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MONTANE TERRA PANTS
I THRASH pants. I put holes in them on the first day and
fill the holes with gafa tape and seam seal until the pants
disintegrate of my legs. Usually I buy a thin softshell pair at
the start of winter and blow them out by the end of sum-
mer. I need a very particular type of pant that is diverse
and adaptable, that’s good for climbing when it’s hot as
hell on the approach then cold and windy on the belay, a
technical pant that can handle a changeable climate as I
move through the mountains.
When the Montane Terra Pants wrapped across my legs
I thought, ‘Now these are the type of pants I’ve been look-
ing for.’ They are synthetic and light (340g), breathable and
wind resistant, functional and durable. They fit my long legs
while not being baggy, and they let me jump, high step, heel-
hook and hike.
I wish I’d had these pants in Yosemite, they’d have been perfect! The
dense weave of the fabric is enough to keep the bite of a strong wind away.
In the heat of the day the thigh vents let air out and the UPF 40+ protec-
tion keeps the sun of. These pants are burly enough to handle kneebars in
granite, they dry quickly and they’re finished with a DWR water repellency
so a bit of rain is not an issue. They would perform equally as well in the
desert as on the glaciers.
Although they’re marketed as four-season pants I wouldn’t use these
pants in winter for anything but a warm day ski-touring. For winter activi-
ties like alpine climbing, Montane makes the Super Terra.
This English-designed pant has some very well considered details such
as zippered vents on the upper legs which let your body breathe when
you’re sweating and snap closures on the cufs which keep
the pants out of the way of aiders or crampons. There is no
back or side pocket so you’ll have to find a diferent place
for your phone but you can plug your chilly fingers into the
comfortable front pockets.
I have no ass, so I need pants that will stay above my
harness and not sag on heavy leads. These pants have
elastic at the waste, and come with a belt and a secure but-
ton closure, so after days in the mountains they won’t fall
of. They also come in a large and regular length, which
allow for a more costume fit. The large/long size fits my
6’2’’ no-ass frame well.
The black, black colour is the only colour that doesn’t
make you look like a tramper. Two-tone active pants aren’t
cool in town, so when coming of the hills and into the pub, keep a pair of
jeans in the car. Fashion aside, the techy Cordura fabric and articulated
knees of these pants make you feel like a ninja ready to tuck, roll and fly.
It’s nice to have that kind of confidence on a climb when you’re a long way
from home and the weather’s ify.
I haven’t had these pants long enough to testify to their extended dura-
bility, but they feel like an old synthetic canvas pant I wore constantly for
seven years before they disintegrated of my knees. The Montane Terra
Pants are high-spec’ pants with a reasonable price tag and they’re perfect
for any trip in variable and unexpected outdoors conditions.
Montane Terra Pants. RRP $149.00 ★★★★★