by Don Wilson | 2006-01-28 03:00:00-07
Pants take a lot of beating from bushes, thorns, branches and rocks. While ultralight fabrics for wind shirts are reasonably durable with proper care, lightweight wind pants made from ultralight fabrics have a tendency to rip, tear, or just plain wear out. To create a more durable wind pant, GoLite has developed a new fabric they call WispUltra. This fabric is 98% polyester and 2% carbon fabric with a DWR finish. It is windproof and offers some water protection as well. The WispUltra fabric goes into the new Whim pants; a companion pant to the Wisp wind shirt.
The Whim pants weigh 4 ounces, have a self-stowing back pocket, and a flat braided drawcord at the waist. There are no closures or zippers at the ankles. Will they prove more durable than other ultralight wind pants? We'll get them into the field and let you know.
"GoLite Whim Pants (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)," by Don Wilson. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/golite_whim_pants_orwm2006.html, 2006-01-28 03:00:00-07.