Gear Review: Mountain Hardwear Bokta Hardshell Pants

Extremely breathable waterproof shell pants.

Even the most breathable waterproof shells often feel steamy during taxing climbs. But not the Bokta. “I stayed so cool and dry that I actually wore it uphill and down,” says our Colorado tester. The three-layer Bokta is more comfortable than most—in a wider range of conditions—thanks to Dry.Q Elite, Mountain Hardwear’s elaboration on eVent’s waterproof/breathable laminate. As in other garments, we found that the eVent did a great job of moving moist air out before heat and wetness collected.

Features are streamlined, which keeps weight low, yet full side zips allow for venting and a drop-seat option for answering nature’s call with minimum exposure. A built-in belt snugs up the waist, and removable suspenders keep the pants from sagging. One zippered thigh pocket holds lip balm or a lens cloth, and two layers at the cuff (an internal snow gaiter and a reinforced outer pant) resist sharp ski edges and keeps snow out of boots. Despite the trim weight, durability is excellent.


1 lb. 1 oz. (w’s M)