Brand: Mountain Hardwear
Model: Right Bank
These are the mountain-life equivalent of yoga pants. They’re functional (the knit polyester fabric wards off light precip), they’re comfortable (the loosely spun material stretches to accommodate high-stepping through powder), and they’re serviceable for both athletic and urban endeavors (one of our testers says the clean styling passed muster as daily wear for winter office days—albeit in Colorado).
The pants are lined with polyester fleece that features thousands of raised PU dots. The lining provides warmth—we wore the Right Bank in the low 20s without baselayers—and the dots create channels in the fabric for airflow while also lifting sweat off of your skin and pushing the moisture through the material. Reality check: The pants breathe well during average cardio activities, but high-energy climbs in moderate temps turned them into a sweaty mess.
“I wore these more than any other pant this winter,” one tester says. “On a trip to Crested Butte, Colorado, I used them as après hut pants, on dayhikes, and for cross-country skiing in a snowstorm. Plus, the stretch means they don’t bag out easily.” mountainhardwear.com