Nice report, Mike. Only one edit:
EDIT: replace "the" with "to"
" after pulling the Roam'rs up the my knees to wade in Lonesome Lake"
Glad to see you're also enjoying the pants. I'm going to have to pick up
a pair of them I think.
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Subject: LTR - ExOfficio Trail Roam'r Pants - Mike Pearl
From: Mike Pearl <mikepearl36@...
Date: Mon, July 30, 2012 9:20 pm
Thank you for your time during this test series. Link and text below,
looking forward to your edits.
LONG-TERM TEST LOCATIONS AND CONDITIONS
Date / Location - June 10 / Storrs Pond Recreation Area, New Hampshire
Distance / Elevation - 8 mi (13 km) / 400 ft (120 m)
Conditions - 83 F (28 C) clear and calm
Terrain - gently rolling hills through tall pine forest
Date / Location - June 16 -17 / Amity Pond Natural Area, Vermont
Distance / Elevation - 10 mi (16 km) / 1200 - 1600 ft (360 - 490 m)
Conditions - Daytime high 81 F (27 C) abundant sunshine and breezy,
Nighttime low of 48 F (9 C) clear skies
Terrain - Open grassy meadows and dense hardwood forest
Date / Location - July 13 - 14 / Franconia Notch State Park, New
Distance / Elevation - 7.5 mi (12 km) / 1800 - 2760 ft (550 - 840 m)
Conditions - Daytime high 90 F (32 C) and sunny, Nighttime low 50 F
(10 C) clear and cool
Terrain - Variable, rock strewn to muddy to fine gravel trails
Date / Location - July 18 / Smarts Mountain, New Hampshire
Distance / Elevation - 8 mi (13 km) / 1050 - 3238 ft (320 - 990 m)
Conditions - Hot and humid, starting with 74F (23 C) and 74% humidity,
ending with 85 F (29 C) and 42% humidity
Terrain - Wet, muddy trails and big slick granite rocks
Date / Location - July 29 / Giles Mountain, Vermont
Distance / Elevation - 3 mi (4.8 km) / 1873 ft (571 m)
Conditions - 80 F (26 C) and mostly cloudy
Terrain - Rocky, muddy trails with gentle climb
PERFORMANCE IN THE FIELD
The Trail Roam'rs continue to work just as well during this stage of
testing. I have only two new observations. First after washing, the
fabric makes less noise when walking. Second on the two humid days I
felt a lack of ventilation. This came to my attention only after
pulling the Roam'rs up the my knees to wade in Lonesome Lake. Even
before entering the water the cool breeze that swept across my legs was
shocking. Then the water felt so refreshing I could not resist going
for a swim. After splashing around in the cold lake I was again happy
with the Roam'rs wind resistance. The next hike was again humid and the
Roam'rs felt stuffy on the way up. Then having lunch in the fire tower
above the trees with the winds blowing I quickly cooled.
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Before and after wash in standard front load washer and dryer.
Some mud stains remain but all my hiking pants look this way.
The hills here have a way of leaving their mark.
- fabrics stretch and strength
- ties at ankles
- pocket placement
- close cut in the seat
After roaming 89 mi (143 km) of trails I can say I really like the
Roam'rs. They are tough yet flexible, comfortable yet protective, these
are all around good hiking pants. The function is excellent the fashion
gets one strike due to the closer than usual fit in the seat. But I do
not hike to make a fashion statement so that leaves the troubles on the
humid days. While I have mixed feels on breathable versus wind
resistant. In the end I have to lean toward wind resistance as cooling
off happened quicker than warming up. In the areas I hike hypothermia
is a bigger risk than hyperthermia.
The ExOfficio Trail Roam'r pants do everything I want a pair of pants to
do. I will reach for them on all but the hottest and most humid days.
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This concludes my Long Term Report. My thanks to ExOfficio and
BackpackGearTest.org for putting this test series together.
This report was created with the BGT Report Generator.
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