Gear Guide 2012: Stoic Microlith Softshell Pant

Keep comfortable in warm or cold with these no zip pants.

[minimalist pants]

Streamlined is an understatement—the Microlith doesn’t even have a fly, just an elastic waistband with built-in belt, and one welded-zipper thigh pocket. What you do get: hardworking nylon/spandex fabric that’s comfortable in a wide range of temperatures, keeping our tester from overheating at 75°F and from getting chilled while crossing snowfields in the 40s. The stretchy, midweight fabric has a DWR finish that repels light moisture. “Light, tough, simple,” says our tester. $99; 15 oz. (M);