Obsidian Merino Pants
Ripstop Merino and Stretch Nylon

Silent, odor resistant, and comfortable from 100 degrees into late season, the Obsidian merino pant takes the torch from the best-selling Kanab 2.0 pant with the fit being based off our hugely popular Corrugate Guide Pant. The Obsidian's ergonomic design and proprietary, stretch merino/nylon fabric work in conjunction to move and flex with the body and provide maximum durability all while preserving the qualities you love about Merino. Reinforced with rip-stop nylon, this woven merino pant has no UV signature or shine and fends off odor-causing bacteria better than any synthetic. Stretch nylon panels also enhance range of motion and provide durability and support in high stress areas. The Obsidian pant is equipped with detachable suspenders for a superior fit with pack or harness and can be used with other First Lite pants. This piece is machine washable and will dry quickly over a branch or on a line. These features make the Obsidian a superior choice for a wide range of stationary and active hunting applications.




$180.00
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Product Details

Layering Position

  • - Next to Skin
    • Features

    • - True to Size: Purchase your normal size to wear over or under other layers
    • - Durable 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
    • Cut Athletic
      System Position Midlayer
      Material 90% Merino Wool, 10% Nylon
      Actual Product Weight Size MD 22 oz.
      Primary Usage Spot & Stalk, Tree Stand, Upland, Fishing

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Reviews

4.4
of 5
154 Reviews
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Very Happy
5
The first opportunity that I was able to wear these was opening day of turkey. I was initially concerned about the pants durability due to how light weight they were. From walking through wet fields to crawling through thick wooded areas, these pants held up great! They dried off quickly and did not snag or tear. They are dead silent while moving. Pocket placement was very well thought out and there is definetly enough which is a issue with other brands. These pants are very comfortable and sized just right. Definitely worth the money, I will purchase again.
- Seth on 4/2/2018
Obsidian Merino Pants
5
these pants fit great. I am 5' 10" and 145 pounds glad I went with the size small. They are super light weight and comfortable. Lots of pockets to store all your junk. Very impressed with these pants
- Ryan on 3/30/2018
First impressions
5
I just received a pair of these britches and I won't have a chance to field test it for the first time until this weekend but would like to share my initial thoughts. I bought these pants with hot weather early seasons in mind and hope they'll work in the mid- late season as well with appropriate base layers. The pants are extremely comfortable and breathable but I am curious to see if the "rip-stop nylon" really produces "maximum durability" and if these pants will hold up to my rigorous style of hunting. Hopefully my concerns are proven wrong. I look forward to testing them out.
- Devon on 3/28/2018
An awesome pair of pants
5
My first outing with the pants I went for a cold pre turkey season walk about. They were comfy and quiet. The morning started out in the 20’s and warmed up to 50 in the afternoon and I never felt I was either to cold or too hot. I like the style and fit. I didn’t get to crazy crashing through the thick stuff so I can’t say to much on durability. Overall I would recommend these pants.
- Andy on 3/23/2018
Good pants but not Kanabs
5
Very light pants that you can actually see through but oddly regulate body temperature fairly well. Fit is great, as with all First Lite apparel. I feel like the Kanab 2.0 is a little warmer and softer pant and would like to see a version of the Kanab come back as another pant option.
- Chad on 3/19/2018
What are you paying for?
5
Pros
-These are light, breathable, quick-drying pants. Not terribly durable, but they perform well.
-Pockets are well thought out, if a little redundant.
-Ankle cuffs are nice.
-Gusseted crotch is welcome and appreciated.

Cons
-They have an elastic waist instead of proper sizing (i understand this keeps costs down for the maker - but lets be serious here - these are $190 pants!). Throwing in suspenders doesn't make up for this.
-They have orange logos printed all over them like sweat pants from the 1980s. Not really suitable for wearing around town, unless you're into free-advertising. I am not.

