|Arc'teryx Gamma AR Softshell Pant||$198.95|
|Arc'teryx Gamma MX Softshell Pant||$179.37|
|Arc'teryx Gamma Rock Softshell Pant||$178.95|
|Arc'teryx Gamma SK Softshell Pant||$224.95|
For a while I was using my Arcteryx Beta AR uninsulated hardshell pants for all things alpine. Saw these one day and figured I'd try them out. I never realized exactly how versitile they were.
So fit specs first. I'm 6'2", 170lbs. 32" waist. Medium in these pants fits great for everything (supposedly M is 33" waist). Though on the fit chart they state the inseam as 30.5", but IMO it fits more like it has a 32-33" inseam based on my work slacks.
Before this, for regular 3-seaon hiking I'd use my Mountain Hardwear hiking pants, which are pretty great. For alpine I'd layer my Smartwool long underwear with my Beta ARs. Gaiters on top and the Beta ARs unzipped on the sides as much as possible until things got too cold or windy.
Now: I use these for three-season hiking unless shorts are called for. They're just so durable and breathable. And if it rains, they're really solid there, too.
For alpine conditions, there is enough room to layer under the Smartwool long underwear and if the weather calls for it, the Smartwool and my REI Polartec fleece pants. Gaiters on top of these. I'll keep my Beta ARs in the pack and if things get too hairy, quickly layer those over everything.
It's been great because these breathe much better than the Beta ARs, obviously. They're been extremely comfortable and so far pretty durable, though I've only used them a season so I can't speak to long-term durability. However, if they're like anything else Arcteryx, they'll last forever.
The price is pretty high, but I think it's worth it, especially if you are planning on picking up a pair of softshell pants or a pair of nice hiking pants anytime soon as these would replace both of those and help offset some of the initial cost.
I thought long and hard if I should crack open my wallet for these pricey pants. Very happy I did! I will wear them like a 2nd skin over the next few years. They fit great, the pockets are huge and zippered (great for travel), the material is stretchy and apparently very durable to top it all off. They fit very snug though so I'd order up a size if you think you are on the border between sizes. I'm 5'9" 170 lbs and the large fits great. I've come to the opinion after buying a lot of Arcteryx stuff that it is absolutely the best on the market. While very expensive it pays you back over years of use with absolutely bomber gear. I just counted and I have 3 beanies, 2 packs, 1 sun hat, 1 hardshell, 2 fleeces, 1 softshell jacket, 3 tops, and now this pant, all from Arcteryx. I love each and every piece. I'm an Arcteryx buyer for life.
I bought these pants for a trip to the Mexico volcanoes: wanted something light and breathable but that could also go the distance up high. Now they are my go-to pant, although I also use the Gamma AR for colder conditions and when real flexibility is not as critical. I wear the LT for morning walks, weekend hikes, climbing - and have even biked in them. They seem indestructible, as I have been sliding on my butt over rough surfaces in rock scrambles and have banged my knees a couple of times so hard that I broke the skin and bled - but not a thread was out of place. Almost weird, but wonderful. I'd buy another pair, but don't need them. I wear XL - a 36 pant (6'2", and 195 lb, with big legs) - about the only pants that really fit me.
These pants are lightweight stretchy and nicely articulated. The fortius fabric is smooth and breathes quite well, it is tough enough to resist quite a bit of abrasion and sheds light precip. Design is quite simple- 2 zippered hand pockets and 1 zippered thigh cargo. Unfortunately no rear pocket which I prefer. built in waist belt is a bonus.
I have a 32"waist with a 32" inseam and got a medium. They fit great through the waist and have a perfect length. The leg openings are small-ish and have a cinch cord to tighten at the cuff. I would have preferd at least another 1" of cuff opening (If i hake in low cut gore tex shoes they get caught in the rear opening which can be annoying.
Overall well thought out pant. Perfect lightweight go-anywhere pant (over a variety of temperatures and conditions)
So other than wearing around the house, the first real test was on the Exum ridge of the Grand last week. These pants performed very well. It was cool enough to wear a lightweight knicker long john underneath...and they layered better than I thought. The pants had just enough stretch, but still felt durable and did not snag or catch on any features. The cinching cord at the cuff came in handy when the wind started blowing high on the ridge. They breathed well enough not to overheat on the descent. I thought these would be a strictly summer only pant, but I am sure they will be good into the low 30's. I have a 32/33 waist and the mediums fit best...better than the medium of the gamma hybrid pant which was way too "slim fitting"....
I don't know what wizardry was used at Arc'teryx to develop these pants, but they are amazing. The fabric is super lightweight, flexible, and soft. All the makings of a delicate piece of clothing. However, these pants are tough. I did a couple hikes through some less-travelled trails which meant that I was frequently getting various Texas scrub-foliage rubbing against my legs as I pushed through. Sometimes a branch would be sharp enough to scratch my leg and cause an abrasion under my pants, but the pants looked like nothing happened.
They breathe well without being breezy, and do well in somewhat windy conditions. In cooler weather I might consider a long baselayer, but I have yet to need it.
Took these on a quick 20 mile 2-nighter near Mt. Whitney. We caught the tail end of the first snow of the season and these held up really well. I was warm, dry, and comfy with temps ranging from the low 30's to mid 40's and snow ranging from nothing to 3' of powder. Great fit and mobility even with multiple base layers. Zippered welded pockets were clutch when trekking through snow covered passes. Can't wait to get back out in these!
I love these pants. I wore them on rainier with Cap 4 and never had an issue. Even with the 60+ winds at Muir. Wore them snow boarding because I didn't want to invest in another pant. Never an issue. Top it all off the they look great around town casual wear. Got a pair of the female version for my girlfriend. Immediately loved them. Articulating fabric gives you plenty of room to do your thing. Like the pocket placement.
I'm 6' 3" with a 31 inch waist and a 34" inseam. Arcteryx currently makes the only hard and softshell pants that seem to fit me well. These are well made, they have great next to skin feel, or you can beef them up for colder temps with a capeline or fleece baselayer. Stretchy enough to stem in while climbing.
These things are a great softshell. They pack down to and weigh nothing, but still provide good wind block. Stretchy fabric makes for easy movement and waist band is super comfy. If you are looking for a sofshell pant and can afford these, then buy them!!!
Good all around light weight pant. Solid wind protection. However, if your rained on this pant sponges up water. My partner and I were high in Rocky Mountain National Park yesterday on a big rock climb and got caught in a solid 30 minutes plus down pour. He has the exact same model pants and we were both soaked to the bone in our legs in three minutes. Once off the wall and the rain stopped they dried out rapidly which was a relief.