Women's Obsidian Pant
RIPSTOP MERINO AND STRETCH NYLON
Women's Obsidian Pant Details
- Next to Skin
- 90% merino wool, 10% ballistic ripstop nylon
- True to Size: Purchase your normal size to wear over or under other layers
- Merino-nylon midweight woven ripstop fabric
- Body-mapped stretch nylon reinforcement
- Belt and suspender loops
- Naturally odor resistant
- Extremely quiet--ideal for both spot and stalk and stationary hunting
- Naturally UV absorbent to eliminate shine and fire-resistant
- Stays warm whether dry or wet
How It's Built
- Material: Woven Ripstop Merino Blend
- Primary Uses:
- Spot & Stalk
- Tree Stand
- Weight: 18oz.
Where to Use
- Temperature Range:
- 20F - 45F
- 45F - 60F
- 60F - 80F
- Above 80F
I am sad to see that other women are having trouble with these ripping! Mine held up great during archery season trucking through the mountains. I was stoked to see these come out because the Altura's are swishy and make so much noise when you hike in them. Not a good look for a spot and stalk archery hunter. Anyways, I mentioned in another review that I size up from what I normally wear. I am typically an XS in most clothes but get a size Small in all my first lite gear. I made the mistake of getting the altura's in XS and they are on the tighter side so I decided to get a Small for these pants and they are a little big but I like that for comfortability and not worrying about my pants splitting open if I need to get over fallen trees or whatever the mountains give you. They're comfy and I am so glad they finally came out with the women's pant in merino wool. As for care, I wash with cold water and hang them up to dry. I do this with my husband's pants and he has not had any crazy rips and he still rocks his knabb pants (the edition before the obsidians). Size up if you are between sizes and would like to be comfy.
The pants fit nicely and have similar pocket design as their other woman alturas pants. They are quiet, which is why I bought them. However, first time I went out torn them more than once on a small snub tree and branch. Not designed for backcountry hunting in large downed timber. The tears get worse too the ripstop in the merino fabric still frays horribly. Only will wear them for day hunts in open hill sides or open understory or camp pants, but not in backcountry for extended time because I would be unable to repair the tears. I am wishing they would come out with pants that for woman that are durable like the alturas but quiet.
I have been wanting these for a very long while. Ever sense I seen my mans. Now women’s line has them! The feel great. Lite weight beautiful color. I would really love a long option. I’m in a size small, fits perfect except I look like I’m ready for a flood. I just wear my gators but wishing I had full ankle coverage. I’m 5’ 9” Currently 145lbs. hips are 36” waist 30”
I received these last week and have some initial thoughts. The material felt like it would be too warm for August here where it can be 100+, however I wore these to work outdoors under the blazing sun and remained comfortable, likely because the merino is breathable and temperature regulating. Being merino though, they did snag thorns easily. The fit is nearly perfect, if the inseam were just a bit longer I would be 100% happy. The articulated fit gave my larger butt and thighs enough room to bend comfortably and the stretch at the back of the waistband had just enough give for comfort when I needed to sit or squat down. I haven't worn these with a pack yet, but felt a spot inside the front waistband that poked a little bit, maybe it will go away after washing.
Thank you very much- after almost 30 years of hunting in goofy women’s shrink and pink camo, Grandpas handmedowns, or men’s size Small hunting clothes, First Lite gets it- that some women really hunt, and hunt as hard and men, and we like to feel proud and capable in good quality hunting clothes.
These pants are destined to be worn hunting elk, deer, bear, and mountain lion.
I expect them to work.
Been waiting for these in a women's fit/cut for awhile. That said, I wasn't sure I "needed" these as I have 2 pairs of Alturus and I generally run cold, so an uninsulated pant has limited use for me. What ultimately made me purchase them was to have some protection for my legs during summer scouting. My Alturus were just too swampy for humid July forays. These breathe soooo much better! I also really appreciate the button taps that let me roll them up to capri length when it's really warm. And of course, since they are merino, they can be (and have been) worn multiple days in a row without getting smelly. I have several pairs of First Lite women's pants and these by far have the best fit. FL, knocked the fit out of the park on these, in my opinion. There really is no gapping at the waist if you squat and I appreciate the detailing at the side pockets that give a space to clip on a knife, or just not ripped the seem if you squat. The fabric is a little less stretchy than the Alturas, but they are still are comfortable and non-binding. My husband wants a pair of his own for rock climbing.
These pants are so much more diverse than I thought they'd be and my new favorite. First use I took them on a 6 mile trek, I got wet immediately crossing through willows. These pants kept me warm even when wet, dried faster than I expected of wool, and still 100% breathable.
I've been wearing them for scouting days and plan to wear them all through my archery hunts in CO and probably into rifle. I would say they're more robust than my Alturas pants without any extra bulk.
I have a longer athletic frame so I went with a size down than normal to get these more fitted to my legs, the stretch in the waist allows that of you're between sizing. I'm typically a medium in all things FL, and I still recommend ordering true to size.
Finally! A pant I can wear! And not a stitch of pink in sight! Real belt loops for a functional belt! Why is it so hard for all the other companies to realize we need women’s clothes that fit, and why would I want to suffer in sub par gear while my husband is toasty and mobile? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
My husband has the men’s version and loves them so when these were back in stock I bought a pair right away. I’m not surprised how much I love mine too. Tested these pants out at Chitina, AK for salmon dip netting. They kept me warm when I was cold and cool when I was hot. They dry extremely fast too. There are several pockets deep enough that you’re stuff doesn’t fall out, there are two small zipper pockets as well. There are no back pockets which I am ok with. These do not come with suspenders as advertised in the video but customer service was great and said they will be mailing me a pair for the confusion. They fit me well loosely, if you like tight pants these are not it. I prefer to have some space for layering. I live in Alaska and am going to school for wildlife biology. Can’t wait to keep testing them out. They are one of the most comfortable pants I’ve worn for outdoorsy stuff and worth the $170.
I bought these in Conifer with upland hunting, wade fishing, mushroom hunting, and all around hiking in mind. My expectations were low since my Alturas pants that I'd bought for big game hunting (purchased more than four years ago, so I'm sure they've been updated since) were so disappointing (loud material, loud zippers, short waisted, and stretched out dramatically when wet and were falling off underneath my pack). The Obsidian has exceeded my expectations by a lot. They are indeed "dang near silent". They are just the right material to comfortably ford a river or stream, stay warm when wet, and dry out quickly (yahoo to marino). They are far more durable than my previous First Lite pants, and will endure rock scrapes and puppy claws. I like the pocket articulation specifically made to hold my knife in place, and a slip in pocket that's wide and roomy enough to get my phone into without hindering walking. Being that I'm Quadzilla, often times putting a phone in my pocket means the pants are then too tight to comfortably walk in. I'm extremely short legged, and this inseam is perfect for me, so I'm positive taller gals will be annoyed. The Obsidian is comfy enough to keep on under puffy pants or a rain shell. The part I love more than anything is they are roomy enough to accommodate my bubble ass with extra room to squat, but are tapered and small in the waist so I'm not cinching in material and modifying at the sewing machine. I wear a size 0 in Patagonia for reference; the First Lite size chart shows an XS as a 2.