It may be sunny, but the weather can change on a dime, so equip yourself with the Arc'teryx Men's Alpha SL Gore-Tex Pant when you head out into the backcountry. The windproof, waterproof, and breathable Gore-Tex Paclite 2L membrane protects you from the wet elements and keeps this pant light so you can move fast. Full side zippers ditch excess heat and accommodate your climbing or touring boots.
As always, Arc'teryx never fails to deliver (I think I'm a little biased to Arc'teryx products at this point). I've only been able to use these pants a few times now and they have been amazing. I love the full side zips, it makes getting them on so easy. I threw these on when it started raining on a winter route and I didn't have to worry about my crampons tearing a whole into my expensive pants. The full zip design is simply the best when it comes to mountaineering hardshell pants. The boot hooks and hem cinch are awesome. I didnt even use gaiters when hiking through the snow; its that good. Also, they're totally waterproof (it is Goretex) with a great DWR coating to bead off the water.
These pants are made from gore paclite, but the face fabric is plenty burly. The paclite makes them super light weight so I have used these pants just as rain pants as well. They breathe very well but I wouldn't want the inner fabric in direct contact with my skin. Be sure to wear long-underwear under the pants if you use them as rain pants.
As a reference, I'm 6' with a 32" inseam and very skinny. The small actually fit great and gives me enough length in the legs. I think the sizing guide is off on all Arc'teryx hardhsell pants though... they seem to run a little longer than suggested by their size charts.
Overall: great, versatile pants that can be used all 4 seasons!
Wouldn't it be great if your favorite jeans were waterproof? For years, folks from Iowa have been trying to make that happen by spraying Scotch-guard on their favorite pantalones in an attempt to make a truly versatile, bomb-proof, all-weather garment.
Arc-Teryx has taken this idea in a different direction with the Alpha-SL pant, making a gore-tex pant that fits like your favorite around-town pant. Now, I'm not recommending you spend this kinda money in bum around town wear (spend $10 on scotch-guard instead!), but wouldn't it be awesome at the end of a day of skiing, skinning, touring, or mountaineering to find yourself in a pair of pants you actually WANT to wear?
I've had these pants for a while now and they stand up to the abuse! These babies are burley, and if you can front the down-payment on your first born child to pay for them, you'll find them well worth the investment!
Full length zippers are uncommon and heavenly. Premium materials, minimalist design, and flawless assembly. The hook system at the waist holds well, doesn't rub, and allows a very small amount of adjustment in fit. The waistband is not lined for bare skin. On the inside, the ankle cuff lacks the burly reinforcement of the rest of the instep.
The fit is very generous in the seat, regular/slightly-trim in the thigh.