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June 2013 Trail Clothes

Gear Review: Outdoor Research Voodoo Pants

The Voodoos cast a three-part spell of comfort, durability, and function.
BP0613GEAR_BF_OR_VooDoo_0331_bjk_445x260.jpgOutdoor Research Voodoo (Photo by Ben Fullerton)

The Voodoos cast a three-part spell of comfort, durability, and function. The softshell pants are stretchier than average, thanks to 12 percent spandex (the balance is nylon). After wearing them backpacking on the Hermit Trail, scrambling cross-country up slickrock, mountain biking in Sedona, and practicing yoga, one tester said, “There’s nothing these pants can’t do.” The interior’s fine, mesh-like texture promotes both wicking and next-to-skin air circulation, while a tight, double-weave construction* sheds wind and light rain, and stands up to abrasion from rocks and brush.

“I usually wear heavy canvas pants and have avoided softshells in the Canyon because of durability concerns, but the Voodoos are plenty tough and way more comfortable,” reports one ranger who wore them in temps from 30 to 65°F. The roomy, boot-cut fit accommodates long johns underneath. Other killer features: a velvety waistband that prevents chafing, and easy-to-reach zippered security pockets. Gripe: The hand pockets are on the small and shallow side. Bonus: The price is a bargain for quality softshell pants. $99; 11.9 oz. (m’s 30); m’s 30-38, w’s 2-14; outdoorresearch.com

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