The Mountain Equipment Odyssey Pants are lightweight waterproof over trousers for those who want a high level of protection which isn't going to add unnecessary weight if they end up being carried as a backup rather than worn. For waterproofing the Odyssey uses Mountain Equipment's Drilite in a 3 layer construction, this gives top end waterproofing and breathability, this is protected with a 40D outer fabric which is light, but still able to withstand some tough use.
The Odyssey Pants have an Alpine fit so there's no excess fabric to compliment it's minimalist approach. A gusseted crotch keeps movement unrestricted and there are 2 full length 2 way YKK side zips for maximum venting and making the Odyssey Pants easy to get on and off.
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Seven years ago I bought the ME Rainfall pants from Facewest. Within a week I discovered that the rather 'sticky' lining made it difficult to get them on and off over boots, even with the zips fully open. Within another week I had torn the flimsy material on crampons and although I managed to patch repair them, they were consigned to the dog walking clothing.
The Odyssey pant however is more rugged, only slightly heavier but most importantly for me, the smoother lining material means I can get them on and off over boots without hopping around and cursing. The side zips are chunkier than on the Rainfalls and even with grit and mud in them, I could still open and close them.
I have just returned from a week's hill walking in Assynt and the Odyssey pants were worn every day. The mild conditions meant I kept the side zips open at the top and this provided sufficient ventilation to prevent overheating. They came back caked in mud but cleaned up really well. They've just been in the washing machine (30 degrees) and they look like new.
I'm very happy them so far and I dare say they'll get a lot more use this autumn.
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