Well I swung through Barneys the other day intent on picking up a sea to summit eVent dry sack to replace my Wiggys stuff sack for my Glacier hunter. Of course while there I had to check and confirm that I am in fact still too fat for any of the available Mammut Champ pants.. Well while looking at the pant selection I was very impressed w/ the Westcomb Syncro pants. The splash from the sink water test proved an easy success so I felt that the pants warranted a more thorough field test. After choking on the price tag a bit I walked out w/ my new pants and stuff sack under my arm.
Well yesterday was the first time I got to get them out in the field. The test was not the hardest (atv ride in followed by a bit of still hunting) but it did serve to allow me to make some observations. First off the stretchy material rocks! The pants breath great and they seem pretty durable (excellent stitching). I though that they may be a little loud at first but they didn't seem to make any weird noises as I worked my way through the alders and brush. I did manage to take a good wave over the bow so to speak as I entered a big puddle w/ my wheeler while my buddy left it displacing tons of water. I thought for sure I was going to be a muddy mess w/ all of the water that sprayed me. To my surprise the muddy water just beaded and rolled off like it never happened.
The only down side is that the crotch is a bit more shallow than I would prefer. It is not uncomfortable and doesn't bind, but I did notice it so thought I would mention it. I may try a different pair of boxers to see if that makes a difference. Anyone who wears boxer jocks or similar would never notice anything at all. I am sure that I won't even notice after a few more miles of wear and the bennefits of the pants outweigh this slight complaint. Final note they also have the nicest pocket material I have found on any pants. Without adding bulk or weight the pockets are acually soft and warm. I am not a big hands in the pockets guy (ex-military) but w/ these pants I found that I was regularly using them to warm up while standing around looking over an alder field or creek valley.
I hope to get them out for a longer hike and hopefully some time in the tall wet grass to see how water resistant they really are in the next few days