Overall: Five Stars for a highly water-resistant pant with full side zippers, with the weight only a fraction of the types of shell pants that are typically lugged around the backcountry. The Flash Competition Pants are perfect for racing and training when your lycra suit might not be quite enough. Only major caveat is that they definitely won’t hold up to sustained rain.
Background on product familiarity: For three seasons so far, I’ve brought along the Flash Pants pretty much whenever I’ve worn a lycra race suit for training or racing, and for many tours also. Usually just stays buried inside my pack though. Sizing for CAMP clothing is somewhat of a mystery, but the size Medium seems to have just the right relatively loose fit on me (at 5’8” 145lb, with 32” waist).
First, the first impressions out of the box: Finally, some additional lower body protection against the elements with almost no weight and bulk penalty inside your pack!
Everything is miniaturized, so putting them on with frozen fingers in the middle of a race might be tricky. The “waiting for the flood” shortened inseam does look kind of funny, but anyone who would mock you for this is too overburdened with heavy gear to keep up with you.
Second impressions, in use: The extra protection from the elements is just perfect for when your lycra race suit isn’t quite enough. And I stayed dry once from a surprise ~15-minute rainstorm. But it eventually soaked through completely on another tour from a long sustained rain.
Third impressions, for long-term durability: Since it has mainly stayed in my pack, I can’t say. But definitely not the material choice for long nasty bushwhacks.
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