The Orbital Pants are designed to feel soft and comfortable like soft shell pants while providing the protection of more traditional hardshell over trousers. A good set of features help make these practical pants for a range of conditions.
Mountain Equipment says:
Waterproof, stretchy trousers that are comfortable enough to wear all day whilst trekking and climbing through fast changing conditions.
Changing the way you dress in rapidly changing weather, Orbital Pants are light, stretchy and breathable enough to wear all day whether hiking in the mountains or climbing on more technical ground. Trim fitting and with an ankle that accommodates any boot these are trousers that won’t hold you back.
Mountain Equipment's Orbital Pants use Drilite Stretch fabric to blur the lines between hardshell and softshell with this stretchy and comfortable pair of waterproof pants. The Drilite fabric provides some impressive stats with 20,000 HH and 35,000 MVTR which would be great on a more traditional hard shell, let alone on something like this. The outer has a soft feel and provides a good amount of stretch that allows excellent freedom of movement.
To back up the impressive fabric these pants there are two good sized front pockets that are over layed on the fabric so they don't compromise the waterproofing. The fly and closure is one of the most impressive set ups seen on waterproof pants, especially at this low weight. These have all the comfort and features for all day wear in changeable conditions but are still light enough to go in your pack for emergency use.
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear
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