Outdoor Research Mentor Pant - Men's

A lean, mean climbing machine.

Outdoor Research created the Men's Mentor Pant for one reason: give you hardcore protection so you can climb higher and longer in the mountains. They accomplish this with the guaranteed waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex Pro and Gore-Tex Pro Stretch construction for durable protection and mobility. Then add fully taped seams and water-resistant zippers to seal out gnarly weather. Two-way fly and side zippers are ultra-accommodating when wearing a harness or pack, and a crotch gusset and articulated knees add mobility. Handy suspenders keep this hardcore pant from hanging low. This top-of-the-line alpine shell pant gives climber what they want.

  • Gore-Tex Pro shell
  • Gore-Tex Pro Stretch panels at seat, knees, and thighs
  • Fully taped seams
  • Trim fit with articulated knees
  • Gusseted crotch
  • Low-profile waist with adjustable tabs
  • Two-way zipper fly
  • Accessory suspenders
  • Two-way separating side zippers
  • Water-resistant zippers
  • Reinforced scuff guards
  • Inner drawcord at ankle doubles as stirrup
  • Zippered thigh pocket
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Awesome Quality

  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Small

5 star for a quality product. Material, craftsmanship, and fit is perfect. HOWEVER, these fit like a pair of strait fitting pants, not a pair of ski pants, so they will not fit around a pair of ski, or snowboard boots.
I bought these to do backcountry skiing, and they have great articulation, good zippered access etc, but they don't fit around my boots, so I returned them. Hope this review helps people in a similar search for athletic ski pants.

Hey Kye - you are spot on... the Mentor Pants are NOT for ski boots. Alpine boots yes. This is a climbing pant for winter mountaineering, so another great option would be the White Room Pant. Those are killer!

Thanks for the review,

Leta
OR Rep

Killer hard shell pant

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: X-Large

Very comfortable and bullet proof hard shell pants. Used them on a windy, butt-cold ascent of Aconcagua and they completely sealed me from the elements so that my base and mid layers could do their job. Perfect blend of Goretex pro and pro stretch. Comfortable pant, with simple, easy to adjust suspenders. I could use another pocket or two but the one suffices. I don't think I'll ever need to buy another hard shell pant for as long as I live. I obsessed over sizing of this product, wanting a fit that could both contain my layers but not be too baggy either. Fortunately for me my gearhead advisor (Aleshia DiBella) consulted me into exactly the right size.

Robert - a great review, thank you! And thank you for the call out to Aleshia. Backcountry is the best with knowledge and service. Enjoy these Mentor Pants on many many climbs for years to come!

Leta
OR Rep

Beware! Not Ski Pants

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: L

I got these as skiing/touring pants (as it says in the description). But BEWARE! These are strictly climbing/mountaineering pants. The lower leg hole is not large enough to fit around a ski boot, even a fairly low-profile one.
Sadly, the pants seem like they are very well made and the material is awesome, but they wont work for alpine or touring purposes.
Get your descriptions right BC!

Hey Nick, My name is Leta and I am the OR rep for Backcountry. I looked into their description, and I cannot find where, above, the description references "skiing / touring." I see references for apine climbing, which is what these pants are designed to do. Definitely not designed for ski / backcountry.

What I did find is that in the "taxonomy' - meaning, how the product is grouped, they did come up in the grouping with ski pants, so that is something I will address with them immediately so they can correct it. But I do think that their description above is spot on.

The pants for backcountry touring would be either the Trailbreaker, Skyward, or even the Furio Pant. Each has their own merits, depending on what features and benefits you want in your pant.

Thank you for bringing this to my attention!

Leta
OR Rep

Thanks for the review Nick - I was considering getting these pants for touring as well.

Leta - In the Tech Specs field, located at the bottom of the description page and directly above reviews, under "Recommended use"it says "backcountry touring, alpine".

I am wondering if this pant will fit over ski boots... I like to alpine climb and resort ski and ski tour and want a shell for all! Thank you in advance!

Great question brap21504 - I was just checking these pants out today, and they do not fit over ski boots. They are a climb-specific pant built for boots that one would use for technical ice and alpine climbing. They do have a scuff guard on the inner leg designed to protect the pants from getting damaged by your crampons.



The Outdoor Research Furio pants are more what you are looking for, as they are a great do-it-all Gore-Tex pant that will accommodate ski boots.

can anyone comment on size? according to...

can anyone comment on size? according to the OR size chart I am between a L and XL (36" waist 34" inseam, 6'1" tall, 190lb). Don't want them to be too tight, too baggy, or too short. Any recommendations are greatly appreciated!

Hey Doug!



I would recommend going with a large but if you would like to give us a call or chat in, we can get an order set up for you for both sizes and offer a free return shipping label so you can send back the size that doesn't fit as well, for no cost!



If you end up chatting in, ask to be transferred over to Adam S (me) and I can get you taken care of!

I'm a similar size 6'2" 185 and went with the medium for the fit around the waist. The large was way too baggy around the middle. Both seemed about the same length.

When a softshell just won't cut it!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

On big (ice/alpine) climbs in Southeast Alaska, these are my go-to pant. They are burly and they'll keep you dry. On long steep approaches I open the side zips to keep from sweating my you-know-whats off! I also use these when I'll be plodding through so much snow, that a softshell pant just won't cut it. The suspenders keep them from falling down and the snow out.