I ordered a new pair of Montane eVent Spectra hard shell pants this week for winter hiking and mountaineering. They looked really great online, with full waterproof side zips and removable suspenders. Plus I got them at a 30% discount.
When they arrived, I was in love. They fit really well and were made with highly breathable eVent, which I’ve been wanting to try for a while. Breathability is especially important in winter when you want to keep your base layers as dry as possible to avoid getting chilled.
The list of features went on: reinforced panels on the knees and seat, an elastic draw cord waist, a waterproof zippered fly, a high crotch for ease of climbing, reinforced calf panels to prevent crampon punctures, and adjustable volume zip sleeves at the ankles to fit mountaineering or ski boots.
Unfortunately, they have one acute design flaw which I only uncovered climbing Mt Tom this weekend. The side waistband snaps above the full length zips don’t stay snapped when the zips are pulled down. Without a proper waistband circuit, the front of the pants flop open.
It’s hard to believe that this snap mechanism got through Montane’s design and testing process. If they’d only used a velcro fastener above the zipper or made the zip 7/8 long and kept the waist band intact, these would be awesome pants. I thought about making this alteration myself, but I’m too disappointed to go ahead with it. I’m sending these back for a refund and I’ll be sticking with my existing Marmot Full Zip Precip pants for another winter. They cost 1/4 the price, but Marmot got the waistband design right.
Disclosure: The author owns this product and purchased it using their own funds.
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