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Mountain Hardwear Stretch Ozonic Pants
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Awards Top Pick Award Editors' Choice Award   Top Pick Award 
Price $104.73 at REI
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$161.85 at Backcountry
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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 Lightweight, stormworthy, quiet fabric, good breathability, 3/4 length side zips, effective elastic cuffsLightweight, excellent stormworthiness, packable, sweet 3/4 length side zips, impressive breathabilityDurable, 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 zip fly, one marginally useful pocket, DWR didn't last as long as other models and needed to be retreated more frequentlyNo pockets, waist band is not as nice as others, expensiveAnkle 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 Waterproof and breathable rain pants that protect well and go largely unnoticed in your backpackThis 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 hikesThe 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 Outdoor Research Foray Pants Arc'teryx Zeta SL Pant Marmot Minimalist Pant Stretch Ozonic Pants Outdoor Research Helium Pant
Water Resistance (25%)
10
10
10
7
8
Comfort And Mobility (18%)
10
9
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10
9
Breathability & Venting (18%)
8
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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 Outdoor Research... Arc'teryx Zeta SL... Marmot Minimalist... Stretch Ozonic Pants Outdoor Research...
Measured Weight 10.2 oz / 289g 8.6 oz / 245g 11oz / 292g 10 oz / 283g 6.5 oz / 184g
Waterproof Fabric Material Gore-Tex Gore-Tex Paclite Plus 2L 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 2L 100% Polyester 50D 40-denier nylon ripstop 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 1 pocket 0 pockets 2 pockets 1 pocket 1 pocket
Side Zips Length? 3/4-Length 3/4 length side zips 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 in 30, 32, 34 in 31, 32, 33 in 30, 32, 34 in 31 in
Stows Into Pocket? Yes No No Yes Yes
Waist band Style Elastic + shock cord Nylon Belt + Elastic Band 1/2 Elastic Nylon Belt + Elastic Band Elastic + Shock Cord
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