Sorry for the delay . . . here is my FR on the pants. HTML can be found at http://tinyurl.com/HHFR-Curry
FIELD LOCATIONS AND CONDITIONS
<<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "IMAGE 1" IMAGE CAPTION = "Traverse Pant in Wet Snow">>I've worn the Helly Hansen Odin Traverse Pant on 4 different climbing and backpacking trips, two in the Olympic Mountains of Washington State, and two in the Cascade range. They've also been in my pack on several other trips.
Conditions when I've worn the pants have been, to put it simply, dismal. Heavy rain, wind-blown snow, sleet, high winds (to in excess of 40 mph (65 kph). Temperatures have ranged from approximately 25 F to 50 F (-4 C to 10 C).
PERFORMANCE IN THE FIELD
Overall I've been very pleased with the performance of the Helly Hansen Odin Traverse pant's performance. My only real problem with them has been I don't care for how they fit.
Wow, these pants rock in this area. No water infiltration whatsoever, and good breathability, even when active. The side zippers offer great ventilations options for those times when the weather breaks, or when you no longer care about getting wet.
The size zips work great, and as I mentioned, provide a variety of ventilation options by opening or closing them to varying degrees from the top or bottom. I've generally worn them with gaiters, so I haven't really used the length-adjustments. The velcro adjustable waist works well, and the hook closure with snaps makes the waist seem very secure.
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Overall, comfort has been good, with the exception of some fit issues (see below). I have worn the pants without other layers underneath, even in cold conditions (my legs generally stay very warm, and I don't like more than a single-layer typically if I'm active). Even with the material directly against my skin, it has felt good (not "plastic-y" like some shells I own), and I've experience no chafing or other issues.
Fit has been my only issue. I find the pants to be a little snug through the thighs and hips (though I suspect my thighs are on the large side for my other proportions), and while a larger waist size might remedy this somewhat, these are as long as I'd want them to be, so a longer leg would just swap one problem for another.
My biggest issue with fit, however, is the drop (the distance from the waist to crotch). I feel like I'm putting on a pair of women's low-rider jeans. The zipper is super-short, so if I need to stop and relieve myself I have to actually drop my pants (as opposed to other shells I've had with longer zippers). With a harness on for a glacier climb, this results in a major pain. I also simply find a waistband that is that low to simply be uncomfortable, always feeling like it is wanting to ride down off my hips (not that it does, it just feels like it will).
Overall, the Helly Hansen Odin Traverse Pants perform well, but I don't care for the fit at all. They fit like lowrider jeans, which I don't find comfortable.
I would like to thank Hellly Hansen and BackpackGearTest.org for the opportunity to test the Odin Traverse Pant. My long-term report will be appended to this report in approximately two months. Please check back at that time for additional information. This concludes my field report.
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