Gear Review: M65 field pants liner

In Andrew Skurka’s recent excellent review of core clothing systems, he looked over insulated  (puffy) jackets and pants.

One of the items he mentioned are the M65 field liner pants as a very good bargain.

Sporting the military puffy pants below Arapaho Lakes. PCO Mark Thomas.

I’ve been using these pants for years and been suggesting them for a while too.  At less than $20 shipped from such places as EBay, they are indeed quite the bargain.

Thought I’d add a little more info about one of my favorite pieces of budget gear.

First, I’ll say right away that they are not quite as good as similar synthetic pants and definitely not as good or light as higher end down pants. But the price to performance ratio is awesome.

I’ve had my pair for about seven or eight years now and they are just starting to show some wear and tear. Ball it up, stuff it, get a stray spark from a camp fire..for about $20 a pair, why not?

You’ll want to get the long size if these pants are purchased. These pants are sized for combat boots and the regular length version only goes down to the shin. The long version is sized better for traditional backcountry footwear.

With a little sewing, the cuffs can be given shock cords so they aren’t loose and something similar can be done for the waist.

As for the weight, a men’s large is about 12 oz. +/-  Note that different manufacturers make these pants so there may be variation in the shell material and some even have such features as buttons on the sides of the legs. In other words, a one to two-ounce difference may be encountered between pants. As a comparison, these medium sized  Western Mountaineering pants are about 7 oz; the Montbell Thermwrap pants are about 9oz. Both of these pants have correspondingly higher prices, too.

I wear these pants for winter trips, shoulder season backpacking and any trips where I have more social/camp time.

Inexpensive, effective, durable and not all that heavy.  Excellent!

 

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