REI Winter Momentum Pants
Price Paid: $90
These pants seem to have disappeared from REI's catalog, so this review may be in vain. That said, I think these are great pants and wonder why they have apparently been discontinued.
The REI Winter Momentum Pants are simple and clean, without a lot of gratuitous bells and whistles--one reason I like them so much. They are extremely comfortable and are made of a lightweight softshell material. The inside is brushed, so is very comfortable against bare skin.
I have run in them, snowshoed in them, and hiked in them. They have an elastic waist with a drawcord to cinch it up. Two-way stretch really helps. The articulated knees make them fit really nicely, and the legs taper, which is great for wearing gaiters over them. So many of the similar pants have huge box-cut legs that give you a lot of extra material under gaiters. These pants protect against the wind very well and wick perspiration well.
My only quibble with them is the need for more pockets. And the price is a bit steep, but similar pants with more pockets are upwards of $150, so the price is competitive.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
These REI Winter Momentum pants supply solid wind protection and warmth as you burn through the miles during aerobic cold-weather adventures. Double-weave knit polyester fabric repels wind, resists water, dries quickly and breathes well while providing the comfort of 4-way stretch; blocks wind up to 20 mph. Durable Water Repellent finish causes water to bead up and roll off, fending off light rain showers and snow. Zipper fly with snap closure and an elastic drawcord waist ensure comfortable fit. Zippered hand pockets and back pocket keep necessities easily accessible. Articulated knees and gusseted crotch facilitate freedom of motion. Slim-fitting cuffs fit easily inside Nordic or hiking boots; zippers make for easy on/off over boots and shoes. Athletic cut easily moves with you and maximizes thermal performance. Reflective hits increase visibility in low light.
- REI refers to the men's version