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The button came off after the third day of use. I'm not really surprised though. The material is very thin and lightweight. It's fared well with sticker bushes and seems to be made of some kind of lightweight ripstop. I think they just used the wrong kind of button--a small pop-rivet with little surface area. I replaced mine with a KAM snap and it works great. For anyone confused, I'm pretty sure the "32" in the item description indicates the inseam length, while the size you select determines the waist size. I got a 30", meaning my size should be a 30x32 in Coyote Brown. For the record, they weigh 9.4oz. I was concerned that the new edition would weigh more than the old, based off the specs on Backcountry and OR's website. But I think they're just as lightweight, and I'd say that they might be a viable option to any other ultralight guys out there who are also still holding on to their love of hiking pants. The elastic in the ankles works well to cinch down and keep out dirt and ticks, like a kind of crude gaiter. They're comfortable when cinched above the ankles to make shorts. You might need to tie an overhand knot into the elastic to keep it tight, as there's no hardware. Just know that the DWR is good for a nice sprinkle, but if you're expecting a storm, these are no rain pants. They will become saturated eventually, and they take reasonably long to dry out. Nothing like cotton, obviously, but not like wind pants either.
I actually really like these hiking pants. I like that they're super lightweight and provide good protection against sun and brush. They look decent and they dry quickly. But I have some complaints that bring down my rating: - The convertible feature doesn't work. There's no easy way to tighten the cinching straps on the bottom of the cuffs in a way that ensures they'll stay up for more than a few steps. - The material of these pants is slightly "sticky" so that they're really hard to put on when my skin is weight and they "grab" the legs of my boxer briefs as I walk and slowly hike them up so that after a mile or two they're all bunched up by my hips and I have to stop and push them back down. - And I wish the belt was integrated or attached in some way. I keep losing it.
Amazing hiking pants, overall. Fabric is really perfect - lightweight, wicks moisture, not sweaty, breathable, moves well. Downside for me is the choice of inseam/crotch cut - they chose a lower / roomier cut. I understand there is personal preference, and some people don’t want any contact/interference with their sensitive parts, but the downside is allowing inner thighs to contact each other and chafe. My last backpacking trip I came back with red, sore, chafed inner thighs, and this is even after using sport lubricant. I like my athletic clothing to be my chafe-guard, which means in this case a very high crotch, like most running shorts. If you wear 6-8” boxer shorts, I suppose that would also work, but I prefer short briefs. I’ll either have to switch pants or switch underwear.
I bought these pants for backpacking. They are extremely light. Almost like wearing air. Very breathable and stretchy. The DWR is good for a brief light shower but they will totally wet out in a downpour. Don’t count on these replacing your rain pants. They do look nice enough to wear to school or the office though. Classic clean fit. The side pocket is a nice touch. I wish the waistband was a little more substantial though. The belt loops can pucker out at times. Overall though, these are the most comfortable and versatile pants you’ll ever wear.
I bought the size I normally get for just about everything. 33w32L. Sometimes I get 34 and sometimes I get 32 waist. I can fit a FULL hand in between the gap in between my hip and the pants. They stretch out SO much. I don’t wear them often bc they fit so poorly. They also didn’t stretch out this much until I had washed and worn them too much to return
Comfortable pants for backpacking. Cool. No tears or issues after a 40 mile trip. Maybe a little too much stretch in the waistband? I had to size down and they still started sagging a bit after 5 or so miles with a backpack on. Might have to get a belt.