Mountain Hardwear Stretch Ozonic Pants
Outdoor Research Helium
Awards Editors' Choice Award Top Pick Award   Top Pick Award 
Price $249.00 at REI
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Pros Lightweight, excellent stormworthiness, packable, sweet 3/4 length side zips, impressive breathabilityLightweight, stormworthy, quiet fabric, good breathability, 3/4 length side zips, effective elastic cuffsDurable, among the most weather resistant on the market, comfortable fit, excellent mobilityMega stretchy fabric, best breathability in the review, built in belt is the bombBy far the lightest and most compact pant in our review, great mobility, elastic waist band is extremely comfortable and functional
Cons No pockets, waist band is not as nice as others, expensiveNo zip fly, one marginally useful pocket, DWR didn't last as long as other models and needed to be retreated more frequentlyAnkle length zips, no venting options, no waist tightening/cinching options, no belt-loopsNot quite as abrasion resistant as other models, so-so weather-resistanceLess durable than most, hard to pull on over boots
Bottom Line This performance oriented all-around model is stormworthy enough for rainy week long backpacking trips but light enough to throw in the bottom of your pack as a just-in-case layer on day hikesWaterproof and breathable rain pants that protect well and go largely unnoticed in your backpackThe Minimalist is a basic pant that screams mobility and storm protectionThe Ozonic offers some of the best breathability and mobility in our fleetAn excellent choice where packed space and weight are a priority
Rating Categories Zeta SL Pant Foray Pants Minimalist Pant Stretch Ozonic Pants Helium Pant
Water Resistance (25%)
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Comfort And Mobility (18%)
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Breathability & Venting (18%)
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Features (5%)
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Packed Size (12%)
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Weight (17%)
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Durability (5%)
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Specs Zeta SL Pant Foray Pants Minimalist Pant Stretch Ozonic Pants Helium Pant
Measured Weight 8.6 oz / 245g 10.2 oz / 289g 11oz / 292g 10 oz / 283g 6.5 oz / 184g
Waterproof Fabric Material Gore-Tex Paclite Plus 2L Gore-Tex 2.5 Layer Gore-tex with PacLite Technology 2.5 Layer Dry Q Active Stretch 2.5 Layer Pertex Shield+
Face Fabric and Layer Construction 40-denier nylon ripstop 2L 100% Polyester 50D 50D 100% Polyester w / Gore-tex PacLite Waterproof Breathable Membrane 40D Dry Q Active Stretch 30D 100 Nylon Ripstop w/ Pertex Shield+ Waterproof Breathable Insert
Pockets 0 pockets 1 pocket 2 pockets 1 pocket 1 pocket
Side Zips Length? 3/4 length side zips 3/4-Length 1/4 Length Ankle Zips Full Length Side Zips 1/4 Length Ankle Zips
Put on Over Hiking or Mountaineering Boots Yes Yes Hiking Boots, but not all Mtn Boots Yes No
Inseam Length, Size Medium 30, 32, 34 in 30 in 31, 32, 33 in 30, 32, 34 in 31 in
Stows Into Pocket? No Yes No Yes Yes
Waist band Style Nylon Belt + Elastic Band Elastic + shock cord 1/2 Elastic Nylon Belt + Elastic Band Elastic + Shock Cord
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