- Fully Taped PVC-Free Seams
- Pant Stuffs into Pocket
- 12 Inch Ankle Zipper with Storm Flap and Hook & Loop Closure
- Articulated Knees
- Inseam Length: 27 in. / 68.6 cm (Small)
- Weight: 7 oz. (Medium/Large) or 5 oz.(XS/Small)
- Waterproof: 5,000 mm
- Breathability: 5,000 g/m2
Let's talk about gear testing.
Every piece of gear I own, I trust will do its job and keep me safe when I'm in the wilderness. That being said, I still want to know how far my gear can handle and what line shall I draw based on their limitation.
Taking my chance with the waterfall
For my Sierra Designs Hurricane pants, I challenged them under a class-5 waterfall at Willow River State Park in Wisconsin. It was during early spring; all the ice had melted and the water level was high. If I wasn't careful, I could get very wet and cold very quickly. It would have been an extremely miserable hike back to the trail head. The flow of the water was intense and yet I stayed completely dry.
Playing in the 60 mph wind & rain storm
|Joining the party tent with my camp mates.|
Climbing to the summit of Wyoming's highpoint
|Traveling through the Dinwoody Glacier in the Wind River Range, WY.|
Worn overtop insulating baselayer(s), my Hurricane pants are a great replacement for snow pants when it comes to weight reduction on long backpacking trips. In fact, I wore them during a climb to the summit of Wyoming's highpoint, the mighty Gannett Peak. 9 hours between glacier traveling and class-3 boulder scrambling, without restricting any mobility, they were so breathable that never once did I get sweaty. My butt was dry throughout the course of me sitting on the glacial snow while belaying the others over a major bergschrund.
|My giddy "summit" pose on top of Gannett Peak.|
Overall thoughts and conclusion
The only downside of the Hurricane pants is that the material is very thin. They do have Ripstop technology, but that won't do much if you have a wrestling match with your highly energetic kittens. Nevertheless, just like any other waterproof, breathable shells out there on the market, after a long period of heavy use, this DWR (durable water repellent) coating will slowly begin to wear off, leaving the fabric exposed not only to water, but also several impurities like skin oil, sweat, and dirt. Once these seep into the membrane, the great benefits will quickly fade away and its waterproof property will decrease. There is nothing you can do about it. However, with proper care and treatment , they will last longer and ensure many years of dry, comfortable outdoor experiences, because, in my opinion, good rain-wear garments are the most essential items in my pack.
All-in-all, not only my Hurricane pants provide excellent waterproofing and wind resistance, but also a great balance between comfort features and light weight. The bottom line is, I love my rain pants. Will I recommend them to others? ABSOLUTELY.