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Dynafit Mercury 2 Pant


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Dynafit streamlined the Mercury pant enough to earn it a new number (2). Switching up the fabric mix and weaving the light lining into the inside of the shell material, the designers managed to shave 100 grams of weight and make it even more appropriate for active touring. The Mercury 2 pants have mesh-backed zip-vents on the thighs for dumping excess heat. They feature active-cut knees and abrasion-resistant breathable material. The weave is wind-resistant and water-repellent, yet mixed with elastane (spandex) in order to stretch with you. The pants now feature a Velcro adjustment on the waist to get the right fit, yet are also compatible with Dynafit Suspenders as backup. If you’re looking for a ski touring pant that adapts to many conditions, check out the new Dynafit Mercury DST (durable softshell).

  • Stretch woven softshell is wind and water resistant.
  • Ventilation zips on outer thigh have a fine mesh backing.
  • Waist is adjustable with a Velcro strap on both sides.
  • Adjustable internal gaiter keeps snow out of your boots.
  • Belt loops and suspender hooks enable backup support.
  • Two waist and one thigh pocket offer ample storage.
  • Shell is coated with a durable water repellent (DWR).
  • Durable scuff guards protect the lowers from skis.
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550g [M]
Ventilation Side zips
Pockets 2 side, 1 right thigh
Waist Velcro adjust, belt loops
Cuffs Snow gaiters
Specs Verified Yes
Fit Regular
Materials   Shell: 65% nylon, 26% polyester, 9% spandex
Lining: 100% polyester
Insulation N/A
Lining Brushed
Coating DWR
Skimo Co Says
Usage Touring, mountaineering
Notes No expensive membrane
Bottom Line Functional and inexpensive pants
Compare to other Men's Touring Pants

Questions & Reviews

Neil B (used product regularly)
Great backcountry pants that have it all. Breathability, stretchability, and relatively lightweight. I tend to run a bit hot and most days these do not get hot because the side vents allow ample airflow. The inner gaiter covers my boots keeping snow out of boots, and the outer shell covers my boot nicely while still allowing easy access to change from climb to ski mode. Pockets are placed appropriately and the leg pocket is perfect for a phone or beacon. Overall, I really enjoy the pant and encourage anyone to pick up a pair.
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Logan D (used product regularly)
Bottom line - a workhorse touring pant, worth every penny.

Fit - I'm 5'8", 150lb, the US small (32) is perfect except they're a little long when I'm not in ski boots. The waist is a bit loose on me but I tighten it with the velcro. It does hug a little tighter in the rear end, but it makes the wife happy! In fact she loves them. The pant fits over my touring boots easily. The inner gaiter hugs the top of the boot with rubber and elastic, and does its job keeping out the powder as expected.

For men, we want freedom of movement so the stride isn't restricted on burly uphill climbs, but the crotch can't be too tight. A man's got to breathe! You don't wanna be choosing which side of the fence you're on, that's like so 1700's. I feel like this is a good balance.

Speaking of breathing - I'd say they're a step down from racing pants in terms of weight, warmth, and breathability. The side vents are easy to use and if you forget to close them on the descent, the tight-woven mesh fabric still keeps the powder out. They are totally windproof for those gusty days and they keep me warm even when I'm sweating like a pig. I sometimes add a thin baselayer but they are soft and comfy against the skin and I often find that even in the winter I don't need the baselayer under these.

Durability - nylon won't stand up to being pinched between a razor-sharp ski edge and a boot. These are reinforced around the boot, but mine do have a couple of small holes. I think they're as durable as one can expect.

Material - I don't know why anyone would ever go with goretex or similar "waterproof, breathable" pants for backcountry skiing unless you're planning to ski in a heavy rain storm! Soft shell fabric is the way to go for your shell, top and bottom. Just enough protection from the elements, but so much more breathable and more stretch. And I love how they're soft on the inside. Feels nice and never gets "clammy" when wet.

Pockets - Love the shallower, smaller upper pockets for my keys to keep them warm. The 3rd lower pocket? Well, who puts stuff on their lower thighs when skiing?? Seems redundant, oddly placed, like maybe it's for fashion? It is nice that your phone or wallet can go there and not impair hip flexion but I never use it.
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Question from Brent
I tried on a pair of the Mercury pants the other day. They seem like exactly what I'm looking for in terms of material, weight, non-elastic adjustable waist, pockets, etc. One problem, they are just a bit too snug in the seat and hips, enough to feel like they are fighting my stride. I have some lighter weight Dynafit Transalper pants from a couple years back that fit me very well, baggy even, so I was surprised. I'm 6'0'' 170lbs, runner build, a little more booty from skiing than your average runner but nothing spectacular. I fit a lot of medium products out there. I tried a medium in the Mercury pants, and I'm about to order a Large from you guys but I suspect the length and leg volume might be wrong. Aside form the Nomix and Millets that you mentioned in the other answer here, do you have any other pants that would be similar? I do like having vents in warmer pants so not sure about the Nomix.
Answer from Nate
Hi Brent, I totally hear where you are coming from. The Mercury pant can definitely start out feeling a bit more snug. One thing I would mention is that they seem to relax and stretch quite a bit over time. After 2 season in them, I barely recognize the original fit. My wife has experienced similar relaxation in her Mercury pants as well. The one other pant I would suggest considering if you are set on getting away from the Mercury would be the Millet Extreme Rutor Shield Pant
Answer from Brent
Thanks, that's good to know. It wouldn't take much relaxation to fix the fit for me. I'll give the Mercury pants a real shot. Should I wear them into the hot springs to speed up the process to 1 season? Surfing? Hot yoga? Never tried heat molding pants. What could possibly go wrong? Just kidding.
Answer from Brent
Took them for a tour this morning, then a few hours on the hill at mammoth. Great pants! Comfy and the mobility is excellent. Warm enough without being too hot, and the vents work well. The fit is working out fine. Thanks!
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Question from doug
I have a 32-33" waist and am 6"3" 185 lbs with fairly big legs, seems like I'd be swimming in the large, but would medium be pretty tight?
Answer from Trace Leches
Hey Doug! Large, for sure. Medium would be so tight around the legs and the waist is adjustable enough that it'd be pretty easy cinch it down with the velcro.
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Question from Jesse
If I am a size 30 waist, with legs on the longer side (6'0", 145 lbs), what size do you think I should get these in?
Also, any idea how they compare to the Mercury Pro WST? Any chance they would be too warm for spring use?
Answer from Trace Leches
Hey Jesse, thanks for reaching out. It's tough to say exactly as your waist is better suited to a Small while your legs seem like they'd be better in a Large. I think splitting the difference to get a Medium would be the best solution, however that's only because I think getting a Small or a Large would be even worse as far as fit goes.

I have a similar waist to leg length issue (only I have really short legs for my 5' 9" stature) and have found that the Crazy Idea Nomix Pant has one of the longest leg lengths for the waist. It's basically the Crazy Idea version of the Mercury 2 pant, just with a slightly different cut (a bit more tapered through the leg, more space in the caboose/trunk/booty). No side vents though, so if that's the reason you like the Mercury 2 then I'd stay away from the Nomix.

Another one worth looking at is the Millet LTK XCS Pant. Same length as the Nomix, but ever so slightly baggier (basically the same, but it's slightly different), but a very similar finish to the Mercury 2.
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