DYNAFIT SPEEDFIT DYNASTRETCH

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OUR TAKE The SpeedFit splits the dif­fer­ence be­tween weather pro­tec­tion and mois­ture man­age­ment. Its back half is made of a thin, brushed polyester-elas­tane blend that trades weath­er­proof­ing for great breatha­bil­ity, which ef­fec­tively man­aged heat even when we were break­ing trail in pow­der. The rear rarely wet­ted out as long as we were mov­ing for­ward, even in heavy spring snow. The for­ward-fac­ing half of the pants features a heav­ier, abra­sion-re­sis­tant stretch ny­lon that feels like a soft­shell; while not waterproof, its DWR coat­ing shrugged off heavy snow we en­coun­tered on tours around Jack­son, Wy­oming. Four-way stretch is ex­cel­lent: One tester says his ham­strings would fail way be­fore the ma­te­rial reached its lim­its.

THE DE­TAILS Re­in­forced gaiters on the in­step kept us from slic­ing our pants while trail run­ning with mi­crospikes. An­kle zips open up to 8 inches in di­am­e­ter to ac­co­mo­date ski boots, and the low-pro­file waist­band feels good un­der a pack’s hip­belt.

TRAIL CRED “Th­ese pants are great for win­ter trail run­ning,” one tester says. “The trim fit doesn’t snag on branches, and the peached lin­ing feels ex­cel­lent next to skin.” $180; 15.5 oz. (m’s M); m’s XS-XL, w’s XS-L; dynafit.com

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