Women's Obsidian Pant
RIPSTOP MERINO AND STRETCH NYLON
Women's Obsidian Pant 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
- 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:
- 45F - 60F
- 60F - 80F
- Above 80F
They are a little on the roomy side in the bottom and hip area, and taper awkwardly down to the ankle...would like to see a lower waist and slightly slimmer cut. Also, I would totally buy these in another color if they were offered in khaki or gray, but not in any of the other current options. Not everyone loves camo...
I bought these pants for my girlfriend and upon first wash on cold/hung dry, pants shrunk a whole size. After owning kuiu, first lite, sitka, stone glacier, this has to be the worst performing wool I have seen. Additionally, customer service was absolutely horrible. Upon filling out a warranty claim I was offered a 30% discount for a future purchase. It is comical that first lite thinks any logically thinking person would buy another product from them with this experience. Your pants cannot even handle cold water and being hung to dry. You think any serious hunter would want to buy them to hunt in if your pants are going to shrink 5" in the inseam? Now I am stuck with $170 pants to use as a rag. Thank you first lite!!
Put my very first First Lite gear to the test on my draw tag elk hunt in southeast Alaska and I must say it held up well. Pockets in the right places, great fit, and ability to layer. Only thing is they did start to pill a bit in the thighs, but I blame all my layers and heavy pack loads for long distances in rugged terrain rather than the quality of these pants. Would recommend these to other women seeking quality outdoor gear.
I wore these for elk rifle season last fall and they held up great. First day I wore them with just long johns underneath, going through heavy wet brush, and they never got fully wet, and were warm and comfortable. I love the pockets. The length could be a little longer as when I tucked them into my boots I did have to adjust a few times as they would work their way out the top. I tripped on a particularly sneaky log at some point and ripped a hole in one leg but otherwise have had no trouble with wear and tear out of the ordinary. I took them for a 4 -day camping trip last month and wore them the entire time. Great in 80-degree weather, not itchy, very comfortable. Would buy them again in a heartbeat. I have lost about 20 lbs since buying them and they still fit great with a belt because of the design.
I loved everything about these pants at first, after not more than 5 times wearing them the inner thigh seam ripped away form the stitching, the fabric completely separated from the seam. I am hoping to try a different style pant, and maybe they will be more durable. I thought these would be very durable considering they are ripstop fabric.
Finally, a women's hunting pant that fits like it's supposed to and is functional for being in the field. I was a bit skeptical that the pants would truly be quiet enough for spot and stalk hunting in the brush and terrain here; however, I'm pleasantly surprised. I've only used them a few times so I cannot attest to durability; however, they seem very well made. The pants are comfortable (clearly cut for a woman's body) with plenty of usable pockets to carry gear for the hunt. They have quickly become my favorite hunting/hiking pants..
Just received my Obsidian pants. This is a review of fit and features. Will have to comment later on performance. They fit fine, as expected. I really wish they didn't have a gathered waist, which always feels so bulky to me. The length, on my 5' 6" frame, is a little short, so just as I did on my Guide pants, I let the hem out right away and gained about an inch. An approximate measure of the inseam prior to the adjustment was about 30" - 30 1/2". I hate that when I sit down the pants come part way up my shins! The cargo pockets, (thank you First Lite!) are a little shallow. They are JUST deep enough to fit my smaller phone, an apple 5SE with Otter Box cover, which is the same as the Guide pant. My husband bought the men's Obsidian pants at the same time and his pockets are about an 1 1/4" deeper with pleated bottom.(disappointed sigh) I like to keep my phone in my cargo pocket for quick access to my Onxmaps app. Anyone who does the same thing, but has a larger phone, will not be able to do this. The pant is of quality construction. I hate to be critical, but still want to thank First Lite for offering quality women's hunting clothes! Please consider offering a longer length for women. Larger pockets and flat waistband too!
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.