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I need some pants!!

Postby cblsttrotwd » Wed Aug 08, 2007 11:01 am

I'm looking to get some new pants that I can wear on some hikes in my new home of Idaho!! (so long Kansas) I would like the perfect pair of pants of course. Something I can use in slightly colder weather, alpine pants is the term I've seen most while looking. I'm looking for water resistance, wind resistance, and I would like them to be pretty abrasion resistant.
I've checked out these:

Mountain Hardwear Trekking: http://www.rei.com/product/746666
REI Switchback: http://www.rei.com/product/725737

Anybody have any comments on these or have suggestions for any others?
Any advice is greatly appreciated as always!

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I need some pants!!

Postby SWalker » Wed Aug 08, 2007 12:08 pm

I have a pair of Mountain Hardwear Chugach pants they work well for most situations, and they are on sale at Travel Country now if you wear XL 38-40 http://www.travelcountry.com/shop/mountain-hardwear/mens-outerwear-sale/mountain-hardwear-chugach-3d-insulated-pant-mens-closeout.html?RefId=29&RefType=Affiliate
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Postby Cruiser » Wed Aug 08, 2007 1:11 pm

Before you buy a pair of pants off the rack you should check out http://www.beyondclothing.com . They custom build everything to your specifications. Since you're looking for the "perfect pair of pants" you'll want to get the right number and type of pockets, perfect custom fit, and the correct fabric for your needs. Judging by your criteria I'd suggest the Steel or Cold Play softshell pants. Both would be great choices in terms of water and wind resistance, although the Cold Play pants will be a bit warmer.
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Postby thebeave7 » Wed Aug 08, 2007 1:35 pm

Personally I wouldn't use the switchbacks for what you want, the Element material is waterproof with limited breathability, so you'll be sweating like a pig.
I'd look into something more like these
REI Mistral pants
Cloudveil Rayzar
Patagonia Super Guide

I've used the mistrals for 4 years now, great water/wind resistances, but also breath well enough that I'm not over heating on a 70F+ day. Glissade well and climb well, since they flex/stretch. The only hole I have incurred was from my crampons(wasn't wearing gaiters :x )
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Postby cblsttrotwd » Wed Aug 08, 2007 2:17 pm

I liked the look and feel of the mistrals and thought they would work well over a wider range of temps, but I was a little weary of the material holding up to abrasion.

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Postby blue » Wed Aug 08, 2007 8:45 pm

So are you wearing pants now? Look at cloudviel.

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Postby cblsttrotwd » Wed Aug 08, 2007 8:51 pm

So are you wearing pants now?


I dont wanna give off the wrong impression, but for the situation we speak of, I am pantless :oops:

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Postby dsunwall » Wed Aug 08, 2007 9:03 pm

cblsttrotwd wrote:I liked the look and feel of the mistrals and thought they would work well over a wider range of temps, but I was a little weary of the material holding up to abrasion.


I've worn Mistral's for several years, greatest pants I've ever owned. They hold up to abrasion very well. They are a little too warm for July and August in Colorado but excellent for spring, fall and winter. Schoelloer material is fantastic, I see the Cloudveils are made of the same.

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Postby thebeave7 » Wed Aug 08, 2007 9:14 pm

cblsttrotwd wrote:I liked the look and feel of the mistrals and thought they would work well over a wider range of temps, but I was a little weary of the material holding up to abrasion.


Unless you plan on sliding down granite slabs consistently I wouldn't be worried about the durability. Schoeller stuff is great, like I said earlier I use them year round. I ski in them(on and off piste), mountaineering, glissading, climbing class 4-5 stuff and so on. A few scuffs and a crampon hole are the only major visible damage after 4 years. I actually bought a second pair 2 years ago cause I liked them so much. The REI mistrals are a good value, but I've heard great things about the Patagonia and Cloudveils(though more expensive).
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Postby cblsttrotwd » Wed Aug 08, 2007 10:03 pm

I think we may have a winner with the mistrals. and with what remains on my rei gift card, I'll only have to spend 30 real dollars :YY

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Postby Devin » Thu Aug 09, 2007 7:07 am

Cruiser wrote:Before you buy a pair of pants off the rack you should check out http://www.beyondclothing.com . They custom build everything to your specifications. Since you're looking for the "perfect pair of pants" you'll want to get the right number and type of pockets, perfect custom fit, and the correct fabric for your needs. Judging by your criteria I'd suggest the Steel or Cold Play softshell pants. Both would be great choices in terms of water and wind resistance, although the Cold Play pants will be a bit warmer.


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Postby LuLuLuv » Thu Aug 09, 2007 8:44 am

Hey cblsttrotwd
Just curious...where will you be hiking this weekend :wink:

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