Reinforced, windproof butt should probably make cold weather sitting more bearable.
The same panel fabric also shows welcome protection to the front of your respective thighs. Knees are articulated.
Rearfoot cuffs get kick-patches and archived gusset to accommodate larger winter mtn boots.
Grid backing adds a bit insulation to black Apex Standard areas.
Twin hand-pockets, zipped skim with elasticated belt and press-studs.
First Look – The North Face The winter months Speed Pant: £120 / 540g
New for autumn/winter 2014, a bitter winter Speed Pant is a tough-feeling, flexible, springy, pliable mountain-walking trouser with added fortification in strategic areas that should be just right for winter mountain use.
Four-way stretch Nylon double weave with diamond back support with DWR
The Winter Speed Shorts feels instantly and reassuringly rough. The main fabric is a stretchy, lustrous, woven soft shell fabric possessing DWR (Durable Water Repellent) strategies that should take the edge off frosty winds and shrug off light-weight showers and the odd snowball that.
There’s more to them than the ordinary fabric though, the fronts of your respective thighs, knees, seat and central ankle use additional panels with Apex Universal fabric, a fully windproof and very water resistant soft shell possessing light, gridded backer for a bit of more warmth.
The look on our review try out is very, well, American or ls, but the pants are also available in a considerably less obtrusive all-black version. We are fond of those big front of ” leg ” panels in particular, they should take the restless off headwinds and add a decent amount of heat and protection without being full-on well over trousers and losing valuable aireness.
The seat panel, we’re a little less a number of about, but it should be welcome when you’re sitting on a cold wet small gravel, or maybe a bucket seat involved in the snow. And the ankle scuff which might be are a no-brainer.
The fit is nice trim but not ballerina tight, truthfully because of the stretch in the fabric or a gusseted crotch, they’re not wirelessly restrictive. And a plus of the better leg fit is that if you are of technical terrain not only is there barely enough flapping, but you can also see your toes and fingers easily.
Speaking of which, zipped gussets on the outside of each ankle mean you will be able to accommodate quite beefy mtn boots and while these are specced mainly because ‘winter hiking’ wear, with the addition of two braces, we’d happy use them to get more technical, mountaineering stuff.
There are the zipped hand-pockets, a horizontal rip thigh pocket – clock regarding subtle yellow feature zip viewpoint and full zip-fly. The waist is fastened with two protected press-studs backed up with a brazen, azure, elasticated belt. The belt’s just anaemic on our test trousers, truthfully a good waist fit means that is not really been an issue for us up to now.
The DWR treatment is predictably best out of the box, but we’ll observe it copes with use while winter arrives in earnest.
We rate stretch soft-shell legwear in this way for winter mountain use. The situation generally gives decent weather exposure, great mobility and better comfort System.Drawing.Bitmap fully waterproof cases or windproof other approaches. What we really like about the Winter Acceleration Pants on top of a great cut or a reassuringly rugged feel, are those windproof and nigh-on waterproof reinforced instruction which give a bit more protection with out sacrificing breathability.
You’ll still need a bit waterproof case for iPhone 5 overtrousers if it really also down, but for all-round, cold-weather mtn use, we reckon these are will be spot on. Also available in all-black tone option and women’s version.
Standard current North Face range at http://www.thenorthface.co.uk
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