Along with the Mantra Jacket, Sherpa Adventure Gear sent me the Himali Pant to test out during my trip to Canada. I wore the softshell pants for cross country skiing as well as ice climbing and they have quickly become a favorite for colder weather outdoor activities.
The Himali Pants are made from a water resistant, wind resistant and breathable 4-way stretch softshell fabric. With a fleece lining, the pants are perfect for any sort of winter or alpine activity. A gusseted crotch and articulated knees ensure you have the required freedom of movement for any outdoor activity.
Many brands shy away from too many pockets on women's pants for the obvious "saddlebag" reasons. I actually like pockets for storing snacks, electronics or other items I want easy access to while wearing a harness and on the move, without having to stop and remove my backpack. The Himali Pants feature six pockets total- two side, two cargo, and two back- all zippered to keep your stuff secure.
The elastic waist feels comfortable under your harness and backpack. The snap closure and webbing belt are a little fiddly to use but manageable with gloves.
Ankle zips with velcro closures make it easy to get these slim profile pants securely over your boots. Schoeller instep patches are great for protecting your softshell pants from the errant ski or crampon, meaning you don't have to wear gaiters if you aren't going to be hiking through deep snow.
Bottom Line: The Himali Pant from Sherpa Adventure Gear is a great option for all types of cold weather activities from skiing to climbing. The softshell pants fit true to size. If you are tall or have longer legs, however, you might find the pants a tad short.
The Sherpa Adventure Gear Himali Pants come in both men's and women's versions and retail for $110.