No good for climbing
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Med/Reg
Loved these when I first tried them on -- good stretch, comfortable, and the thigh pocket was easy to access with a harness on. They were also seriously waterproof while they lasted ... unfortunately they didn't last long. I wore them while climbing the West Ridge of Forbidden Peak, and they basically disintegrated upon contact with the rock. By the time I got halfway up, they were basically in tatters.
Maybe I expected too much from these lightweight pants, but they put up with so little abuse that I would have trouble recommending them to anyone -- even if that person wasn't going to spend the day climbing on granite. I've used a bunch of other products by Mountain Hardwear, and always been satisfied -- these just didn't live up.
If you do order these and plan to wear them with alpine/hiking boots, I recommending sizing up on the length (duh, maybe?). The waist fit was true to size. I do think it's great that Mountain Hardwear offers a wide array of sizing options.