Would buy them again, but won't have to
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: L
I have put these pants through everything the northeast has to offer. They have seen over 150 days of hiking, light mountaineering, backcountry skiing and resort skiing and aside from a few scrapes, they look and function like new.
The fit is relaxed, without having extra fabric that gets caught. There is plenty of room to layer underneath if needed.
They are very water/wind proof and quite thin for great versatility. They pack up small to fit into your pack and full length zips are great for putting on without taking off your boots. The combination of these zips, that also allow for venting, with the thin gore-tex allows use in a variety of conditions if layered properly. If you are going to use primarily for resort skiing keep in mind that there is no insulation of any kind and you will need to layer underneath. For hiking in wet/snowy conditions they are fantastic and breathe well.
The fabric that is used is tough as nails and looks brand new after many, many uses. The only area that I can see wear is one spot where the steel rail on my snowshoes caught the instep patch. It shows, but did not cut through and is still fully functional.
Overall a great purchase. If i were to have a complaint it would be pocket space, but given I am usually wearing a shell at the same time, it has been more of an adjustment than a problem.