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Postby sneakyracer » Sun Aug 30, 2009 4:11 pm

Hi, I am looking for some mid-weight (softshell?) pants for hiking / climbing in cool weather. I already have lightweight non-cotton convertible (to shorts) pants and some warm insulated and waterproof pants (ski). I need something in between that breathes well, moves well with me and is usable in cool weather (30-50deg?) for hking / climbing many hours, handles precip. well etc.

I live on an island with no outdoor stores that carry anything resembling what I am looking for. I have read all kinds of reviews and product descriptions but its hard to tell the actual weight / thickness and feeel of the fabric from online information.

I cant afford to buy many pants so I need the pants to be versatile and durable. Any ideas?

Thank in advance
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Postby woodsxc » Sun Aug 30, 2009 5:51 pm

A lot of people I know like REI's softshell pants. The Acme and Mistral have gotten good reviews.
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Postby DanielWade » Sun Aug 30, 2009 5:56 pm

TNF - Apex Elixir or Apex Randonee
Patagonia - Simple Guide or Super Guide
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Postby jvarholak » Sun Aug 30, 2009 7:30 pm

F_Rhoderick wrote:I like the Patagucci Guide Pants.

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Postby The Chief » Sun Aug 30, 2009 7:40 pm

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Postby EverydayExplorer » Mon Aug 31, 2009 3:07 am

I have had really good luck with REI's Taku pants. They are a mix of hardshell and softshell so they breath really well and keep me dry.
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Postby nattfodd » Tue Sep 01, 2009 8:51 am

I just took my Arcteryx Gamma AR in that kind of conditions and loved how they behaved. They are relatively cheap, too (by Arcteryx standards).
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Postby sneakyracer » Tue Oct 20, 2009 4:12 am

I got the Mountain Hardwear Navigation Pants on sale. They are on the way. Will review them as soon as I use them in colder weather.

thx for the reccomendations!
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Postby CanadianSteve » Tue Oct 20, 2009 3:21 pm

+2 for the Patagonia Guide Pants!
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Postby Autoxfil » Tue Oct 20, 2009 4:30 pm

I really like the MH Transition tights. They're loose enough to be comfortable, but trim so they stay put of the way - great on the bike. They cut the wind and shed light rain, and are
warm alone, and super - warm with long underwear. I plan on using them as light snow pants this year.
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Postby Talisman47 » Tue Oct 20, 2009 4:49 pm

I have a couple pair of Marmot Scree pants and love them for temps down to the 30's
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Postby Blair » Tue Oct 20, 2009 7:21 pm

I have the Loki Lore Dual Soft Shell pant.

http://www.lokiusa.com/home.php

There 4 way stretch, super breathable, and comfortable.

The 1st day I had them it was in the 40's early in the morning and we were scrambling and climbing(and not sweathing mind you :wink: ) and was sold day 1 with the durability as well. (read- scraping up chimneys/corners)
And they are suprizingly breathable in warmer temps

They make my Mammut wearing partner-in-crime thinking of getting a pair 8)

I love mine. My 2 cents

addition-all depends on your build. 6'3 and thin here 34' waist
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Postby jrc » Tue Oct 20, 2009 8:57 pm

If you want the best (according to many reviews, not just me) go try on the patagonia guide (now called the alpine guide I think) and the Mammut Champ. Buy whichever fits.
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Postby pingzingr » Tue Oct 20, 2009 9:30 pm

+2 for the REI Taku pants.
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