Re: [backpackgeartesters] LTR HELLY HANSEN ODIN HYBRID PANTS-Frances Penn
- Hey Frances,
Gotta love those mid-day showers, guess the hail doesn't feel so pleasant though.
Nice wrap on the series. Just one edit below. Please correct, upload and delete when ready.
See'ya on the next one,
***They continued to performed well in the Long-Term Report portion of the test.***
EDIT: They continue to perform ....
From: oldhikergirl <oldhikergirl@...>
Sent: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 12:47 AM
Subject: [backpackgeartesters] LTR HELLY HANSEN ODIN HYBRID PANTS-Frances Penn
HELLY HANSEN ODIN HYBRID PANTS
TEST SERIES BY FRANCES PENN
August 27, 2013
NAME: Frances Penn
EMAIL: oldhikergirl AT yahoo DOT com
LOCATION: Santa Ana, California
HEIGHT: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
WEIGHT: 130 lb (59.00 kg)
I have been backpacking for six years mostly on long weekends in Southern California with two or more 5-day trips per year in the Sierras. My total daypack weight, including food and water, is usually 15 lb (7 kg) and my total backpack weight, including food and water, is usually 26-30 lb (12-14 kg) depending on the need for a bear canister. I have recently converted to a tarp, bivy and quilt sleeping system instead of a tent. I have experienced all night rain, hail, heavy winds, camping in snow once, but mostly fair weather.
LONG-TERM TEST LOCATIONS AND CONDITIONS
Location: Cottonwood Lakes area, California, USA
Elevation: 11,500 ft (3,500 M)
Trip Duration: 3 days, 2 nights
Trail Conditions: dirt forest trail with steep rocky portions
Temperatures: 40 to 60 F (4-15 C)
Weather: mostly sunny with one afternoon rain storm that produced pea sized hail for 5 hours, cool nights
The breathable quick dry stretch panels on the front of the thighs are not waterproof, but they are water resistant in light mist and drizzle. On Trip #7 when I was caught in an afternoon rain storm about a mile from camp, I decided it was a great opportunity to see if these pants were waterproof. I put on my waterproof rain jacket which covered the waistband of the pants. After standing under a tree in the rain and hail for an hour waiting for the rain to stop, I felt water running down my legs under the pants. Once I decided the rain wasn't about to stop any time soon, I put on my waterproof rain pants and walked back to camp. Once the rain stopped three hours later and the sun returned, I hung the pants on a tree limb and they were completely dry in about an hour.
PERFORMANCE IN THE FIELD
These pants continue to be functional and comfortable to wear. They continued to performed well in the Long-Term Report portion of the test. The pants look like they did when they were new. The only thing I noticed on these pants is their ability to attract dirt while hiking. The lower portion of the pants where my boots scuff them during hiking were usually full of dirt. I have not had this happen on any of my other hiking pants and I am not sure why it happens with these. This dirt attracting feature does not affect the performance of the pants. They work great, fit good and feel comfortable to wear in all temperatures.
I have enjoyed wearing these stylish and nice fitting pants that are also very functional. I look forward to many more years of wearing these comfortable pants.
This test series is now concluded. Many thanks to Helly Hansen and BackpackGearTest.org for the opportunity to test these stylish and comfortable pants.
This report was created with the BGT Report Generator.
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