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Sherpa Adventure Gear Kala Pathar Pant

The Sherpa Adventure Gear Kala Pathar Pant has become a winter staple for me here in Jackson, Wyoming. I’ve worn this soft shell pant almost every day for the past two weeks, and find it to be the perfect pant for activities ranging from high-speed cross-country skiing to dog-walking in inclement weather.

I find myself drawn to the Sherpa Adventure Gear Kala Pathar Pants because it's incredibly comfortable, something I find especially important in the winter when layering. The inside of the pant, including the waistband, has a micro fleece lining which is soft against the skin yet doesn’t get hung up on long underwear and leggings.

I’ve worn the Sherpa Adventure Gear Kala Pathar Pant out on several cross country ski adventures, and have really appreciated the relaxed fit and the medium-rise style, as well as the articulated knees and gusseted inseam. Once I get going, the pant just becomes a natural part of my movement. I’ve also noticed how well the Kala Pathar Pant regulates my lower-body temperature. While skating along the Snake River fast enough to outrun my dog, I’ve stayed at an optimal temperature even as mini icebergs floated down the river and wayward strands of my hair froze from my breathing.

Sherpas are world-famous, ruggedly tough climbers, and I was pleased to find that this well-crafted soft shell pant was created for wear and tear in the mountains. The Kala Pathar pant is made of a mid-weight soft-shell fabric that is both stretchy and durable (to resist abrasion from ski and crampon edges) and has a built-in belt buckle made from climber’s webbing.

The Sherpa Adventure Gear Kala Pathar Pant is also great for in-town adventures. The pant legs are wide enough to easily accommodate a pair of slender jeans or leggings underneath, and have a zipper on the outer bottom cuff (which came in handy one yucky day last week when it started to pelt freezing rain just as I was headed to the dog park with my furry companion.) I was able to slide the pant over my jeans and boots in moments, and was super thankful that it effectively repelled the rain and wind.

The Sherpa Adventure Gear Kala Pathar Pant is available in Black and Grey for women (sizes XS-XL) and men (sizes S-XXL). I tested a women's size S, and found the fit true to size and slightly narrow in the waist.

Sherpa Adventure Gear clothing is designed and tested by Sherpas and made in Nepal. A portion of proceeds from sales goes directly to making lives better for Sherpa athletes and children, so not only is this gear the real deal, it’s made by a small, independent company that gives back it community.

Bottom Line: The Sherpa Adventure Gear Kala Pathar Pant is a wonderful all-around soft-shell pant for cool and cold weather adventures.--L.S. (Dec ‘11)

BUY ONLINE: $85, click to shop.

Manufacturer's Site: www.sherpaadventuregear.com

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When hiking or camping, always carry the "10 Essentials":

Extra clothing, extra food and water, lighter or water-proof matches and fire starter, map in waterproof envelope, compass, pocket knife, sunscreen and sunglasses, flashlight or headlamp, first aid kit, emergency shelter.

Source: Seattle Mountain Rescue and Seattle Mountaineers.