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Arc'teryx Lefroy Review

These tech-looking, slim fit pants have a minimalist aesthetic and a sturdy construction
Arc'teryx Lefroy
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Price:  $119 List | $119.00 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Durable, excellent embedded belt and buckle, stylish
Cons:  Unusable fly, tight, no rear pockets
Manufacturer:   Arc'teryx
By Ben Applebaum-Bauch ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 5, 2019
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  • Comfort and Mobility - 35% 5
  • Venting and Breathability - 20% 6
  • Versatility and Style - 15% 7
  • Weather Resistance - 15% 8
  • Features - 15% 6

Our Verdict

The Arc'Teryx Lefroy pants are for the hiker or backpacker who likes durable clothing and simple design. They offer what we would consider a slim fit; for high stepping activities, we think they are too tight. However, they have excellent water resistance and are made to withstand the wear and tear of everyday outdoor activity. They aren't the most breathable pants, and they feel like they suit cooler, windier weather. If you are interested in looking the part as well, these pants are for you.

Updated Color Options

One of Arc'teryx's new colors for the Lefroy is pictured above. Aside from colors, the pant remains the same as the model we tested previously.

February 2020

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Pros Durable, excellent embedded belt and buckle, stylishAiry fabric, very comfortable, maximum mobilitySupple and mobile, DWR coating works great, fair pricecomfortable fabric, belt, zippered pocketsComfortable fit and fabric, very versatile, perfectly functioning features
Cons Unusable fly, tight, no rear pocketsWaist fit is loose, not great in cool weatherNot many pockets, slim fit may not be awesome for larger adultsShallow pockets, expensiveNot much ventilation, fabric absorbs water in a heavy downpour
Bottom Line These pants have a minimalist design and sturdy constructionThe most comfortable and breathable pair of pants that we testedThis stellar pant surprised us with its high performance at an affordable priceThese pants are great for a variety of activities and conditionsThe top-scoring hiking pants are not only comfortable, but also versatile
Rating Categories Arc'teryx Lefroy Ferrosi Pants Patagonia Quandary Chockstone/2 Prana Stretch Zion
Comfort And Mobility (35%)
5
9
8
8
8
Venting And Breathability (20%)
6
9
7
7
6
Versatility And Style (15%)
7
7
7
7
8
Weather Resistance (15%)
8
6
7
6
5
Features (15%)
6
4
6
6
7
Specs Arc'teryx Lefroy Ferrosi Pants Patagonia Quandary Chockstone/2 Prana Stretch Zion
Weight (in oz) 9.7 oz 12.2 oz 10.0 oz 11.5 oz 13.6 oz
Material Aequora AirPerm 86% Nylon, 14% Elastane 86% nylon / 14% spandex 90D stretch woven ripstop 94% nylon (62% recycled) / 6% spandex 88% nylon, 12% elastane 97% Nylon / 3% Spandex
Water Resistance DWR finish DWR finish DWR finish DWR finish DWR finish
Sizing (waist, length options) W: 28" - 36" L: 30", 32", 35" W: 28" - 38" W: 28" - 40"
L: 30", 32", 34"
W: 28" - 42" L: 30" - 34" W: 28" - 42"
L: 28", 30", 32", 34", 36"
Sun Protection not specified not specified UPF 50 UPF 50 UPF 50
Convertible, or option available? No No, but convertible version available No No No, but convertible version available
Pockets 2 hand, 1 thigh zip (right) 2 hand, 2 back, 1 thigh zip 2 hand, 2 back, 1 zippered thigh, 1 coin 2 hand, 2 back, 1 thigh 2 hand, 2 back, one left side
Waist Strap/Fasten Itegrated belt and zip fly Button and zip fly Button and zip fly Button and zip fly Button and zip fly with waist cinch
Other Features Gusseted crotch, articulated knees, integrated belt Drawcord cuff closures, side zip pocket Front and back knee articulation, gusseted crotch, slim straight fit Cinch cord at cuff, removable belt Ventilated inseam gusset, roll up leg snaps, adjustable waist tightening strap
Warranty Lifetime defect/material warranty, wear and tear damage may be repaired for a fee Lifetime Lifetime Limited lifetime warranty Full refund, credit, or exchange if you are dissatisfied

Our Analysis and Test Results

These pants are more durable than your average pair. They resisted the nicks and scratches that other models got hung up on. They are highly water resistant and dry relatively quickly as well. Though we found them to be tighter than we would want, this could be the right pair for the technically-inclined hiker.

