff sac when skies are clear. Montane's Enhanced Breathing Panel (E.B.P) in the lumbar region provides increased breathability in a usually high-moisture area. Articulated knees and ankle zips give you more freedom of movement when you hike, bike, and run. The Featherlite's reflective elements help keep you visible when it gets dark.
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version
Free Shipping. Montane Men's Featherlite Pant DECENT FEATURES of the Montane Men's Featherlite Pant Pertex Micro light outer that is windproof, fast drying and features a remarkable durable water repellent finish French seams throughout for extra strength, quality and weather resistance Articulated knees for step high movement, perfect for mountain use Elasticated waist with adjustable, lockable drawcord 1/4 length YKK side zips for ventilation and the ability to pull over trail footwear Velcro calf tabs which reduce volume around calves minimizing noise, wind resistance and abrasion Montane enhanced breathing panels in lumbar 360deg 'Dusk Till Dawn' reflective trim Montane stuff sac perfect for storage on the move The SPECS of the Montane Men's Featherlite Pant Weight: (L): 4.2 oz / 120 g Activities: Mountain Walking / Climbing / Trail Running / Biking Active Mountain Fit Fabric: Pertex Micro light Mini Rip-stop, Peaq Air This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.
- Moosejaw refers to the men's version
The original super packable lightweight windproof pants. Essential legwear for mountain run, climb and bike. Used and abused by athletes in mountain environments for many years, the Featherlite Pant is the authentic originator to gossamer light legwear protection. Using high quality Pertex Microlight that is both windproof and incredibly fast drying. Designed to feature leg articulation for high step physical movement, hook and loop calf adjustment for improved fit whilst moving fast and 360 reflectivity ensuring visibility on long night endurance endeavors.
- CampSaver.com refers to the men's version