Royal Robbins Bivy Pants
Cotton kills, right? Wrong, at least not in the case of these hardworking pants. The Bivys are made from a fabric blend–70 percent cotton and 30 percent nylon–that proved marvelously versatile in the field. In conditions ranging from a drizzling 50°F to sunny and hot, the Bivys offered the comfortable breathability of cotton but were as quick-drying as many similar weight 100-percent nylon pants we’ve tested. The secret: Cotton fibers are treated with Schoeller 3XDry, which sucks moisture to the outer surface where it dries more quickly. And we found them as durable as a pair of blue jeans; the pants’ gusseted, reinforced knees didn’t rip even on a granite fall that drew blood underneath. Fit is loose for ease of movement but tapered in the legs. The soft mesh waistband is comfortable under a hipbelt. $55; 14 oz. (33-34); men’s waist 30-40, length 30-34; royalrobbins.com. Reader Service #115
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