Overall, great material and great design, and I'd buy again - but I question some of the choices made in their production. Paying $190 for pants, and feeling like I'm compromising on the little things kinda sucks.
- Bear Cat on 3/13/2018
Breathable, Stealthy, and Comfortable
5
If I had to sum these up, I would describe them as the pant I wear when it's early season till about mid-season with a base layer underneath. They are SILENT, so great for stalking and bowhunting. They are BREATHABLE, with the qualities of merino allow them to be super-breathable for comfort and with high-output periods during a hunt. Lastly, they are COMFORTABLE, with a slight stretch material and perfectly cut.
These remind me of a new and improved overhauled version of a classic 6-pocket military BDU pant.
- SyracuseHunter on 3/9/2018
Almost perfect pants..just not tough enough
5
First off I, i bought these pants to double as an out west hunting pant, and a midwest whitetail pant, and i did end up returning these pants for a pair of corrugate guide pants...BUT these pants are extremely comfortable, dead quiet, have a great range of temperature use, and they are just about perfect...my only complaint was they just weren't quite tough enough for a Midwest whitetail pant for me, some seams and stitching failed but one email to first lite customer service had that handled. Pants get a 4 star, customer service is definitely a 5 star.
- Josh on 3/3/2018
Excellent
5
The fit on these pants is perfect. Very breathable. Durability seams good. Was caught up in a bunch of briars and slid down a hill on my but because of ice and have no noticeable damage.
- Gilly on 3/2/2018
Obsidian Merino Pants
5
I have one word that accurately describes these pants, Professional. I have never worn a pair of hunting pants and been so impressed with it's design, comfortability and moisture wicking material. First lite continues to impress me with their clothing that I consider more of an essential equipment than anything else. You will not be disappointed with the Obsidian pants; whether they are used during the fall season or during the first snow fall with proper laying these pants can do it all.
- Donnie on 3/1/2018
Great pant for variety of weather
5
These pants are incredible comfortable at almost any conditions. I've worn them from hot days to below freezing with a high wind with a base layer underneath and been warm. They are a good fit and the suspenders give even extra support. Good pocket configuration for a lot of storage
- Max on 2/24/2018
Critical piece for any hunting kit
5
If there was ever a do-it-all pant, this is it. From early season & warm, to late season & below freezing, this pant can take it. Wore these on every hunt from beginning to end of season for southern IL whitetails, and they held up like a champ! I used the Brambler gaiters to protect the bottom of the legs from snags and such, as I have to move through a lot of brush and grasses where I hunt to get into the big boys, and never had any problems with that combo. Love the solid colors for spring hiking or scouting in the summer. The ability to layer under or over these with other pieces of FL kit is a game changer.
- Tackleberry1919 on 2/23/2018
epic fit/function
5
I ordered multiple pairs of pants to try out as i can't stand baggy pants. The fit of other FL pants didn't fit me that well at all. They were either long in the crotch for my build or too baggy. These fit like a dream. Its just like wearing a set of 5.11 tac pants. They aren't baggy and they have just enought stretch to them. The included suspenders are epic!!! Never thought I'd like not having a belt but I love it as it feels so much better under my backpack. They dry super quick and the pockets are all located right were they should be. I would tell anyone to give them a try!
- Mitch on 2/22/2018
Very well thought out design
5
This is without a doubt the most comfortable and functional pants I have ever worn!! Hands down build for the dynamics of the outdoors. Flexibility is huge for a bigger guy like me and these make it easy to move about. I really appreciate how quite they are and how functional, nicely done !
- Shane on 2/21/2018
VERSATILE
5
I was very impressed by these pants! I wore them on the Whitetail stand early January and wore them on a 75 degree shed hunt! These pants are as versatile as they come outstanding addition to the pack I recommend getting these all day long! YOU WONT BE SORRY!
- Zed on 2/19/2018
VERSATILE
5
I was very impressed by these pants! I wore them on the Whitetail stand early January and wore them on a 75 degree shed hunt! These pants are as versatile as they come outstanding addition to the pack I recommend getting these all day long! YOU WONT BE SORRY!
- Zed on 2/19/2018
Take 'em Everywhere
5
I was really impressed with these pants for a few reasons:

They're so versatile that you can combine them with long underwear and be warm at -10C or you can roll them up and they're good to go for early season temps up to 30C.
They dry in a snap - even when you're wearing them.
They've been durable so far, with ~3 months of heavy use, yet are still comfortable and soft.
Overall a great addition for hiking and hunting
- Fred on 2/13/2018
Comfort but not durable..
5
I went on my second back country Elk hunt this fall and decided to upgrade all of my clothing for this trip. These are the most comfortable pair of pants I've ever worn and look sharp too.

