/ Soft Shell trousers winter use
I'm considering changing my tried and tested goretex plus fleece system and am interested in peoples experiences.
There seems to be three options
arkteryx Burly 1,2 or 3.
other own brand. Patagonia?
I have some good quecho grey things. Quite light but worked well in the alpine summer
looking for a good scottish day outfit that I can ski tour in.
Have used the "quecho grey things" for a lot of winter stuff with merino legging underneath.
Good for 'steaming' into routes as they are very breathable,then gortex trousers over the top to climb if the weather is poor.
In shocking weather, working with slow group I'll wear Keela salopettes with powerstretch, shocking weather personal climbing I'll wear quecha stretchy waterproof trousers with braces and thigh cooling zips.
The real enemy in winter climbing is getting to hot!
North Face Apex soft shell trousers seem good - warm but breathable, and they fit well (at least they fit me well). Robust too - I've dragged my way up a fair few routes in them and they are none the worse for wear!
I wrote a review of the Arcteryx pants on my website, there's also a link to the Alpine Guides site at the bottom of the article and those guys seem to love their's for Scottish winter.
My G2s are on there way out and I'm considering replacing them with Arcteryx's Fury AR pants, basically a wind stopper version of the Gamma SKs.
They're amazing pants, paired with Patagonia Capilene 2 leggings I've never had a single bad day out in Scotland, the Lakes or Wales. Just brilliant kit.
Mountain Equipment G2 Pants are pretty good too.
another vote for backcountry guides.
although this season im also trying out vapour rise pants, with a hardshell for the climb.
Just got myself a pair of patagonia Northwall pants (their improved version of buffalo). Very light, warm and breathable.
Neil Newton Taylor
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