Despite delivering softshell performance Outdoor Research's VooDoo pants are still pretty light. Featuring open hand pockets, one rear patch pocket, one rear zipped pocket and a thigh mounted zipped cargo pocket completes the ensemble.
Outdoor Research says:
The wicking, breathable, double-weave soft shell Voodoo Pants provide all the technical performance and weather protection you need when you're high on a climb, but their casual jean styling lets you go straight from crag to brew pub after a session on the rock.
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Outdoor Research's Voodoo Pants are made from a softshell fabric which will shed light showers and dry quickly. When choosing trekking trousers you would probably go for lightweight materials if trekking in a hot country, but for typical Northern European conditions it can be a good idea to choose softshell. They tend to be a bit heavier than standard trekking trousers, but their weather shedding properties are worth having and the material tends to be tougher.
The VooDoo pants are a good example of this type of trouser, the fabric is a lightweight softshell making these trousers almost as light as non-softshell. Feature-wise they have a mix of five open or zippered pockets, a zip fly and an active gusset in the crotch. This latter feature means you won't get excessive strain on the seams when taking a big step up (or whatever).
There are belt loops and copious amounts of bartacking so they are unlikely to let you down. There's no adjustment at the hem but the stretch in the fabric means the cut can be quite narrow without affecting freedom of movement.
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear
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