Rating: 5 / 5
These are the mate to the Montbell vest and jacket top that have been reviewed here.
For me, they are for sleeping gear and wearing in extreme cold as hiking mid-layer (or just going out of doors from the house as an outter layer), and cooling down in camp or in the car going home.
They appear to be durable, have not used them much. Mainly used as sleeping gear so far, combined with Integral Designs Hot Socks for lower body.
Weight is listed as 10 oz. (I had intended to buy the down pants at 7.4 oz., but they were out of stock.)
The wasteband is adjustable and the snap and zipper seem durable.
Zippers from cuff at bottom up both sides. Tab with snap pulls across the zipper when all the way down to lock it in place ... I guess. Don't use the side zipper, or have not so far ... although it is great for ventilation, I guess.
Pockets with zippers are a plus for use when they are the main outter layer, but not of much use when a mid-layer. The pockets are good for stuffing polypro glove liners and windshirt ... but don't need them or the zippers on the pockets usually.
They are plenty warm and functional for sleeping in, plus add a cushy soft layer over the snow under the tent when it has hardened up.
They are easy to slip on and off over socks and baselayer of expedition weight (old designation, now Base 4 or 5 I believe) Patagonia capilene long johns.
The Hot Socks have a great band at the top which seals over the lower leg opening of the Thermawraps and creates a wind proof bottom layer from waist down to the soles of the feet. (The Hot Socks can be used on snow, but get cold easily, so are not that great a snow camp bootie IMO -- also wouldn't want them to get wet when they are my sleeping bootie for foot comfort.
This gear appears to be working in concert with my upper layers and a MH Phantom 32 F down bag over GG pads, Emergency Bivvy Sack, and Tyvek ground cloth over the Rainshadow 2 Tarptent floor to keep me comfortable, if not hot down to 19 F so far. Hoping to get to try it out down to 10 F or 0 F if the weather sets up.
Durable, functional and can even serve as an outter layer with no problem. So they get a 5 as one of the pieces of gear that goes in my winter camping list, and for the cold fall and spring nights or days during the transition to summer nights.
Since they are of high quality and they will be in my winter pack or worn until I am warmed up or when I need to, they get a 5 as a keeper and will be used item.
Pants w/ ID Hot Socks