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Lachlan Fysh
(lachlanfysh) - M
NOLS windpants on 01/21/2014 21:31:34 MST Print View


I stumbled on this Outdoor Gear Lab dream list ther other day:

I get most of the choices, but I was surprised by the Hiking pants, firstly because they are wind pants (Houdini) but also because the number 1 pick is the apparently cheap and cheerful NOLS windpants... I googled them to understand if there was any secret quality hiding there, and stumbled upon this out dated gear list this has a weight of 2.5 oz against them:

If true, this would make them lighter than the Houdini pants with 1000 denier reinforcements... I don't believe it, but they seem seem like a decent pair of affordable pants to throw in my pack and put on when shorts have been a mistake. Any users with a comment?

Stephen Collins
(stephencwcollins) - F

Locale: New England
Weight on 01/21/2014 21:53:55 MST Print View

I tried on a pair of NOLS wind pants recently and they were a lot heavier than the Houdini pants. Don't know the exact weight but it was a significant difference in my opinion. I couldn't say why Outdoor Gear lab picked them as their fave pant.

Lachlan Fysh
(lachlanfysh) - M
price? on 01/21/2014 22:08:13 MST Print View

I'd say price... but then they picked the M10 as a rain shell so..

Hamish Reid
(MrExplorerDouglas) - MLife

Locale: Arthur's Pass National Park
NOLS Windpant weight on 01/22/2014 18:23:32 MST Print View

My NOLS wind pants, bought back around 2006, are 260g. That'd be about 9 ounces I think. I'm not sure if they've lightened them up since then?


Clint E
Light but tight on 01/23/2014 16:33:58 MST Print View

I bought a pair as a result of that article.

They're 9.8oz (278g)for the XL.

They're not cut for anyone with a reasonable amount of junk in the trunk. If you couldn't comfortably fit into a pair of Levis 550s back in the day, don't even try with these.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: Light but tight on 01/23/2014 17:38:26 MST Print View

One of my gripes about wind pants (and rain pants) is their excessive bagginess, I think I'll give these a try. I don't think the extra weight is a big deal if you are using them as your main pants for cold weather backpacking. But for pants that stay in the pack part of the time, I agree, too heavy.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Re: Light but tight on 01/23/2014 20:33:22 MST Print View

The montane featherlight windpants are close fitting.