Wild Things Superlight Alpinist Pants
Wild Things is retooling their gear offerings, so…
Price Paid: $240
Wild Things is retooling their gear offerings, so whether something like these pants will still be available is entirely unclear.
This is a pair of shell pants made of eVent, so they are waterproof and breathable. mine are black. the waist is elastic with a snap and zipper in front; two side pockets, one on each hip, both zippered; and they have a rear zip pocket. the inside of the pockets is nylon mesh.
the pants also zip from the hem to the knee, roughly, and the inside of each angle is reinforced with a much thicker, tougher fabric. the pants have loops to attach suspenders that came with the pants and work well.
the pants have a relatively loose fit, providing enough room for a pretty thick layer underneath. all the zippers are waterproof.
i have been very happy with these. eVent is a great fabric that does a nice job avoiding that clammy feeling from perspiration, they are windproof, and they are very light weight. Some might not like the reinforced fabric on the inside of each ankle, or the hem that looks almost like a bell bottom (not elasticized). you wouldn't want to run in these, they are really made from hiking/climbing, where those reinforced areas are prone to abuse. wild things makes great gear, well-designed, well-stitched, simple but with enough features to be useful.
i spent several hours today outside in pre-hurricane conditions. the rain oscillated between light drizzle and and complete deluge. it was fairly warm out throughout, high 60s to high 70s, so i was wearing shorts underneath. the pants kept me dry, kept the wind off me as it increased throughout the day. no perspiration built up inside. yet this same pair of pants is my go-to shell for winter hiking and climbing in the White Mountains. amazing versatility and durability, functions exactly as promised in the worst conditions.
fairly expensive, but totally worth it.