Mountain Equipment Orbital Pants

Drilite Stretch 3-layer 20D fabric / 20,000mm HH, 35,000g/m²/24h MVTR
Weighs 256g (Medium size)
Code: SS21610
  • £139.99
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  • RRP £149.99
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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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  MVTR & Breathability explained at Ultralight Outdoor Gear
  • 3 layer DRILITE® STRETCH 20D fabric 
  • Alpine fit with articulated knees 
  • Gusseted crotch for unrestricted movement 
  • 2 pocket openings with YKK® WR zips 
  • Integrated belt with double press-stud waist closure and brace attachment points 
  • 2-way YKK® WR fly zip 
  • Offset ankle zips with internal gusset panel to accommodate all mountain boots
  • 30" waist weighs: 248g
  • 32" waist weighs: 256g
  • 34" waist weighs: 266g
  • 36" waist weighs: 278g


  • 100% Polyester, PU membrane
  • 3 layer DRILITE® STRETCH 20D fabric
  • Hydrostatic head: 20,000mm
  • Breathability: 35,000g/m²/24h
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Review Summary - 5 out of 5 based on 1 rating.
June 24, 2021 | Happy customer

Worn these pants first time today for 14 mile walk/hike in the Scottish hills. Rained all the time, half proper rain other half light rain and these pants held up to the job to my surprise, because they don't feel like they would do the job. Light and stretchy, water marks like on the wet jeans but my legs stayed almost dry and hardly any water got through apart from 1 small spot of wet feeling on the left knee which seemed weird but I didn't feel like investigating it in the pouring rain and it's not enough of a reason for me to be unhappy about the purchase. Well pleased overall. Finally I've got descent Scottish weather pants, as long as they stay this way after more use and washing.

Ultralight Outdoor Gear Limited