by Geir Mjosund 25/03/2016
go Haglofs Skarn Winter Pants are some very good softshell pants for mountaineering, I personally used these pants on both when ascending Elbrus and Mont Blanc without any problems. They kept me warm and they are very soft and due to the fabrics being very stretchy and let you move up and down the mountains.
Flexible, the Skarn Winter Pants is one of the pants i have tested with the most stretch. They let you move freely in them and they are comfortable on. Relatively heavy fabric helps the pants withstand a lot weather and they keeps you warm.
The fabric is breathable enough to avoid getting too muggy. Despite breathable pants are missing ventilation zips, something that is a great loss on hot days on approaches or around base camp . Skarn has snow gaiters and these are very easy to tighten, but I miss a rubber edge which holds them in place. The reinforcements on the inside of the pants is not larger than they need to be, but take away the worst of the steel edges and other rough edges.
The pants can handle the weather fine, but it is not very fond of water or wet snow, but can tolerate cold and windy weather on the mountains. Consistently a soft and comfortable pants that comes to its right use on those cold days.
DWR treated, 2 zipped and pockets, a tight pocket and back pocket is some of the features of these pants, but also have a reinforced Shoeller® instep. For drying in the tent the pants also features a rear hanging loop.
I can after some personal experience vouch for these pants, after some extensive use they are still pretty much as new, so they are very durable.