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.
|Pockets||2 side, 1 right thigh|
|Waist||Velcro adjust, belt loops|
||Shell: 65% nylon, 26% polyester, 9% spandex
Lining: 100% polyester
|Skimo Co Says|
|Notes||No expensive membrane|
|Bottom Line||Functional and inexpensive pants|
|Compare to other Men's Touring Pants|
Questions & Reviews
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.
Also, any idea how they compare to the Mercury Pro WST? Any chance they would be too warm for spring use?
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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