Mar 11, 2005 at 6:02 pm #1215961
I wear and typically hike in spandex shorts. But I still bring one pair of “long pants” with me for breaks/rain, etc.
Currently, I bring along my UL man Tights and a pair of O2 Rainshield pants. The bottom third of the O2 pants are starting to show their wear. So, I’m seaking out a replacement. What about a 3-season softshell pant?
What material? Schoeller Dynamic? Dryskin, Dryskin Extreme? Cloudveil’s Interia, or the newer Interia plus?
I would _think_ Dryskin (and extreme) might be a bit too warm. Maybe not?
Is Dynamic cooler? How does it shed wind/rain?
Interia? I assume “plus” is just tougher . Prospector, Rodeo, or the new Peak pant? What is the difference between Prospector and Rodeo pants?
Any thoughts?Mar 14, 2005 at 2:46 pm #1336134
Have you considered Moutain Hardwear’s Transition Featherweight Tight? The stated weight is 8oz so they are in line with a light weight philosophy. They also are windproof and somewhat water resisitant. I have the top and have been comfortable hiking in below freezing temps. I might question the durabilty if you are bush wacking though, the material does “pick”. You might also get some strange looks in town, something about guys in tights seemes to get a few chuckles. But if function not fashion is your main concern you might give them a look. I’ve been considering a pair for myselfMar 14, 2005 at 6:08 pm #1336138
@verberLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
If you are comfortable hiking in shorts with the addition of Rainshield o2 pants when it rains or gets colder than I would say get a new pair of O2 pants. Even though they wear out, they are cheap when compared to most “do everything” softshell pants.
Of the materials you listed, I like Interia (haven’t tried Interia Plus) for three season backpacking. Dryskin is too warm. I found Dynamic has a more limited comfort range than Interia. The only time I would take Dynamic over Interia is if I was climbing because Dynamic is a more durable material. I have found that Dynamic and Interia can stand up to light drizzle for a couple of hours before soaking thru. They both will completely wet out in less than 30 minutes in a hard rain.
The different (at least last year) between the Prospector and Rodeo was basic style. Rodeo has a webbing belt and side zipper pockets, with the Prospector having a drawstring for the waist and open pockets.
One alternative which I have not tried.. but seems like it would be promising would be a pair of sahalie’s ultralight tights and something like the Montane Featherlite wind pants. Both dry super quick, are light weight, and the Montane Featherlite are suprisingly durable. But I haven’t gotten around to try this. Depending on the weather I either take shorts + frogg togg pants, or rodeo pants + frogg togg rain pants.Mar 14, 2005 at 6:36 pm #1336140
Both responses are worth considering. I think I have found a local source for Cloudveil gear (a high dollar [like $25K+ membership fees] country club pro shop of all places), so I hope to get a chance to touch/feel the Peak Pants (Rodeo *and* prospector pant replacement).
I love my windshirt so much, I’m not sure why I didn’t think of the tight/shell idea for the legs. I own a pair of the UL tights, but found them a bit too cool for the hour, or so, of daily camp time on my last trip. And that was in mild temps (40F+). They were perfect for sleeping in. Combined with the shell, however, that just might work.
I’ve been wanting to “break the ice” on my first garment sewing project. So, for ~$25, I could buy the 1.1ripstop kit from http://www.thru-hiker.com and give it a try.
Though the Montane pants are onsale at backcountrygear for $56.Mar 14, 2005 at 8:27 pm #1336142
@daneLocale: Western Washington
thru-hiker.com is supposedly making improvements on their Liberty Ridge Shell Pants kit, and last time I checked the site they said it would not be available until this fall. Their Liberty Ridge Wind Shirt kit is still for sale. I recently purchased the wind shirt kit and an extra two yards of the same fabric for the pants. I will be using a pajama pants pattern for the wind pants, adjusting the fit so that they aren’t so baggy. My girlfriend is teaching me how to sew and she says the pants would make an easy first project.Mar 15, 2005 at 5:36 am #1336146
Thanks for the tip on the Montane Featherlight Pants. Backcountry Gear says to go one size up on the fit. Is this true? I’m usually a 31/31. Thanks.
PaulMar 15, 2005 at 6:30 am #1336147
@verberLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
Featherlite pants are $45 at http://basegear.com/featherpants.html
Yes, size up one. I normally wear a size “L” (34/32) and the XL Montane is what I got. They fit well.
–markMar 15, 2005 at 9:03 am #1336150
Mark, thank you for the link and sizing information.
PaulMar 15, 2005 at 12:29 pm #1336156
…I own a Montane Aero, Size L. Its almost too big, I can easily wear a base layer _and_ a heavy fleece underneath without any binding.
With just about every other shirt (cotton t-shirts, base layers, etc.), I wear an XL.
Now my Size L Marmot Chinook (’03) is perfect on my shoulders but a bit too tight on my fat gut. Guess I’m not “semi-athletic”.<g>Mar 15, 2005 at 2:15 pm #1336159
I agree. I also bought an Aero a size larger based on other posts I saw. I usually wear a medium sometimes large – I got the large and it’s too big. Maybe they changed the sizing on the new design of the Aero?Mar 15, 2005 at 5:22 pm #1336160
The Liberty Ridge pants kit is now available at http://www.thru-hiker.com
And yes, it is a good easy first sewing project.
2.7 oz for 42″ waist 31″ inseam, made from 1.1oz/yd fabric, flat 1/4″ nylon drawcord and cordlock around the waist and no leg zips. A smaller size using 0.8oz/yd fabric could come in under 2 oz!Apr 8, 2005 at 8:01 am #1336584
@adkphotoLocale: Central, New York
To answer your question about Schoeller Dynamic, here’s my experience with my Schoeller pants:
* Very wind and water resistant, but not water proof .
* Very comfortable feel and nice stretch.
* Very breathable.
* I’ve comfortably used them in a wide range of temperatures from well below freezing to high 70s F. They make an ideal winter hiking pant over long johns (when it’s cold enough to warrant).
The Schoeller pants are a little heavier and bulkier than my nylon taffetta pants, but there is no comparison with any other feature. I prefer to use the Schoeller pants in winter, spring, and fall, and the taffetta pants in the summer.
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