The best go-anywhere, do pretty much anything softshell…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: US $100
The best go-anywhere, do pretty much anything softshell pants — totally dependable and sturdy.
I bought these initially for a mountaineering trip to NZ and they have proved to be the most valuable part of my autumn/winter wardrobe. Suited to almost any cool/cold climate activity, they have skied, snow-shoed, climbed, cycled, and kept me warm and cosy through howling gales and miles and miles of backcountry travel.
A totally bombproof and very comfortable pair of pants — and even after all their travels they still look new!
- Shower and wind proof
- Warm, stretchy and comfortable abrasion resistant material
- Sturdy and breathable but not heavy
- Two deep zippered pockets on hip and third flat pocket on thigh
- Flat, drawstring waistband works well under pack
- Slim fitting, not tight but don't snag or sag
- Great for autumn and winter
- Haven't found one yet!
Made of a soft, yet sturdy, material these are minimalist pants that can pretty be taken anywhere in the cooler/cold months.
True to size, I'm generally a size 4US (UK10) for pants with long legs (34in) — these are perfect. They are a long slim fit, but because of their simplicity there are no spots that rub or sag.
They're pretty weather resistant and breathable—standing up well to any endurance activity in the snow or cold and reasonably good in rain. Obviously in serious downpours you need some waterproofs over the top, but they are slim enough to fit comfortably under these. Saying that, I have often not bothered and kept going as they dry pretty quickly as it is.
They have two good-sized zippered hip pockets and a flat pocket on the thigh. The elasticated waistband has a with drawstring and it fits comfortably under a harness.
If you're only going to buy one pair of winter soft shells — go for these. They're bombproof, can't be beaten, and of course they're ethically made by Patagonia.
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