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Rab Bergen Pants (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)

Virtual Pack: Rab Bergen Pants

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by Will Rietveld | 2008-01-26 00:08:00-07

This product feature was published in conjunction with the Virtual Pack Project from Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008. Click here for more information about the ORWM 2008 Virtual Pack Project.

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The Rab Bergen eVENT pants have ¾ length water-resistant side zippers with double sliders for easy on and off, and to enhance ventilation. The knees are articulated, and will receive additional reinforcement in the next upgrade. Weight is 12 ounces (340 g) and the MSRP is $175. The Bergen Pant is currently available and comes in sizes S to XXL.

The Bergen Pant was selected for our winter traveler to use for legwear over a baselayer, rather than an “overtrowser” as suggested by Rab. They will be comfortable to wear for moderate and high aerobic activity in cool to cold weather, and additional ventilation can be obtained by opening the side zippers.


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"Rab Bergen Pants (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)," by Will Rietveld. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
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Michael Martin
(MikeMartin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: North Idaho
Rab Bergen Pants (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008) on 01/27/2008 21:51:06 MST Print View

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Roleigh Martin
(marti124) - MLife

Locale: Moderator-JohnMuirTrail Yahoo Group
Re: Rab Bergen Pants (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008) on 01/27/2008 22:26:47 MST Print View

Mike, do you think these pants could serve as the only pants one wears on a JMT hike in late August/early July? Or would they be too warm?

Do they have a zip-off legs, I forgot to double check article before posting the above question.

Thanks.

Rick Dreher
(halfturbo) - MLife

Locale: Northernish California
Re: Rab Bergen Pants (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008) on 01/27/2008 23:11:25 MST Print View

Hi Roleigh,

They'd be pretty hot for fair weather hiking. That's generally a warm, dry time of the year in the high Sierra. I've not seen the RABs myself, but they'd be unusual rain pants with zipoff legs.

If you usually hike in shorts, It'd be possible to have them or something similar as your only full pair of pants, though.

Edited by halfturbo on 01/28/2008 10:55:07 MST.

Will Rietveld
(WilliWabbit) - MLife

Locale: Southwest Colorado
Response to Rab Bergen Pants on 02/02/2008 09:28:03 MST Print View

The Bergen Pant has 3/4 waterproof side zips, but no zip off legs. The face fabric on these pants is fairly soft making them comfortable to wear as hiking pants in cooler weather. I wear thin wool long johns under them for cold weather skiing and hiking. The side zips can be opened for extra ventilation when needed.

I don't recommend them for summer hiking pants. They would be just plain too hot, and the black color doesn't help either. So, for summer hiking, they would serve well as rain pants when needed, but not to wear all the time.