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Mountain Hardwear Stretch Ozonic Pants
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Outdoor Research Helium
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Awards Best Buy Award Top Pick Award   Top Pick Award 
Price $59.95 at REI$104.73 at REI
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$85.00 at Amazon
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$149.95 at Backcountry
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$87.53 at Amazon
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Pros Inexpensive, lightweight, excellent packed size, reasonably weather-resistant, baggy cut makes it easy to wear over other layers, low profile waistband doesn't pinch under a backpackLightweight, 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 Not especially breathable, clammy with moderate aerobic activity, no front hand pockets, below average articulationNo 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 You can certainly buy a nicer pair of rain pants but you'll find it difficult to buy a better pair for the priceWaterproof 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 Co-op Essential 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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Packed Size (12%)
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Weight (17%)
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Specs Co-op Essential Outdoor Research... Marmot Minimalist... Stretch Ozonic Pants Outdoor Research...
Measured Weight 9.5 oz / 271g 10.2 oz / 289g 11oz / 292g 10 oz / 283g 6.5 oz / 184g
Waterproof Fabric Material 2.5-layer REI Proprietary waterproof breathable fabric 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 1 pocket 1 pocket 2 pockets 1 pocket 1 pocket
Side Zips Length? 1/4 Length Ankle 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 No Yes Hiking Boots, but not all Mtn Boots Yes No
Inseam Length, Size Medium 31.5 inches 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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