Best Cold Weather Hunting Pant
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Large
I am basing this review off of a 2 day wildlife trip I took up in the Uinta Mountain Range in Utah wearing only these pants. In the freezing cold 4AM mornings (10 degrees F, No Sun, and A bit windy) I wore only these pants and a pair of Real Tree Long Johns and my legs were not cold in the slightest. The top of my body even under 5 layers of gore tex and wool was freezing. +1 for the warmth.
As the days transitioned and the sun rose over head, bringing the temperature to the mid thirties with sun, I had to shed all 3 of my 5 top layers because I was heating up. After all we put in one 7 mile day and another 12 mile day. My muscles were burning but my legs stayed the exact same perfect temperature throughout the entire day. Whether I was walking up a mountain face or posted calling in Elk. I could feel this pants breathe when I needed them to and it made all the difference. This is +2 for breathing when I needed to cool down and keeping the heat in when I needed it.
Trudging on through the bushes I caught the pants several times on surrounding branches, one time pretty hard as I we were almost running down a slope to get into position. Not a rip or scuff in sight. I would rate these pants as incredibly durable, +1.
Lastly, I'll talk briefly about features. These pants come with all the pockets you need to stay not only prepared but organized as well. 2 side and 1 phone. The cinches on the ankle cuffs kept the water out when I stepped in deep puddles. My only slight issue is with the adjustment belt that comes attached. I am 6'2 with a 33 waist so I needed the large for height but needed the waist kept tight so they would stay up. Throughout the day I did have to constantly re-tighten the belt which got a bit annoying but not a deal breaker at all. +.9 for features.
Overall: These pants outperformed all of my expectations. Extremely warm, yet breathable. Durable against nature and its forces. And lastly, equipped with just the right features to distinguish them from other brands. My score 4.9/5.