Outdoor Research Palisade Pants

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Retail Price: $59.00

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Specs per manufacturer: These no-nonsense pants will easily become trusted trekking sidekicks. Waterproof and fully seam taped, no moisture gets through protecting you from the heaviest spring downpour. Full-length, double-separating side zippers provide versatile venting options and allow for a drop seat when nature calls. Keep these hard-working pants stowed in your pack as a standard part of your essentials and confidently embark on your adventures. Weight: 11.1 oz

Findings: I tested these pants out in lots and lots of cold rain. We biked, hiked and hung out in a wet campground all weekend and I wore my Palisades the whole time. With just a pair of light polypro tights underneath them, I was plenty warm and more importantly, dry. I wouldn’t want to wear them without some tights underneath them as they would get a bit sticky on the old legs.

Outdoor Research Palisade Pants

Outdoor Research Palisade Pants

 

 

The length wasn’t bad considering they aren’t cut petite. I do wish there was a strip of velcro at the ankle to cinch them down better. For us shorter folks, that makes the difference between pants fitting and pants dragging on the ground.

There aren’t any pockets in the front but I can’t say I really missed them either. As built, they fit beautifully in a small corner of my pack. More pockets would add weight and bulk. And when you are carrying rain gear for 3 or kids, space and weight are at a premium.

If you are looking for a practical pair of rain pants with no fuss, these are for you! I love them.

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