Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Marmot Scree Pants

The Marmot Women’s Scree Pant ain’t your mama’s pants … and thank goodness for that! Having worn many types of mountain pants, this style is sure to delight and surprise adventurers with its durable yet comfortable design.

Recently, I wore mine on a multi-pitch climb in Rocky Mountain National Park. They were comfortable and shaped for a woman’s body. The fabric is breathable yet not flimsy. No worries about arriving at the crag all sweaty. When it’s cool and windy outside your bum and legs will thank you for choosing your pants wisely. In colder temperatures you will want to add a bottom layer. The elasticized waist and zippered front make it easy to slide these up or down (great for quick pit stops). I originally thought the belt loops would get in the way or catch on gear, so far that has not been the case. The zipped ankle cuffs house a draw cord for snugging down over ski or mountaineering boots.

On this particular day, after I climbed a few pitches, it dawned on me that a climber definitely engineered these pants. The leg map pocket is just the right size and shape for stowing a topo, lip balm or maybe even your cell phone. The zippered hip pockets are angled so that you can access them with your harness on.

The black stretchy fabric is a plus because it seems to be virtually dirt and snag resistant. Despite multiple outings and brushing against coarse granite crystals, there are still no snags in the material. Dirt never seems to settle into the fabric. You can easily wear these out to dinner at the end of a day of climbing.

For weekend wear up in the mountains or around town these pants are a tremendous value. While the Marmot Women’s Scree Pants may not be your mama’s black pants, they are definitely this mama’s black pants of choice! You’d be surprised how handy that map pocket comes in for grocery store lists and snacks for my daughter.

I’d love to hear what your experiences are with the Marmot Women’s Scree Pants, especially the creative ways you use that handy map pocket.


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