The Mountain Equipment Karakorum Mountain Pant are tough and simple bib-pants for all-round mountain use. These are a great option for a do-it-all waterproof pant for Scottish winter climbing, skiing and ski touring and Alpine climbing.
The Drilite fabric is completely waterproof and breathable, with a tough 70 denier weave reinforced in higher wear areas for extra durability. The full length side zips mean you can easily get the pants on over boots and without removing crampons or skis, and also allow for venting on the walk-in. A drop rear seat means toilet breaks aren't a hassle. Internal gaiters keep the snow out of your boots.
Drilite is a Polyurethane membrane which is designed to be waterproof, highly breathable and durable, it also offers some stretch. It's formed from a single layer which transports water vapour through its structure from the inside whilst being a barrier to water and dirt on the inside. It is laminated to various face fabrics depending on the garment and a Silica coating is applied to the inside, aiding moisture absorption and giving it its dry-touch feel.
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Went for these as significantly cheaper than the ME Havoc or Jottnar Vanir. Can't compare, but these seem well made, comfortable and are standing up well to Winter climbing.
Have tried various trousers before and most are too lightweight (i.e. thin and rip easily) and baggy. These are robust and compared to my previous trousers (columbia) much lighter. They have a close fit which is good when crampons etc are concerned but don't feel restrictive at all.
Plus: Cost, fit and quality of manufacture.
Cons: None so far.
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