Rating: 5 / 5
I bought these pants because out of the pletora of sub 16 oz. softshell pants on the market, they were about the only model that seemed to come with multiple zippered pockets (3), a built in belt, and chamois lined waist.
ArcTeryx lists 44 different pants models on their website! The Gamma LT is described as the lightest softshell they produce suitable for "Alpine pursuits". Apparently, softshell to Arc'Teryx means: stretch-woven, breathable, and DWR, since the company makes lighter pants.
My size XL weighs 12.6 ounces. The weight of the pants could probably be reduced one to two more ounces by removing the closure at the hem of the pants.
The pants are far more breathable than my nylon MH Canyon pants.
I have not worn the pants in heavy rain yet but after three washings, water still beads up on the surface.
Room for improvement:
I would like 1 more inch of rise in the waist, especially to enable me to wear a Patagonia R1 layer underneath them for winter camping.
Not cheap. I waited to find them on sale at MG in Seattle.
One more pocket would be nice but that would increase the weight.