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Reviewers Paid: $165.00
Historic Range: $65.63-$170.00
Reviewers Paid: $180.00
Historic Range: $82.50-$170.00
I was introduced to these pants by an older man who uses them to hunt sheep in northern Alaska. He said they blocked enough wind to keep you warm but he'd never overheat. I eventually bought a pair and am on my way to owning enough to get me through a week!
I find they are most comfortable in cooler temperatures between 40-65 degrees. With an underlayer they are even good when it is cooler. It is a wonderful fabric. In the summer they can be a little too hot even with the venting from the pockets. They are comfortable and there is a nice "give" in the fabric. These pants are a sure bet!
Price Paid: $165
These have been a great pant. They are super stretchy and very breathable. I must say that I have been amazed at how well they went, I've never had any better. The fit is perfect for me, not too baggy, but not tight either.
The only complaint I have is they're not that durable. I've had them a year and have put hundreds of backpacking miles on them and the frabic snags easy on brush. So the pants have several holes and snagged fabric sticking out everywhere. For $180 bones I was expecting to have these pants for years and years. I'll be happy if they make it through half of this coming year. If they were cheaper I would have given them a better rating.
Price Paid: $180