|Arc'teryx Gamma LT Softshell Pant||$168.95|
|Arc'teryx Gamma MX Softshell Pant||$179.37|
|Arc'teryx Gamma Rock Softshell Pant||$178.95|
|Arc'teryx Gamma SK Softshell Pant||$224.95|
After having more patches than original material on my old soft shell pants, the search began for a replacement. The criteria: Summer Alpine Rock to Winter Alpine Ice. Simple right, one pant for every use?
Being familiar with the Gamma MX Jacket, I knew I wanted a pair of pants that had the same flexibility and durability. In combination with a trim fit, the Gamma AR Pants fit the bill.
These pants are burly, however they are unlined, so layering them with a power-stretch bottom works great for Winter use in all but the most frigid temps. The fabric has held up to bush whacking approaches through dead fall trees and near misses with the points of my crampons. The fabric also strikes a balance between windproof and breathable making them great on the approach through the trees and exposed on the climb.
The fit of these pants is also second to none. The built in belt allows them to be worn next to skin with a quick cinch on warmer Summer Alpine Rock days. They have a trim "athletic" fit that still allows for freedom of movement, with or without layers underneath. So far, soooo good...
I didn't do anything on the weekends this summer except backpack. So when I say these are the best pants ever, I feel qualified.
I've worn these pants in 40MPH winds, temperatures in the teens (F) and snow. They kept me warm, dry and comfortable. They have a little stretch and are cut the same way I am -- no pinching when scrambling & no wedgy when sitting down. There is enough room to layer over expedition-weight base layer but still a nice, clean fit. Despite the use and abuse, they still loook brand new. A nice feature is the 3 pockets are all designed to vent heat if you unzip them.
I highly recommend these pants.
These are a great pant, they are made for colder weather and not casual wear. They are heavier than the LT's and made to last a lifetime. I needed something lighter and will return for the LT's.