As comfortable as these were they only held up for a day and a half. On the second day of my trip these pants tore while walking through the Idaho timber. Luckily I was wearing gators but the tear occurred right above them. By the end of the week I had tears in both legs and ruined pants, it wasn't even thick brush on this mountain. For $200 a pair of pants with the description that includes " stretch merino/nylon fabric work in conjunction to move and flex with the body and provide maximum durability", these pants were incredibly disappointing.

What was more disappointing than the durability of these pants was the response from First Lite when I emailed them about them. The customer service representative informed me that these pants are warrantied for a year for manufacturer defects but not damage in the field, even if it was less than a week old. He did mail me a small patch of fabric so i could repair them myself and a small discount for my next purchase; however, I don't know how to sew and based on my personal experience I'm not sure I can justify gambling on another pair.

In the contacts section of this site First Lite states "First Lite prides itself in providing exemplary customer service. Complete customer satisfaction is our foremost goal". I like the idea of this company and the public figures that rep it but based on quality and service I'm not sure I'll be back.
- Jeremy on 2/8/2018
Great early season pant
5
I bought these before the 2017 deer season, and love them. I have 2 pair of corrugate pants, but I have made them my mid to late season pants. The Obsidian pants are much lighter, and much more comfortable for the warmer hunts. Super durable so far. Walked through plenty of brush and no tears.
- Tres on 2/7/2018
Great all around hunting pants
5
I have been wearing these pants on mid to late season small game and white tail hunts In Ontario, Canada.

My favourite features of these pants are the light weight of them, the suspenders are great, they flex very well if you are walking hilly terrain or climbing a bit.
They have a lot of pockets that are well placed. The hip pockets are very deep and the side pockets are a great size and do not get in the way at all.

As for durability, I have been wearing them as an outer pant and have walked through quite a few thorn bushes and they have held up surprisingly well. They do have visible signs of wear but considering they are made of wool I am satisfied with their durability and how the rip stop functions.

I would recommend these as a good all around pant but if you are planning on trekking through heavily thorned areas or climbing up and down sharp rocks I would recommend going with a but heavier pair of pants.

