LTR- Terramar Silk N Wool Pants- Will Rice
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CONDITIONS and PERFORMANCE
Location: Mountains-to-Sea Trail, Marion, North Carolina
Weather: Sunny and clear (Cold overnight, 40 F/ 5 C, Warm day, 80 F/ 27 C)
Activity: Backpacking (5 miles/ 8 km, out and back)
I finally got out into the woods again for an overnight. We didn't get to do as much hiking as I would have liked, but for the purposes of testing, it was good. We got started hiking late and so we hiked into the night, after the sun had gone down behind the ridge. The temperatures rapidly dropped once the sun was down. Stopping to camp also meant a little less activity, and thus time to put the Terramar pants on. These pants are so smooth and slide on really well. I wore the pants to sleep in inside my sleeping bag. My sleeping pad deflated in the night, so the pants gave me some degree of added warmth. However, since the pants aren't very thick, my butt did get a little cold in contact with the ground.
The next morning, as we got up and broke camp, the sun was still behind the ridge. I began my hike out with the pants still on and they helped to keep me warm while hiking. Once we got to the sun, I shed the pants and my legs from my zip-off pants. The pants pack away easily (even into a shorts pocket if it's moderately large) and the weight is not even close to noticeable added to a pack.
Location: Congaree Swamp, South Carolina
Weather: warm (80 F/27 C), sunny days, clear cool (50 F/10 C) nights
Activity: Off-trail hiking through swamps and wetland stream-type land (6-8 miles/10-13 km)
I mostly wore the pants the morning of the second day. They are super-comfortable and help keep my legs warm without riding up. The fit of them keeps them in place with movement and/or with putting on layers on top of them.
Other than a little minor fuzz, the Terramar pants have held up well. The seams are all still in good shape. They haven't held any bad smells in them. I have hand washed them, machine washed them, and even just wore them in the shower. They are still in very good condition.
Along with the Terramar top, these pants have become the beginning of my packing list for any trips. Since they are so light, I bring them whether or not the weather requires just as a backup set of clothing and for emergency situations.
Day Hiking- 7+ days
Orienteering/ Run-Hiking- 2 days
Backpacking- 4 days, 2 nights
Snowboarding- 2 days
Cross-Country Skiing- 1 day
- smooth and soft
- dries fast
- has become fuzzy