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by GhostSpyderfromGood PantsI used this pair of pants on a NOLS trip. This was the only pair of pants I wore for three weeks straight, and they worked wonderfully. The only problem was the waist was too large, but then again, I am very skinny. The material was durable and stayed together under difficult conditions. I would buy them again.
Date published: 2012-08-07
Rated 4out of5
by BrahanfromThey're good, but coupla issues..I bought a pair of these when I was visiting Seattle and was so utterly chuffed with them that I ordered another pair when I got home to UK, which is quite a compliment considering the vast extra cost and hassle involved. I practically live in them from late Autumn to early Spring. The plus points have been well covered in other reviews [@]: very comfortable, very hard wearing, reasonably trouser-like in appearance, not waterproof but they dry out quick.. I guess I wear them instead of jeans except they're vastly harder wearing and more comfortable.The reason I'm writing this review is that I'm going to order another couple of pairs despite knowing the following downsides going in:- Because of the material, the waistband can sag untidily across the big gap between the front two belt loops. REI could fix this by putting the frontmost left loop right up close to the fly.- The pants have two sewn back pockets which I find useless, and three much more useful fromt pockets which are glued (!). The glue deteriorated over time. I need to get mine oversewn at a tailor's. I did email REI with a photo of this decay and asking for advice on repair but no reply (odd, I usually find them very helpful).REI should save the cost of the back pockets and make all the others fully sewn and do something about the belt loops.Great pants tho.
Date published: 2011-11-25
Rated 4out of5
by Mr. GreenjeansfromGetting Better All The TimeI bought a new pair in December 2011 and this is my third pair of Mistral Pants. I've had the two perevious versions. The first pair I bought, maybe 4 years ago was nothing much to write about, it was not durable. The second pair had greatly improved fabric. This pair's fabric is improved again & seems to be on par with the Schoeller Dryskin fabric found in the REI Acme pants, though thinner & lighter.
Date published: 2011-12-20
Rated 4out of5
by DishevildfromVersatile Outdoor PantThe Mistral is lightweight and comfortable and excels in activities like hiking, cycling, and rock climbing. I use them for back-country nordic skiing in warmer weather and I've even faked business casual at the office with the addition of a nice button-up.
The front pockets don't interfere with a harness. The material is stretchy so it's great for rock climbing and cycling. I added a button and loop near the ankle that gathered the material to work better as a cycling pant. The leg zips can be used to allow the legs to be rolled up in warm weather. Overall, it's the most versatile outdoor pant I've owned.
Date published: 2012-01-29
Rated 4out of5
by SMXStevefromGreat all around outdoor pantI like these pants. They are great for outdoor activities like snowshoeing, hiking, etc. I think they would be too hot for biking except making commuting or light riding. Pockets are small as they are with most pants in this category.
These are great, comfortable pants but I do prefer the Marmot Scree Pant for fit and comfort. The Marmot is more comfortable (a bit softer) and has elastic in the waist so they'll never be too tight...
Date published: 2013-02-28
Rated 4out of5
by MAerofromGood valueI was looking for an entry-level softshell pant to wear on alpine scrambles and climbs that I wouldn't mind putting a crampon through. These seemed to fit the bill. I got them and the build quality seemed OK - stitching wasn't perfect cosmetically everywhere but it seemed solidly built.
My concern after seeing the very stretchy, thin fabric in the legs was that the fabric wouldn't be tight enough to block wind. After a day of 35+ mph gusts at a ski resort, I'm satisfied that the pants block wind at least to 25 mph as advertised. The stretch is a big advantage in the legs - they actually fit (albeit snugly) over alpine boot tops. They worked well blocking snow and moisture for me on a powder day. With a lightweight wool base layer they were sufficiently warm with activity down to 0F wind chill.
The only downside is that if you are tall and lanky like me, the waist will not be very snug. You may want a web belt with the pants. I ended up just tucking my fleece in and that was enough. The fit everywhere but the waist is athletic and moves very well with you during high activity. Breathes very well. Nice pockets!
Date published: 2013-03-08
Rated 5out of5
by jumpinfromYou won't find a more versitile pant.I use these pants day in and day out from the office to the back woods in summer and winter day after day and they perform outstanding and last and last and last. I have not found a pant that is more comfortable, versitile, and rugged. Although they seem delicate, they can withstand harsh bramble and scrapes on rock face without snagging or tearing.
Date published: 2014-03-20
Rated 5out of5
by jheartsfieldfromThese pants will blow your existing pants off.I've been wearing the Mistral pants for the past 2 years almost exclusively and I can say they are, without a doubt, the best pants I've ever worn. The fabric is light, flexible and, although not waterproof, the water repellent material quickly dries any moisture that manages to stick. The fabric is also insanely durable for how flexible and light if feels.
The shape and flexibility of these pants provides the wearer with an unfettered range of motion. I used to blow the knees out of jeans regularly when crouching down. Not anymore.
Zippered pockets are great for retaining change and other valuables. These pants are extremely versatile as well. You can take them hiking in the back country or pair them with a dress shirt and go out for a casual night on the town. They are very wrinkle resistant and more comfortable than your favorite pair of jeans.
The only negative thing that comes to mind is the pocket lining material (mesh) is a little weak and can tear/rip if you carry anything pointed in your pockets. Key rings/chains can become caught in the pocket lining if you have a bulking key set.
Despite my nit picking on pockets, I cannot recommend these pants highly enough. If you're looking for something with non-zippered front pockets, check out the Kuhl Carbon pants (zippered side pockets). I just recently decided to try these out (on clearance) and they are also a very high quality set of leg coverings. They're slightly baggier in the legs and are made of a lighter, less flexible fabric but the Kuhl Carbon pants are still very nice and worth checking out.
Date published: 2014-04-24
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