- Joey on 2/6/2018
Awesome so far
5
I've been wearing these out in the -20C weather and surprised at the warmth they provide. I wasn't sure about the suspenders as I'm a bigger guy and worried about the fit. It was surprisingly comfortable. The flex is great and look good. Wish there were more selection of colours.
- BigRockKen on 2/2/2018
Good all around hunting pant.
5
I wanted a tough and durable hunting pant that was still light. So far I’m very pleased. Pockets are well thought out and the overall function of the pants is just wanted I needed. Using in PA woods.
- Marc on 2/2/2018
Most Comfortable Pants Ever!
5
I thought the Corrugate Guide Pants were great, these are the most comfortable pants I have ever worn!
- Terry on 2/1/2018
Best Pants I've Owned
5
Taken these on hunts for black bear in MT, squirrels in VA, and whitetails in MS. They are the best hunting pants I've owned. Fit great, move great, don't make noise, easy to layer. Was skeptical about the suspenders but after using them a bunch I love them! Would definitely recommend these to everyone!
- Nate on 1/22/2018
Great gear piece!
5
I went into ordering these pants with some slight apprehension. In the past when wearing wool pants if I was in a heavy dew or rain and they became soaked it was very difficult to dry them out effectively without hanging them off a branch. Well these pants eased my fears. I had them wet on multiple occasions through heavy dew, rain, and post-holing through snow and the pants dried in an acceptable amount of time while I was wearing them. The temperature range that I was comfortable in was phenomenal and I was pleasantly surprised how well they did even in warmer temps. I never used the suspenders nor the buttons for holding your pant legs up. I ordered the LT for added length when hiking and they fit perfect. Loved them. Highly recommend.
- Paul on 1/21/2018
Awesome all around pant!
5
I love these pants for the wide temperature range that I can wear them and be comfortable. I did rip them on the second day of use when they snagged on a branch from a log I was stepping over. If I had any complaint it would be I wish they were tougher but the positives outweigh the negatives I love these pants!
- Shawn on 1/15/2018
Can’t go wrong with these pants!
5
I had been looking for a merino wool rip stop hunting pants and the Obsidians delivered! I wore them hunting mule deer during the rut in November in Montana and they were my main hunting pants for a black tail deer and sea duck hunt on Kodiak in early December. They were comfortable across a wide range of temps, especially when paired with a pair of the 230 g bottoms! They held up great against the Devils club. I will add that the sizing recommendations are accurate. I’m 6’4” and the tall sizing was just right but depending on the brand I bounce between medium and large. Knowing I was going to be layering with these pants I went with the large. Hindsight I wish I would have gone with mediums.
- Michael on 1/15/2018
The Only Hunting Pant I Need
5
I was first converted to hunting in Merino wool pants with the Knab 2.0. Ever since, I've loved hunting in a merino pant. The Obsidian makes me even more of a believer. The pocket design is excellent, the fit is great and the materials are just right. This pant took me from warm September archery hunts to mid-November mule deer hunting this year, and from timberline in Colorado to the rugged deserts of west Texas. Merino is versatile, quiet, odor-resistant and extremely comfortable. It's hard to imagine going back to a full-synthetic pant.
- RyanM on 1/11/2018
Great Pants
5
Love these pants. I just don't love them more than the Corrugates.
These pants work well for the hunter who uses them for a few days a year. They do not stand up well to continued use and abuse. If you want a pant for warm weather these are amazing for that. I am not tall or overweight but I have big thighs and calves. Because of that I tend to stretch things that should not be stretched. I have ripped seams (I sew them back together) which doesn't bother me, most people do not appreciate busting seams, especially in the back country. If you want a hardcore pant to abuse check out the Corrugates. Super breathable and very comfy.
- Wes on 1/10/2018
Love the pocket configuration and the fit is good as well. These are going to be my go to warm weather pants.
5
Love the pocket configuration and the fit is good as well. These are going to be my go to warm weather pants.
- Andrew on 1/9/2018
First Lite Obsidians
5
I have purchased obsidian in ASAT pattern. I am very pleased with this product. I wish you wouldn't discontinue ASAT pattern. The pants are quiet, and semi durable. I say this because briars and snags can destroy these pants. Though for merino they hold up very well. I wear them all season long which is 10 weeks here in Montana. Overall fit is great, and lots of movement. My sizing is somewhere between a medium and a large. I am 5'10, 190 pounds.
- Joshua on 1/9/2018
Great pants
5
These pants are awesome. They seem to be Warmer than the corrugate guide pant. One flaw I dislike about these is the button on the side by the knee makes noise against my bow while stalking. other than that I think I like them more than the corrugate after wearing them recently in the field. I hunt az mostly in case that helps understand how there put to use!
- Nick on 1/8/2018
Perfect mountain hunting pant
5
I wore these pants for 14 days elk hunting in the mountains. They were comfortable, kept me warm and dried very quickly when they got wet. The leg pockets also hold a decent amount of extras.
