I had the chance this weekend to test some Winter gear. One of the pieces I wanted to test were my Integral Designs Denali Pants. These pants work as a perfect layer to pull on over the top of your active layers when stopping to belay, taking a short break or when setting up camp. The temps this weekend fell to 15 degrees, not including wind chill. I especially like these because of the weight. 1lb 2oz. They stuff small into my clothes stuff sack.denalipants

What I like about the Denali Pants are how easy they are to put on over your boots. You do not need to take your boots off. In fact, the whole side of these pants zip up to the hip. The zip up lets you breathe a little if you get to warm at night. I use them as part of my sleep system. I also like these pants because of the zipper in front for those times you need to get up in the middle of the night.

You could probably wear these if wind and cold were cutting through your active wear, but in my opinion they work best for inactive wear or sleeping.

They certainly kept me warm.

You can buy these from Backcountry Gear, they retail for about $210.00

Features: Insulated with single layer of 4oz Primaloft Sport (0.8″ loft); Pertex P685 ripstop microfibre shell fabric; 30 denier taffeta inner lining (black); Fully separating YKK # 5 vislon leg zippers with inside weather flap and anti snag webbing; Elasticized waist with front drawcord and side Velcro adjustments; Front fly / belay zip; Supplied with Silcoat stuff sack.

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Feel free to contact me at any time. Started Backpacking in 2003 and have never looked back. My all time favorite hike was last April when I hiked the Sycamore Wilderness Canyon. No trails, no signs, just wilderness and a 3,000 foot steep drop into the Canyon. I ran out of water my third day. Why? There was no water in the Canyon. You can check out my video on the "backpacker.tv" page. Thanks for dropping by.

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