I recently purchased some Acme softshell pants from REI for some upcoming snowcamping trips in the Sierra. They fit well at the store, and I was interested in the Shoeller Dryskin fabric they're made of, so I purchased them. However, after getting them home and walking around in them for a few minutes, my legs were itching like crazy. Fortunately, I didn't remove the tags, and may take them back. I was wondering if anyone else has had this problem with these. I know that sometimes when things are new, this is a problem. Last year when I got a Patagonia R1 fleece, it also was itchy against my skin, but after wearing it on a trip, the itchiness disappeared.
That's a good point about scabies. I checked for the little burrows the Sarcoptes scabiei make, and didn't see any on my skin. You never know who was trying on those pants before I did. They are pretty contagious according to a friend of mine who's an infectious disease doctor here at the VA.
I'll probably give them a quick wash, and than try again. I think it's just tht they're new, but I just wanted to see if this was a chronic problem with anyone who owned them.
Thanks for the input. I really don't want to have to take them back. Last year I wore summer hiking pants under a cheap rain pant, and as soon as we started to snowshoe, it got hella warm in them. With all the snow I couldn't take off the rain pants because the hiking pants would've wetted out. The Acme is light, 4-way stretch, and hopefully breathable/water&wind resistant.