The Alpinist Mountain Standards reviews apply Alpinist's tradition of excellence and authenticity to gear reviews by providing unbiased, candid feedback and anecdotal commentary to equipment tested (hard) in the field. Our panel is comprised of climbers who use the gear every day as part of their work and play. Only the gear they would actually buy themselves, at retail price, qualifies for the Alpinist Mountain Standards award. The five-star rating system is as follows:
One Star = Piece of junk.
Two Stars = Has one or more significant flaws, with some redeeming qualities.
Three Stars = Average. This solid piece of gear is middle-of-the-road on the current market.
Four Stars = Better than most comparable gear on the market. It has one or two drawbacks, but still 90% positive.
Five Stars = Is there such thing as perfection? An Alpinist Mountain Standards award-winner.
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Cloudveil Switchback Pants
Posted on: July 25, 2005
The Switchback Pants from Cloudveil offer a complete balance of fit, function and fashion, as we transition into the warm summer days. So far, I have exclusively worn this pant on my motorcycle (KLR650), to the chiropractor and on the Grand. They are perfect for all three. The small details are what make this pant surpass the rest. The fleece-lined, grippy waist belt provides comfort and helps avoid the dreaded "plumber's crack" when you are high stepping to that hard-to-reach foothold or bending over to tighten up your boots. Breathable pockets keep the midsection cool, while the reverse YKK zippers keep the outside of the garment clean and smooth. Schoeller Dynamic fabric rounds out the package and offers proven durability, breathability and weather repellency.