Excellent light soft shell; dismiss the hype
I had a pair of these that were 12 years old when I handed them down to a youngster and he's still climbing in them. Admittedly these are not going to hold up if you are scraping around on JT granite but for general mountain use they hold up suprisingly well. Just a word about the retail myth of "water repellancy" in these and other soft shell pants #not waterproof breathable laminates#. Woven nylon fabric ArcTeryx or otherwise, absorbs water VERY efficiently and that quality is hardly mitigated much less overcome by sprayed-on waterproofing. If we're talking about a small enough amount of H2O so as to not matter anyway, #light mist, drops from your Camelbak hose, salesperson demonstration# then yes it will bead up provided you have not been thrashing around enough to wear off the "Durable Water Repellancy." Softshells without a laminate have no inherent water resistance. The opposite is true. Fit: these are slimmer than the Gamma MX. I went up one size to a large. I am 5'11" 185 with a 32" waist. Weight: these are light enough to use all-around i.e., run, lift, climb, snowshoe with the same pants.
just what I was looking for
These were an x-mas present to myself and I've been using them for the past week for my seven-mile bike commute in eastern Massachusetts. They have been very comfortable in temps ranging from about 30 to the mid 40's. At 30 degrees, without any other layer, they start out feeling a little cool but after a little vigorous pedaling my legs feel just right. I would imagine they will be fine by themselves down to the mid 20's. Below that I'd probably want to wear some long underwear too. They do a nice job of cutting the wind I've encountered, which has been gusts to about 30 mph. Riding in a light rain was no problem either--the rain drops just beaded up. At 6'2' and 145 lbs I got a very good fit with the tall medium, with no gap at the ankle for cold air to enter. (My jean size is usually 30x34.) Really I am very glad I spent the money on these. They are very thoughtfully designed and well made and I expect I'll get a lot of good use out of them for biking and hiking in all seasons.
Everyone was right, great pants!
As I've read review on different softshell pants, I noticed the Gamma lt pant was always at the top of everyone's list. Well after using them for a few months I'm happy to report that everone was right, I love these pants. The design is very simple; 2 front zip pockets and one on the side, drawstrings at the bottom to adjust fit, and that's about it. But the best part for me is the fabric. It is called Fortius and I love the feel. It is very stretchy and breathable and the finish of the material almost has a waxy type finish which add to the look and comfort of the pant. The stitching is very clean and just about every seam has been double stitched for durability. I would guess the gamma lt pants block about 70% of the wind and are water resistant. I hope in years to come Arcteryx makes some other colors of this pant like maybe a deep dusk or a navy blue. I'm gonna start saving up cause I want another pair