FR Ibex Fall Line Pant - Jason B
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Ibex Fall Line Pant
Field Report January 31, 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 pants are winter pants made of a wool soft shell
material. For a more detailed description please see my initial
The Ibex Fall Line pant has been used on all kinds of outdoor
adventures over the past two months. I have used them downhill
skiing three times at the Summit at Snoqualmie, on four day hikes to
places like Rattlesnake Mountain, Tiger Mountain and Cougar Mountain
State parks and I have even used them on a car camping trip on the
Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie. They have been used in all forms of
precipitation from rain and snow to the occasional sunny day.
Elevations have ranged from sea level to 3900' (1189 m).
Temperatures have ranged from 45 F to 16 F (7 C to -9).
I am torn with these pants. I like the way they withstand the crazy
weather here in the Pacific Northwest and the stylish look.
However, I am on my second pair because of a zipper breaking and I
have had some chaffing after a fairly long day hike.
Well it has been two months and my initial concern over the fit of
the pants has been mostly allayed. They pants are still form fitting
in the thighs but don't seem to hinder my movement too much. After
a 12 mile (19 km) hike on Rattlesnake Mountain, I did have some
chaffing on the back of my thighs from the pants. I have been on
several other hikes including another 12 mile (19 km) hike and have
not replicated this problem, so I will continue to monitor this.
One thing that I have changed from that initial experience though is
I make sure that I pull the pants up every so often. Even with a
belt the pants tend to slide down because the waist is too large. I
am at the lower range of the large size I received from IBEX.
Speaking of wearing belts, I have not had the opportunity to
backpack with the pants yet so I cannot report on whether there is
any discomfort due to a backpack hip belt. I use a small day pack
that has a hip belt, but it does not conform to me like a hip belt
on a backpack will.
The only durability issue that I have had thus far was with a zipper
breaking. I was riding a ski lift and noticed one of the hand
warmer pockets was unzipped. It happened to be the pocket that had
my car keys so I reached down and tugged on the zipper pull to close
the pocket and POP! The zipper pulled right off of the track. Once
I got off of the lift I put my keys in my jacket pocket so that they
were secure and moved on. I called IBEX's customer service when I
got home and they said to send the pants back and they would be
replaced. I did and several weeks later a new pair of pants were
left on my doorstep.
The durability of the fabric has been great thus far. I have hiked
on and off trail and in rain, snow and mud and the fabric has taken
it all in stride. There are no tears, or other blemishes on the
The pants are roomy enough to wear a light layer underneath them. I
have worn my GoLite C-thru tights under them while skiing on
particularly cold days. I found the pants to be warm enough for
skiing and hiking in temperatures to about 30 F (-1 C) or so. Below
these temperatures, I found that I needed another layer. The tights
helped but on the coldest days I was still cold especially sitting
on snow covered lifts.
I am still don't think the lower two pockets are all that useful. I
do use one of them to hold my id cards while in the outdoors. When
I day hike I normally do not use poles and I find the hand warmer
pockets quite nice. I don't like gloves so I tend to hike with my
hands in my pockets and I am able to do that easily with these
The boot gripper cuffs don't really do much for me while hiking in
my trail shoes. There is not an upper part of a shoe to grasp like
on mid/high top boot. The elastic cord lock seems like it would
help, but it is a hindrance while skiing. I have to pull them up
out of my ski boots otherwise they get jammed into the front of my
calf and cause quite a bit of pain.
The pants are quite weatherproof. They shed water, snow and wind
fairly well. I hiked for 5 hours in the misty rain that we have
here in the Northwest and the pants stayed mostly dry. They did
eventually wet out in the knees and the pockets but once it cleared
up the pants dried within a half an hour. They will also wet out
when walking in wet brush. The pants shed snow well. I have skied
in the heavy wet snow that we get here and it brushes right off and
powder does not stick.
I reiterate from before that a more relaxed fit would make these
pants even better.
I will look for the following characteristics in the Ibex Fall Line
(My answers based on the first two months of use are in parenthesis
Fit: How well do the pants fit? (So far they are doing ok, I did
notice some chaffing initially, but have not been able to replicate
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? (Have not
had any problems with snags or tears while hiking off trail.)
Do I need to be concerned during off trail hiking? (Not so far.)
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, water will soak though if I stoop in a
puddle or sit on a wet log.)
What exactly do they mean by weatherproof? (That the pants shed
water, snow and wind with ease.)
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
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 up hill.)
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 Backpack Gear Test and IBEX for allowing me to participate
in this test.