No more pant legs flapping against one another. No more bottom half layering. No more pulling and tugging. No more adjusting. SportHill, athletic apparel company in Portland, Ore., has the answer with their new 3SP Callaghan Skinny Pant for women.… Continue reading
RailRiders Winter Weatherpants
Winter in southern New England is typically cold and blustery rather than truly frigid. Breaking trail through a foot of early winter powder quickly overwhelms the breathability of trousers with a waterproof/breathable layer (such as Gore-Tex) and … Continue reading
At first glance, the name of the Northwall softshell pants from Patagonia might seem to be a nod to the outdoor gear maker’s longtime competitor, The North Face. But in reality it is simply a reference to the mountaineer’s “cold … Continue reading
In this video, Snowshoe Magazine reviews The North Face snowshoeing combo: Perception Jacket, Mountain Pants, Snow Beast Boots and the Patrol 34 Backpack.
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Rather than going into details and specs of the Mountain Hardwear Windstopper Pants right away, let’s first talk about the harsh environment that I dragged them through on a 100 day solo dog sledding expedition in Alaska’s arctic, and judge for yourself if they live up to Mountain Hardware’s high quality standards.
Engineered for technical outdoor pursuits and even the coldest of snowshoeing adventures, Sherpa Adventure Gear’s combination of the Mantra Jacket, Himal Pant and Renzing Hat combines modern-day fabrics with Nepalese influence.
There are so many places to buy outdoor gear, online and off, and so many varieties. Prices are all over the place, last year’s top of the line snow pants will end up on clearance at 75 percent, while this year’s models (Oh! We changed the pocket closure from Velcro to zip!) hover around $200 USD. Companies push new technologies or gimmicks or styles, and we buy it – after all, we’d like to be warmer, drier, better ventilated, or just better looking.
I’m convinced that the Mammut brand exists solely in the high altitude extremes, the most remotely explored locations, the arctic corners of the Earth, and among the elite adventurers of the world’s cragged peaks. It would be difficult to find the distinguished Mammut logo roaming the Mall of America or waiting for a burger in a lonely booth at a Burger King. The Switzerland-based Mammut doesn’t haunt the stifled realms of living room entertainment centers; it can be found clinging to an ice-covered rocky outcropping on its way to a record-breaking ascent of Denali. I wore the Mammut brand proudly during my numerous snowshoeing adventures in Colorado – using the Pizol Jacket, Sturdy Pants, Rapid Beanie, and Shelter Ultimate Gloves as my weapons of choice. This heavenly gear combo is fraught with a divine goal: Go farther on the snow.
Reviewing snowshoeing pants hasn’t been a target product for Snowshoe Magazine. There is no explanation. However, with a new season, there will be new gear to test. For this round, I had the chance to review a powerful softshell set by GoLite: Wind River Pants and Jacket. Softshells are the gold standard for most snowshoers. They offer the benefits of layering through the control of breathability, water resistance and advanced range of motion. The Wind River Pants and Jacket are recommended items for snowshoers, for several reasons.
I’m reluctant to admit the number of days I recently wore Mountain Hardwear’s Lightweight Power Stretch Zip T and Boot Length Tights without laundering them. On a two-week Himalayan trek, they were the base layer that I reached for almost daily. They simply cannot be beat for odour repellence, softness and warmth, while their wicking properties are also excellent. I always felt dry and comfortable despite the varying temperatures I encountered, from deep morning chill to afternoon sun. The stretchy fabric is non-constraining and smooth, making it easy to slip outer layers on and off.
I first tested my SportHill garb by going for a night’s run; it was about 20 degrees and I was working up a sweat. I donned a Pursuit II Top, Junior XC Pants, and a pair of 3SP Gloves. I couldn’t wait for the snow and my chance to use my SportHill outfit for some intense snowshoeing. A week later, I got my wish. Continue reading