REI Talusphere Full Zip
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Awards  Top Pick Award   Top Pick Award 
Price $109 List$104.73 at REI
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$117.37 at Amazon
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$149.95 at Backcountry
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$87.53 at Amazon
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Pros Super stretchy fabric allows for fantastic freedom of movement, mobility, features, good value, durableLightweight, 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 Heavy, boot cinches are so-so, velcro waist flapsNo 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 REI's offering is friendly on the wallet, and is versatile and storm-worthy; however, it's not as light as others in our fleetWaterproof 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 REI Talusphere Full Zip Outdoor Research Foray Pants Marmot Minimalist Pant Stretch Ozonic Pants Outdoor Research Helium Pant
Water Resistance (25%)
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Comfort And Mobility (18%)
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Breathability & Venting (18%)
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Specs REI Talusphere... Outdoor Research... Marmot Minimalist... Stretch Ozonic Pants Outdoor Research...
Measured Weight 19.5 oz / 552g 10.2 oz / 289g 11oz / 292g 10 oz / 283g 6.5 oz / 184g
Waterproof Fabric Material 2.5 Layer REI Elements Waterproof Breathable Laminate 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 50D Polyester 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 2 pockets 1 pocket 2 pockets 1 pocket 1 pocket
Side Zips Length? Full 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 or 32 in 30 in 31, 32, 33 in 30, 32, 34 in 31 in
Stows Into Pocket? Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Waist band Style Elastic + Shock Cord Elastic + shock cord 1/2 Elastic Nylon Belt + Elastic Band Elastic + Shock Cord
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