The Mountain Equipment 3/4 Compressor Pants are lightweight and packable synthetically insulated pants designed to be carried as an extra throw on layer when ski touring. The outer fabric is lightweight Helium 20, which is completely wind proof, and the insulation used in the Compressor Pants is Polarloft.
As they are 3/4 length pants with a full length, double zip side zipper they are ideal for quickly taking on and off when ski touring as there is no need to take step out of your bindings, or even bend down to fiddle with a hem attachment. The waist is fully elasticated and is secured with a double press stud closure and zipped fly. There is a single zipped rear pocket which the pants can be packed into and then secured to your harness or pack with the twin carabiner carry loops.
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This is one of those unsexy bits of kit that turns out to be rather useful. I've used them on three winter hut trips so far. As the huts here have no wardens they are chilly till you get the stove going and these overtrousers are perfect to pull on and stay warm. They are light, pack up small into the rear pocket, and keep you warm! They are comfortable enough to sleep in, though I didn't need to. I like the 3/4 length and did not miss the extra few inches as long socks or hut bootees took care of that.
They are sized to go over regular trousers so I went for a medium which is my usual size. This is fine for me, though it may be wise to size up if you are not sure as they are quite snug. It is theoretically possible to put them on without taking skis off by completely unzipping each side, though I found the zips a bit fiddly at times even without gloves on.
I am very pleased with these and can see them also getting a lot of use on spring and autumn cycle camping trips. I thought about four stars because of the zips but decided that would be mean as it is probably more my clumsiness!
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