Gear Review: Sherpa Adventure Gear Saba-Tek Pants

Sherpa agains delivers quality pants at a great price.


This Kathmandu-based manufacturer consistently delivers some of the best values in the biz. Exhibit A: the Saba-Tek pants. These stretch-woven nylon softshells are tough enough for scraping through Utah canyons. “I saw no pilling or notable wear, even after grinding around through brush and sandstone,” says our tester. And they’re weather-resistant enough for light precip (but avoid trailbreaking in wet snow, he says). The fabric is three-season versatile, and with a baselayer underneath they worked fine for spring skiing. (Note: They have abrasion patches on the ankles, but no powder cuffs, and they’re a bit trim for bulky AT boots even with their ankle zips.) The built-in belt doesn’t irritate under a pack or harness. Bonus: The low-profile style makes them everyday-useful compared to techier pants. Downsides: You’ll need gaiters for skiing, and the sewn-in flap over the cargo pocket makes it tough to get your hand in and out. Women’s model is the Naulo. $90; 1 lb. 1 oz.; men’s 30-38, two lengths;