Jeans are very popular these days for climbing, hiking and bike commuting but cotton denim doesn't exactly offer you any weather protection. Oregon company Thunderbolt has taken classic outdoor fabric and created a pair of soft shell jeans, resulting in the perfect stylish outdoor pant. 

The Thunderbolt soft shell jeans are made from Schoeller Dryskin, a breathable 4-way stretch fabric that feels like denim. Dryskin has a double weave construction with a tough nylon face, soft brushed polyester on the inside and a spandex core throughout. 

The jeans are treated with Schoeller's Nanosphere DWR technology to keep the soft shell fabric dry and clean. The Nanosphere DWR treatment coats the fabric fibers with nanoscopic grains of silicone, forming a 3-D surface that repels water, dirt and stains. 

With an athletic fit, the soft shell jeans ride just below the waist and feature a straight leg opening. The pants are slightly slim through the leg to take advantage of the Dryskin 4-way stretch fabric. A hidden zipper on the right back pocket is perfect for keeping your valuables safe while you recreate. 

The Thunderbolt soft shell jeans retail for $188 and can be purchased on the company website. Sorry girls- men's only styles at this time. 

Thanks Ryan!

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  1. Amy, many thanks for posting this review. Thunderbolt Softshell Jeans are proudly sewn in the USA, in Oregon. We launched in mid-2010. We have been getting great response from our customers who are living in these versatile outdoor pants for days at a time and using them for many different activities.

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  2. Thanks Chris! They are pretty darn cool. I am ordering a pair as an Xmas present for the other half. Lots of female readers are wondering when they will get their own version too?!?!?

  3. I have a pair of these and they are the pants I have been hoping for since getting my first pair of Mammut Champ pants a decade ago. All of the advantages of Schoeller fabric with great styling and fit. Have used them for travel, work, climbing, walking the dog – – I am sold! Should last a very long time as I still have the old Champ pants – which I have ice climbed, backpacked, etc in.

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