Lightweight yet durable, the Mountain Hardwear Cohesion Stretch Pant delivers first-rate performance at an affordable price. When winds pulsed to 25 mph in Utah’s Capitol Reef National Park, testers never felt the gusts, thanks to the tough, 40-denier nylon fabric (which also resisted abrasive sandstone).
The Cohesion shrugs off rain and snow just as easily. The ample stretch allows for unlimited mobility; testers high-stepped up slot canyons without feeling pinched. The Conduit DT (a waterproof/breathable membrane), combined with the ventilation from three-quarter-length side zips, kept testers from overheating during high-exertion climbs. The zips also make it easy to slide the Cohesion over boots. $125; 9 oz. (m’s M); mountainhardwear.com See all "essential" reviews from the 2011 Gear