Performance Comparison


This model is good for staying warm on windy days.
This model is good for staying warm on windy days.
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Comfort & Mobility


Despite the otherwise solid performance, comfort and user mobility are not necessarily where these pants excel. They do hug the waist, staying put even in high-motion activities and for most regular hiking they are comfortable. However, we found that this slim fit pair feels tight compared to most of the competition.

These slim fit pants look nice but aren't the easiest to move in.
These slim fit pants look nice but aren't the easiest to move in.
Photo: Ben Applebaum-Bauch

The crotch is gusseted, but we had to double-check the stitching to make sure that is the case. These pants are meant to be slim fit, and they are. Even our skinnier testers found them to be snug and high-stepping activities (e.g., climbing, scrambling) are somewhat restricted with these pants and the thicker material chafes slightly. The fly is not functional. It's too short and too high to use for common purposes. Unzipping it will help you get out of the pants, but we found that it can't comfortably be used when nature calls.

In our experience, the short fly of the Lefroy isn't all that...
In our experience, the short fly of the Lefroy isn't all that practical.
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This pair features an 86%/14% nylon/elastane blend, which is more stretch than average. Though the pants are stretchy, we also found that its tighter-than-normal weave means that they offer a bit more resistance to that stretch than a thinner model.

Venting & Breathability


Despite the heftier fabric, these pants still offer moderate breathability, though we think this pair is better in cooler temps with overcast skies. Other than some mesh in the pockets, there aren't specific ventilation points of which to speak.

When we worked up a sweat, we found that it took longer to cool off and dry off. Though there is no specific securing mechanism, because of the slim fit of the legs, it is possible to roll them up for ventilation without them falling.

Versatility and Style


The Lefroy has decent versatility. They are adequate hiking pants, and their increased weather resistance makes them a good choice in most seasons. They are durable enough for heavier duty outdoor work and stylish enough that we would even prefer to wear them out with friends.

We like the simplicity of the integrated belt and buckle.
We like the simplicity of the integrated belt and buckle.
Photo: Ben Applebaum-Bauch

Weather Resistance


These pants score highly for their water resistance. Precipitation beads up quickly and rolls off. Because water largely stays on the surface, they are fast drying as well. They even outperform some award winners. For water and wind resistance, these pants are on point.

These pants have solid water resistance. In fact, maybe it's too...
These pants have solid water resistance. In fact, maybe it's too good; what we found is that they funnel water right down to your footwear.
Photo: Ben Applebaum-Bauch

Features


These pants have a limited but thoughtful set of features. We were a little annoyed at first that there are no rear pockets, but once we got to using the pants, we realized it is pretty easy to live without them. The right thigh zippered pocket is a go-to snack holder. The mostly horizontal zipper is gently angled to facilitate opening with one hand. The integrated belt wraps around the waist and is largely covered by a sleeve except for a few inches in the front. We like the ease of use and the elegant styling of the hook fastener.

The side pocket can be tricky to reach into but is large enough for...
The side pocket can be tricky to reach into but is large enough for a snack or two.
Photo: Ben Applebaum-Bauch

As discussed above, we are not sure about why the fly is the way it is. We wish it were more functional.

Value


These pants offer reasonable value. They are a fairly high-performance pant that will offer a lot of longevity for the right user. We think that they are a moderate value.

Conclusion


The Arc'Teryx Lefroy pants are sleek and simple. Their slim fit cut increases their tech style but ultimately limits their versatility. They offer good weather resistance as well. They are pricey but potentially worth it for the hiker who wants to combine style with performance.

Ben Applebaum-Bauch