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Ibex Fall Line Pant
Long Term Report April 4, 2006
Name: Jason Boyle
Height: 5' 6"/ 1.68 m
Weight: 170 lb/ 77 kg
Waist: 36"/ 91 cm
Hips: 42"/ 107 cm
Thighs: 21"/ 53 cm
Inseam: 28"/ 71 cm
Email address: c4jc "at" hotmail "dot" com
City, State, Country: Snoqualmie, WA, U. S.
I have been camping and backpacking for about 17 years. My
introduction to the outdoors started with the BSA and has continued
as an adult. I have hiked mostly in the Southeastern and
Northeastern United States. I am generally a lightweight hiker, but
will carry extras to keep me comfortable. Most of my hiking and
backpacking takes place in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, but I can be
found exploring the other wild areas of Washington!
Model: Fall Line Pant
Color: Stone (received), Black
Year of Manufacture: 2005
Listed weight: 21 oz (595 g)
Measured weight: 23 oz (652 g)
**Disclaimer: The closest my scale will measure is in whole ounces.**
Fabric Content: Climawool® Cirrus softshell (PTT, Polyester
exterior, 100% eco-washed wool interior)
Listed Dimensions: Waist 34-36" (86-91 cm), Inseam 31" (79 cm)
MSRP: $225 US
Country of Manufacture: China with imported fabrics
The Ibex Fall Line Pant are winter pants made of a wool soft shell
material. This is the third of three reports. Please seem my
initial and field reports for more information.
Long Term Field Conditions:
Since the last report I have experienced wind, rain, snow, and the
occasional sunny day while wearing the pants. I have continued to
use the pants while downhill skiing, although they are best used
when it is not snowing. In addition to skiing, I have used the
pants on two day hikes, one with a full pack, a snowshoe trip with
full pack and on a two day backpacking/car camping trip. Locations
included the Alpine Lakes Wilderness in the Mt Baker Snoqualmie
National Forest, the Summit at Snoqualmie, Squak Mountain State Park
in Washington State, Castle Crags State Park and Wilderness and
Joshua Tree National Park in California. Elevation ranged from sea
level to 5000' (1524 m) and temperatures ranged from 30 to 50 F (-1
to 10 C).
I like these pants. They have gotten more comfortable as I have
worn them, but they are still tight in the thighs and loose in the
waist. They shed dirt, snow, and light rain with little problems
and have proven durable through the test period. They will wet out
in heavy rain or when sitting on a wet or snowy chair lift.
Long Term Results:
The pants have continued to perform well. They have gotten more
comfortable as I have worn them and that is definitely a bonus.
However, I would still consider them a fitted pant. Even with their
close fit, I have not experienced any loss of movement while hiking
or skiing. I have not had any more issues with chaffing, but I do
make a concerted effort to keep the pants pulled up.
The pants have also proven durable over the test period. Besides
normal hiking, which for me means climbing over blowdowns, rocks and
such, I also skied in these pants. I am not the most graceful skier
and bit the dust several times very hard. So except for the zipper
that broke on the first pair; the pants show no signs of wear from
any of my adventures. I think that the zipper breaking in the first
pair was a one time thing and not an indication of poor quality.
One of my concerns was whether a backpack hip belt would rub against
the belt I wear with the Fall Line Pant. This has not proven to be
a problem. I wear a flat, stretchy nylon belt with the pants and I
have not experienced any issues carrying a fully loaded pack.
The pants have continued to be weather resistant and shed wind and
light rain well. They are not completely waterproof though. On one
of my ski trips in a wintry mix, wet snow accumulated on the lifts
and soaked through the posterior of the pants and wetted my bum. It
made for an uncomfortable evening of skiing.
Other than the few concerns mentioned previously these pants have
performed well and will continue to be used in late spring trips at
elevation and next winter!
I reiterate from before that a more relaxed fit would make these
pants even better.
I examined the Ibex Fall Line Pant on the following characteristics
over the test period.
(My answers based on the first two months of use are in blue italics)
Fit: How well do the pants fit? (There was some chaffing initially,
but I think that has been solved by wearing a belt.)
Are they roomy enough to have a light base layer of clothing
underneath like the Ibex website says they are? (Yes.)
Based on the website picture it looks like the pants have zippered
pockets, how easy are they to open? (Easy to open, hard to close
unless standing up.)
Can they be opened with gloves on? (Yes.)
How do the pants feel? (Stretchy, Soft.)
Are they itchy like other wool products? (No!!!! They are very
comfortable on the inside)
How durable is the Climawool Cirrus softshell material? (The fabric
has been very durable over the test period. There are no visible
signs of wear.)
Do I need to be concerned during off trail hiking? (I have not had
any issues through out the test period.)
I normally sit or kneel on the ground while doing everyday camp
chores like collecting firewood, cooking or building a fire; do I
need to be worried about the pants coming in contact with rocks,
sticks and dirt? (Nope, I have not had any fabric durability issues.)
What exactly do they mean by weatherproof? (That the pants shed
water, snow and wind while walking with ease. Sitting on a wet ski
lift proved to be more than they could handle and the pants allowed
water to penetrate the fabric and soak me underneath.)
We get a lot of rain here and water resistance is key. Will they
make it through a day of hiking in the rain? (Yes for the most
part. The pants will eventually wet out after hours of hiking in
the rain or sitting on a wet ski lift.)
How breathable are the pants? (Very good. Even when hiking in
moderate weather they breathe extremely well. They do heat up a bit
when I have performed high exertion activities but everything goes
back to normal when I stop doing the high exertion activities, i.e.
finish a climb uphill.)
What temperature range are they best used in? (For moderate
activities they are ok in the low 40's F (7 C 4 C), However I
think they are best used near freezing.)
Living here in the trendy Pacific Northwest are these pants stylish
enough to wear on a rainy day diaper run to Target or while out at
dinner in downtown Seattle? (Most definitely.)
Thanks to BackpackGearTest and IBEX for allowing me to participate
in this test.