Obsidian Merino Pants Details
- Next to Skin
- Care Instructions: Wash in cold water only, tumble dry low 5 minutes to remove wrinkles, and hang dry to finish. If possible, hang dry only.
- 88% merino wool, 2% ballistic ripstop nylon, 1.5% polyester, 8.5% spandex
- 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 (suspenders included)
- 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
- Cut: Athletic
- Primary Uses:
- Spot & Stalk
- Tree Stand
- Weight: 22oz.
Where to Use
- Temperature Range:
- 45F - 60F
- 60F - 80F
- Above 80F
I loved these pants until the fabric wore out in the crotch. I didn't even really get to test them in the field because the fabric pilled away to nothing before hunting season. Had them for about 5 months. First Lite was great about returning them and I'm going to try the new foundry pants instead.
Just awesome, really cheap price for what it is.
Super comfy, quiet with just enough stretch (a lot for Merino pants) The elastic waist band is a charm and they are really light! Every hunter needs one.
Obsidian merino pants & fuse crew shirt (cipher)
Extremely comfortable pants and shirt, fit perfect out of the box. Great mobility in movement zero tight spots excellent breathability however,
for those of you out beating up the manzanita and buck brush they aren’t the most durable pants for that sort of abuse. I was unfair, and took them through some pretty rough terrain just to see, and left with a rip in the knee. I’m going to buy the guide pants for that.
I just cannot say enough good about these pants. They fit and feel great. These and my kiln hoody are a staple in the lineup. I did not get to break out my solitude bibs that much because it was a rather warm season, so these pants were my go to from early to mid/late season. I have personally not had some of the durability issues that some others have complained about and I wear these pants a lot.
The obsidian pants are by far the most comfortable hunting pants I’ve ever owned. I’ve had my pair for almost a year. Used in both spring and fall hunting. My only gripe is the wearing out in the crotch area. I remember reading the improvement from older model of these pants (kanab) to this model (obsidian) was the crotch material being nylon so to not wear out. This is true. FL did put a patch of nylon material in the crotch area. But they should have made it longer down the thighs, like 6” or so. I know my thighs are thick but an improved (down where thighs actually rub) reinforce gusseted crotch area would make these the ultimate. I am bummed that I now have to find a seamstress to rig something up so I can continue to wear them. I would buy again if FL improved the crotch area to prevent this problem. I don’t recommend to anyone with larger thighs like me. Unless you have the money to keep repairing or buying new ones. For reference I have a stocky build.
Ok I rolled the idea around for almost two years on these pants, on first lite pants in general. We do week long elk trips in the early season so about half way through I have to do a laundry day in the creek. After hearing the no stink claims and the hype from a certain podcast I said I will try them. I got them I said no way these are gonna last hunting the pnw coast. They will get destroyed. It’s a place where the ferns are straight out Jurassic park. Brush is thick and I figured they would only make a few seasons but thought for sure they would get a few holes the first season. They fit amazing almost if you don’t mind wearing yoga pants,so order a size up on there sizing chart. I stayed cool and warm when needed. They didn’t hold sweat. They didn’t stink. I even did a mile jog in them on the mountain to get the truck to get to another location never over heated while doing that. The downside . The crotch or seat. After that week hunt they rubbed through and I was left with a wide open vent between the legs where you don’t want it haha. No holes other then that. The only other downside is your constantly in fear of them getting caught and ripping but they don’t just the crotch area . 185 $ ,a week hunt ,and now I have to purchase new pants because the seat seam is ripped open. Nice but no thanks.
These pants feel very rugged but comfortable at the same time. Extremely happy with them! I now have two pairs.
I would love to have a navy blue option so that I could wear them for working at the firehouse.
Probably the most perfect outdoor pants I’ve worn. 5’ 9”, 170, wear 32/32. Pants are baggy enough to wear a base layer when it gets cold, but not too baggy. Warm when they need to be, comfortable when it’s warm. The suspenders made me realize that I like suspenders. The only negative I’ve experienced after wearing only these pants for an entire whitetail season is the stitching in the groin ripped (quick fix, but they could reinforce stitching in next versions) and the wool began to pill a little. Again, heavy use, and they’ve done better than other outdoor pants I’ve ever had.
I wore the Obsidian pants all September bowhunting and in November rifle hunting in CO. I love the fit of the pants. They are very comfortable, provide some warmth but are also very breathable. On cooler mornings and later in the fall I wore a pair of Fuse zip offs underneath and it was a perfect combo of warmth and breathability. The pants have been very durable, I logged about 60 miles of hiking this fall nearly all of it off trail, the only wear to the pants that is visible was a small puncture hole from a sharp stick I walked right into trying to get through thick brush. I think this is to be expected with pants that are otherwise so comfortable, breathable, and move well with me while I am hiking. They are so comfortable I am buying a second pair to wear for everyday use. Ive walked through wet brush and snow and they dry quickly, but have not yet gotten rained on yet.
Don't normally write reviews, but I had to with these. I have a hard time buying pants. I'm a 35 waist, so some 36's fit, some are too big. 34 is too small. Large fit perfect. Light, but warm outside, and cool indoors. Perfect pants, really. I wish they made dress slacks out of this material, I'd own every color I could buy.