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Woolrich Women’s Elite Lightweight Pant Review
Yesterday we extolled the virtues of lightweight pants in the springtime and allowed someone else to tell you all about them. Well, it’s our turn now.
Woolrich introduced its women’s line at the 2009 SHOT Show and hasn’t looked back. The pants incorporate many of the same features from the men’s version. Better yet, Woolrich attempted to give the pant a true woman’s fit, spending many years working on its specific features.
The pants manufacturer was kind enough to send us a faboosh pair of the Elite Lightweight Tactical Pant (MSRP $54.99). With 10-pockets total, it makes a handbag nearly obsolete. There’s a pocket for everything — an iPhone or BlackBerry, car keys, a wallet, knife, gun and magazines. Heck, you can probably even slide in a make-up compact and nail file if you really wanted.
Made in China, the pants are a 100% fade-resistant cotton. While we haven’t worn ‘em long enough to test its resistance to fading, we did drop some water on the pant to test its ability to repel water. Its DuPont treated Teflon Fabric Protector makes the pant nearly impermeable to water. Most of the H2O rolled right off, but of course, a few particles stuck around. Not too many, though.
Constructed with a 7-ounce ripstop, the pants are indeed much lighter when compared to the regular Elite Pant, which is an 8.5-ounce cotton canvas. Only available in khaki, the pants are a great addition to any spring and summer wardrobe.
Overall, the pant had a slim, flattering fit, and the material felt very cozy. Perhaps these could double as tactical sweatpants? The elastic waistband made moving around — especially running — much easier than a regular cargo. Our one complaint: The rise was just a tad too high for us. Maybe someone needs to consider a low-rise tactical pant?
UPDATE: According to our contact at Woolrich, the high-waist complaint is common on this pair, and they are in *very preliminary* talks of adding a second style of women pants. We’ll keep you posted when we hear more!