I purchased these to use as my main touring pant for this season of resort skinning and backcountry trips, with the additional intention of use for some recreational racing.
The fit is athletic / Euro, as to be expected with a Dynafit product. I'm 5'9", 165lbs with a 33" waist, and the US small fits perfectly. In the past I have had trouble finding pants that are tight in the waist, yet fit over my rather large thighs, but these seem to do the trick. The upper leg fits snugly, though perhaps a degree looser than full-on spandex. Around the calf and boot line, the pant is more loose. Length is perfect, with the bottom of the pant covering most of my boot-top and buckles.
As far as fabric goes, for the described intentions, this pant hits the mark. The outer softshell layer is stretchy and breathable, and seems to repel modest amounts of liquid as well as shield from most wind. (I have yet to encounter any serious precipitation, so I'll have to reserve judgement for the time being.) Inside there is a thin layer of fleece, which is comfortable against skin and provides sufficient warmth. Thus far, I've been able to wear these in temperatures as low as 15F / -10C without a baselayer underneath. Breathability is quite good - if you're coming from a heavier shell outerlayer, the difference will be noticeable (though I suspect this is a rare Skimo.co customer). The side vents, which extend from waist to knee, do a reasonable job of preventing overheating. For cold temperature climates and casual touring, the ratio of breathability to protection is perfect. In warmer temperatures or at a more grueling pace, however, something lighter might be preferred (with the caveat that I tend to run warmer than most).
Pocket space is sufficient - the two hip pockets are easily accessible, even with the close-ish fit. The thigh pocket may be useful for a map or something of equivalent size, but storage of anything larger would be uncomfortable when moving.
As another reviewer mentioned, the velcro on the cuff is somewhat of a nuisance, as it catches on clothing underneath. Additionally, while the gaiter is nice, it is somewhat tight on larger boots. As a result, with some boot styles or sizes, one might have to leave the lower portion unzipped/unsnapped to accommodate a boot cuff. It's also worth noting that there is no cutout for Dynafit Ultra Lock system, unlike some of their other pant offerings.
Overall, this is a great pair of pants for anyone looking to move quickly uphill, but wants added warmth and functionality of something heavier than spandex (though still reasonably light) at a reasonable price.
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