Cabela's Polartec Classic 300 ECWCS Pants
Reviewers Paid: $70.00
heavyweight fleece pants for sitting around in the cold and damp. not so great for walking around unless it's obscenely cold out.
on the positive side, these pants are thick, soft, warm fleece. each leg zips to the knee, and the legs are wide enough to take on and off over most boots. the knees are reinforced with nylon, and they have proved to be durable. 3 zippered pockets, one along each side seam and a small back pocket. without question the warmest fleece pants i have worn. note - these don't stop the wind.
on the downside, the waist needs some kind of better belt or drawstring. the waist is elastic, which is OK for slow walking or sitting; there is an interior 'belt,' kind of, that clips shut in front, but no way to tighten the belt. if you walk any distance in these, they tend to ride down unless you use them with clip-on suspenders. also, they are sized big, not so easy to walk in, and they are quite bulky. due to their bulk, they don't layer well under some shell pants.
insulated down or synthetic fill pants would be a better choice for extreme cold, and trimmer, stretchier fleece works better for layering and moving. so, these pants serve a different purpose. i like that they are really warm, even in damp conditions, and that i don't have to worry about rips, tears, damage. pants tend to take a lot of abuse, at least for me, and these can handle that much better than insulated shell pants, at a much lower overall cost.
Price Paid: $70