My go-to winter pant!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: Runs large
- Size Bought: Small
My winter setup involves my smartwool 150 bottom and my normal hiking pants on top. This has served me well over a couple of years although I end up with my legs sometimes still a bit chilly. When I saw these fleece lined pants I figured I'd give them a try. They are all I've worn since getting them back in November. The inside is so soft, although yes, it sheds. Especially with a baselayer underneath.
The fit is loose in the legs and allows me to move naturally and freely, which I absolutely love. In the waist I would say it runs a tad large. I got the small and I definitely have extra room, however I'm able to cinch that down with the drawstring.
At first, I was having a hard time with the elastic hems because they kept riding up my legs and I'd get rocks, dirt, mud and snow in my boots/socks. I figured out that I can just bring that cuff down over my boots and it's like having a built-in gaiter and IT ROCKS. They stay in place, keep my ankles warm, and absolutely no debris in my boots.
I've used these for hiking and snowshoeing in Northern Illinois and they have served me so well.
These pants are also perfect for lounging around and I am definitely wanting more pairs so I can have a house pair and an outside pair haha.
The only downside to these is that the back pocket is too deep, something I'd never thought I'd say for a pair of women's pants. My phone ends up below my butt and it's a bit awkward. I end up using the back pocket for my knife, and the front for my keys.
Bottom line: this is a sick pant that you should def try!