LTR- Terramar Silk n Wool Pants - Nancy Griffith
- Hi Kathy,
I've posted my LTR for the Terramar pants to the test folder. Here is the link and text below.
Thanks for any edits and for monitoring this test series.
LONG-TERM TEST LOCATIONS AND CONDITIONS
Over the Long-Term Testing period, I wore the thermal pants for 8 nights of car camping, two overnight backpacking trips, 2 snowshoe hikes and 3 morning runs. I washed them an additional 6 times.
For car camping and backpacking, I wore the pants in camp under my hiking pants and for sleeping. For running I wore them as my sole layer. For snowshoeing, I wore them with rain pants.
Some examples of usage conditions:
Joshua Tree National Park, Southern California: 4 nights; 1,800 to 3,800 ft (549 to 1,158 m); 40 to 45 F (4 to 7 C); dry conditions with one night of high winds
Pinnacles National Monument, Central California: 1 night; 1,260 ft (384 m); 40 to 45 F (4 to 7 C); dry conditions with heavy dew
Montana de Oro State Park, Central California Coast: 1 night; 180 ft (55 m); 45 F (7 C); dry conditions
Joshua Tree National Park, Southern California: 1 night; 4,500 ft (1,372 m); 40 to 45 F (4 to 7 C); dry conditions with light wind
Loon Lake, Sierra Nevada, California: 1 night; 6,500 ft (1,981 m); 28 to 50 F (-4 to 10 C); clear conditions on 7 to 8 feet (2.1 to 2.4 m) of snow
Strawberry Ridge, Sierra Nevada, California; 4.2 mi (6.8 km); 5,600 to 6,500 ft (1,700 to 1,980 m); 30 to 40 F (-1 to 4 C); clear conditions
PERFORMANCE IN THE FIELD
After multiple washings, the length of the pants seems to be shrinking. I tumble dried them on extra low a couple of times just because I got tired of having to dry them flat on a towel. I'm not sure if using the dryer caused it or not. However, I still have not had any problem with the cuffs pulling out of my socks while snowshoeing. They seem to stretch enough to stay in place during use.
I washed them once by hand and noticed quite a bit of dark color come out in the water. The pants had been machine-washed several times prior to this, so I was surprised that any color would still come out. It made me glad that I have always washed these with like colors.
The pants get stretched out during use. The knees get baggy but it hasn't caused any problem with fit beneath my rain pants.
The fabric is still soft and if anything is becoming softer after many washings. It is holding up just fine. The waistband has no noticeable change in elasticity.
I wore the thermal pants many times for sleeping and found them to keep me warm and to breathe well. I didn't get overheated and was very comfortable.
The Terramar Therma TX2 Silk 'n' Wool Pants are a comfortable and functional pair of thermal bottoms.
Things I Like:
Things I dislike:
Attracts lint (but not a big factor with pants)
Length shrunk somewhat over 10 washings
This concludes my Long-Term Report and this test series. Thanks to Terramar and BackpackGearTest.org for allowing me to participate in this test.
This report was created with the BGT Report Generator.
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