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Full zip insulating pants

Postby CO Native » Wed Feb 20, 2013 1:35 pm

Anyone know where I can find some full zip insulating (non-shell) pants? I've got a full zip shell and would like some full zip fleece pants to allow me to easily add or remove an insulating layer on my legs. The North Face used to make some but I can't find them anymore.
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Re: Full zip insulating pants

Postby bergsteigen » Wed Feb 20, 2013 1:50 pm

I got custom fleece jacket and pants from Beyond Fleece about a decade ago. I still wear the jacket in winter and love it. I might have to try and alter the pants myself, as I no longer fit into them. Might be tricky, since they are also full zip.

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Re: Full zip insulating pants

Postby Cruiser » Wed Feb 20, 2013 1:56 pm

Would the Mountain Hardwear Compressor Pants fit the bill? Or the Beyond Clothing Cold Blooded or Cloud Cap pants. I'm pretty sure you can order either of those with full side zips like Bergsteigen mentioned.
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Re: Full zip insulating pants

Postby CO Native » Wed Feb 20, 2013 2:09 pm

The Compressors won't work because they are shells. I want to be able to layer my legs better. I already have a nice shell. I have a couple of layers I can wear underneath including a pair of fleece pants, but taking a layer on or off is a huge pain. Only my shell is full zip so that's all I can remove without having to take off my boots. The problem is that I usually want to keep the shell on to block the wind or keep the snow off.

Custom pants from Beyond may be the solution. $184 for a pair of fleece pants is pretty brutal though. Maybe I can just find a decent pair of fleece pants and have someone put zippers down the sides.

I really surprised that there aren't any on the market anymore. How is everyone adjusting their lower body layers?
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Re: Full zip insulating pants

Postby Hunter » Wed Feb 20, 2013 2:16 pm

I haven't seen it, but imagine this is what Magic Mike wore. No?
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Re: Full zip insulating pants

Postby CO Native » Wed Feb 20, 2013 2:19 pm

So helpful. :roll:
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Re: Full zip insulating pants

Postby bergsteigen » Wed Feb 20, 2013 2:21 pm

CO Native wrote:How is everyone adjusting their lower body layers?


I'm either not adjusting the lower half (and adjusting upper), or if I'm wearing my shell bibs with zips, I open those.
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Re: Full zip insulating pants

Postby jeremy27 » Wed Feb 20, 2013 2:22 pm

CO Native wrote: How is everyone adjusting their lower body layers?

Answer = Blind luck.


If you decide to have zippers installed on a pair of fleece pants I was surprised at the quality of the Cabela's Polartec® 200 Pants - on sale now!

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Re: Full zip insulating pants

Postby CO Native » Wed Feb 20, 2013 3:26 pm

I was actually just looking at those Cabela's fleece pants. They even come in a tall for me. $40 for a pair and zippers would only be $8. My daughter's getting pretty good at sewing, maybe I can get her to sew the zippers into the pants. Most mountaineering gear is made using child labor anyway right?
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Re: Full zip insulating pants

Postby YouAndWhatGendarme » Wed Feb 20, 2013 3:45 pm

CO Native wrote:The Compressors won't work because they are shells. I want to be able to layer my legs better. I already have a nice shell. I have a couple of layers I can wear underneath including a pair of fleece pants, but taking a layer on or off is a huge pain. Only my shell is full zip so that's all I can remove without having to take off my boots. The problem is that I usually want to keep the shell on to block the wind or keep the snow off.


Aside from the reinforced seat and knees (which is just a heavier fabric), the Compressor is just Thermic Micro insulation and an unlined/uncoated 20 Denier nylon ripstop face fabric. It's definitely an insulating layer and not a shell layer. Granted the ones I have are a bit older (Primaloft One instead of Thermic Micro - 2010 I think) I can't imagine Mountain Hardware making that drastic a change in the product's application.

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At this point I'm pretty much in the set it and forget it mode with my lower body layers. On mild days it's lightweight polartec leggings under softshell pants, on cold days it's midweight fleece run tights under softshell pants and on brutal days (-20 or high winds) I eschew softshell pants in favor of run tights, fleece pants and full zip reflective hardshell pants over the top giving me the option of cracking the top of the zips to vent my fleece layers (not that I ever have in practice, aside from maybe in the car on the way home).

Usually it's the little nubbins like fingers and toes that get uncomfortable way before my legs.
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Re: Full zip insulating pants

Postby Cruiser » Wed Feb 20, 2013 5:19 pm

Yup, I'm pretty sure the compressor pants are built as a mid-layer without a wind/water proof shell. But if that doesn't tickle you then you can always go for the Feathered Friends Helios Pants. They're pretty basic but they seem to meet your criteria.
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Re: Full zip insulating pants

Postby climbing_rob » Wed Feb 20, 2013 5:33 pm

I bought a pair of Mont Bell, full zip down pants two years ago, I believe at Bent Gate. I don't know the model name. Warm as toast, and very light. Took them to Denali. (woops... just noticed you said "fleece", sorry)

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