Mountain Hardware Women's Transition pants
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Personal Biographical Information:
Name: Gaby Winckler
Height: 5' 2"
Email address: zwiebele at hotmail.com
City, State: Columbia, SC
Date: July 30, 2003
I researched hiking and backpacking for almost one year and finally
started hiking some of the US trails in 2002, a couple months later
I was introduced to backpacking. I would say that I have backpacked
in rather extreme conditions, including extreme heat, cold, ice and
pouring rain. I would not consider myself a "pro", but I would also
not categorize myself as a beginner. So far all of my backpacking
has been done within North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, South
Carolina and Virginia. Hopefully this will change next year.
Manufacturer: Mountain Hardware
Year of manufacture: 2002
URL of manufacturer: http://www.mountainhardware.com/
Listed weight: Approximately 10 ounces
Usage: Alpine Climbing / Cool weather active
Laminate: Windstopper® N2S
Elastic waist with drawcord,
Windproof and breathable,
Two side hand pockets
The design of the Mountain Hardware Transition pants is very
detailed. The moment the pants arrived I knew I would love them. I
liked the style, finally a pants that looked good too. The material
seamed to be tuff enough to survive my sometimes-rough hiking
adventures. Mountain Hardware's Transition pants use a three-ply
WindStopper fabric construction that includes an enhanced stretch,
and suppose to be extremely breathable. The middle WindStopper layer
suppose to block wind to preserve thermal performance, while the
inner knit blend of brushed polyester and Hydrophil nylon facilitate
the transfer of moisture away from the skin. I did notice that the
Transition Pant only included 2 side pockets.
As a long-term owner I have worn my Mountain Hardware Transition
pants on numerous trips during cold, wet and even warmer conditions.
Most of the trails involved some sort of boulder climbing.
September: 2002 Hospital Rock, NC Conditions: Sunny. Around 60 to 65
degrees. Area Description: Rocky Terrain.
December 2002: Honey Creek Trail, Kentucky. Conditions: snow and
ice. Temperature around 30 degrees. Area Description: Rocky Terrain.
February 2003: Linville gorge, NC . Conditions: snow and ice.
Temperature around 10 degrees. Area Description: Very Rocky Terrain.
Wind: I found that my Transition pants effectively blocked even
heavy and very cold winds. This was even more improved once I wore a
mid-weight base layer. I never had to wear more then a 2-layer
total. (Base layer and my Mountain Hardware Transition pants)
Insulating: I am normally one of the first people that start to
freeze, but my Transition pants really did prevent any cold feeling.
I felt comfortable warm in colder 10-degree conditions wearing a mid-
weight base layer of long undergarments. During 17-degree weather I
still felt comfortable without any base layer. Alone, or layered
above other articles of clothing, these pants gave me wonderful
insulation. Wearing some mid-weight or heavyweight long base layer
under the pant increased the insulation dramatically, making those
pants suitable for even below zero conditions.
Rain/Wet: My experience is that the Mountain Hardware Transition
pants keep me completely dry in any conditions. After about an hour
of fairly heavy rain I still felt dry and did not experience any
damp feeling due to the rain or snow. Falling in deeper snow did
also not penetrate the waterproof material.
Warmer Temperatures: Surprisingly I did not experience any damp
feeling due to sweat in temperatures above 50 degrees. I have worn
those pants in temperatures as high as 65 degrees. I am not a
heavily perspiring person, but I did not experience any discomfort
due to heavy perspiration.
Durability: About the only complaint I have is durability. The
second time I've worn those pants I slipped on a large bolder. I
know it was not a hard or painful fall, so I am sure there weren't
any sharp corners on this rock. I got up and realized that the upper
material of my pants was ripped in the knee area. No damage was done
to the underlying material (Gore-Tex layer). The pants are still as
wind and waterproof as before the damage. With time and lots of hard
use the upper material also started to look very worn. This is only
a cosmetic problem so I am not too concerned about it.
Those pants are one of my very favorite hiking pants. I would not go
without them on any trip that involves ice, snow, and even heavy
rain on colder days. The Mountain Hardware Transition pants became
my very first piece of Gore-Tex clothing. Since then I am hooked and
would not buy anything else. Those pants made me a true Gore-Tex
believer. In short: I don't go if I can't find my pants. J And hey,
they come in size XS!!!!!
Pros: I love the look and the feel of the pant. I cannot think of
any other material I would like more then this. This Garment keeps
me warm during cold days and it keeps the sweat away from my skin
during hard climbing where perspiration is unpreventable.
Cons: Those pants are intended for alpine climbing; so a little slip
on a rock should've not damaged the outer layer as quickly as it
did. I am a little unhappy with Mountain Hardware's Lifetime
Warranty. After I tore the knee part of my pants I contacted
Mountain Hardware via email. I received a reply the same day. The
Mountain Hardware Customer Service did come across very nice and
courteous, they did offer to exchange the pants for a cost. I think
they could've offered to fix the damage for free as I did not
improper care for the pants, nor was this an natural breakdown of
materials over intended use and time. I never found out how much
this cost would've been. I decided to live with the damage, as it
was only a cosmetic problem.
I would not mind a couple more pockets. The pant only includes 2
side pockets. Items inserted into those pockets can slide out easily.