Michael (GearZone.com Tester) from Utah, United States
The Montane Featherlite Pants are great for cold weather hiking, trail running, backpacking, biking, etc. They breathe really well, yet cut almost all wind and resist rain. Their rain resistance was really good the first season I wore them. By the next year the DWR (Durable Water Repellent Finish) needed some help. I sprayed some Revivex on them and they were as good as new.
I like the short ankle zippers, they make it possible to pull over shoes. The reflective stripe on the bottom is a nice safety feature when you are on the roads. Even during more intense activities like trail running or mountain biking, the Featherlite Pants breathe well. The Pertex fabric is an awesome combination of protection, breathability and being lightweight. Durability has been really good, I haven’t put a hole in the yet, despite running and hiking in thick vegetation. The only way I can think to make them better is to give the material a little stretch, but I am sure that would increase the weight considerably which I wouldn’t want.
I throw these pants in whenever I go out training if there is even a slight chance of rain or cold. They stuff super small, about the size of a medium apple. It is amazing how small and light the pants are in their stuff sack! The Featherlites are awesome pants for multiple outdoor activities.
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