- Chep on 1/5/2018
Prefer the kanabs
5
I waited to hunt all season before writing any reviews. I overall am pleased with these pants. Compared to the kanabs, these do not have an internal extra layer in the knee region. I really liked that in my kanabs, as when you are doing a lot of movement, that internal "slick" fabric helped to prevent knee snag with your long johns when you're taking high steps. Anyway, for what another opinion is worth, these are very nice pants worth the purchase. I still prefer the kanabs.
- kyle on 1/4/2018
Best pant hands down
5
2017 Oregon elk season had every possible weather scenario. From temps over 100 to low level snow, not to mention many days of smoke due to wild fires. These pants did not smell from the smoke or sweat and kept me warm when freezing temps were upon us. While tracking a bull my pants were covered in blood as we were moving through thick reprod. To my surprise every speck of dried blood came out of the pants in one recommended wash. DURABILITY? This seems to be a hot topic. YES, they are durable and resist rips and tears to the best ability that a light weight breathable hunting pant can. The stretch panel in the croch gives me confidence when climbing over wind fall that they will not and have not blow out. Overall this is a great pant and I recommend these to anyone wanting an odor resistant, fast drying, breathable, lightweight, durable hunting pant.
- Josh on 1/4/2018
Something different
5
I really liked these pants on my 7 day whitetail hunt they held up to the brush and thorns well. I crossed a creek everyday on the way to my stand and they wicked water away very well. It was colder so I never rolled them up but I will probably try that out this spring on a turkey hunt. I would recommend these pants to anyone who spends time outdoors.
- Daniel on 1/4/2018
outstanding!
5
These are my go to pants. They move easy and fit just right. I really like the pocket placement on these also.
- mac on 1/2/2018
Great Pants
5
The price is steep but compared to some of the other higher end retail brands it's reasonable. Used them for elk hunting in October in Utah for 4 days and they were great. Love the merino. The suspenders were great and as a 6'2" guy the long size is awesome. My favorite pant!
- Landon on 12/27/2017
These pants are not made for thorns
5
With that caveat out of the way, I really want to love these pants. The pocket arrangement is pretty genius and I love be fit. These are very comfortable to wear and they just feel fantastic. Thorny brushy country, however will start popping holes and pulling threads in no time.
- John on 12/27/2017
All around great
5
Great pants I love the material and the comfert. I wouldn’t hesitate to wear these pants in the mountains of Colorado or the fields in Texas the only thing I would like to see is built in knee pads. Other than that I love them
- Carsen on 12/22/2017
Surprised
5
These pants surprised me on how comfortable and durriable they are love all the pockets I'm always stuffing my pockets and it's nice to have options, I was pleased with them as I walked through thick buck brush and hiked steep hills and the dry fast whether from crossing a creek or workong up a sweat
- Sheldon on 12/20/2017
Great pants
5
These pants are so comfortable and when you layer the Allegheny under neath, they are very warm. It’s a great all around hunting pants. Don’t let the merino wool fool you in thinking they would be too hot in the early season. It’s quite the opposite, they breath very well and I have worn them in 70-80 degree temperatures and was very surprised that they were not uncomfortable. Definitely, buying a few more.
- Chad on 12/17/2017
Tougher than you think...
5
I really like wearing merino pants because they are quite, comfortable, worm when you need it and breathable when it gets hot. I wear them in the cactus filled desert chasing mule deer to the mountains chasing elk. I took these bad boys through thick manzanita and cat claw here in Arizona for 6 days, sure there are some thread pulls but no tears or anything to worry about. I've owned the Kanabs 1 and 2, these are definitely an upgrade. The new pockets and stretch panels make the Obsidians super functional and comfortable. I buy products to use them, and these have been used and will definitely be abused, I have no worry about the durability thus far as I feel they have held up better than expected.
- Justin on 12/17/2017
Versatile
5
I wear these alone in the early deer season September-October, throw on some leggings underneath when it starts to bite outside, and throw over my North Branch pants over top in the late season November-December or in wet weather.

They breath well and are comfortable. My only gripe is the fit. They are baggier than expected; my Medium fits a little loose around the waist at 31". I would have gotten Small, but at over 6' tall with long legs, they would have been too short. Luckily, the suspenders solve the issue in a more comfortable way than a belt!

I also like the added touch of the drawstring at the pant cuff to tighten around my boots, and the small patch of armoured material so the cuffs don't get shredded between rubbing boots.
- Me on 12/17/2017
Good but durability is lacking
5
Before I reviewed these pants I made sure to wear the hell outta them. I've hunted high country mule deer, texas white tails, cotton tails and upland game. I love these pants! They are very comfortable and the pockets are a great. Very well thought out design.

My only complaint is the qaulity doesn't seem to be there. After about 45 days in the field the butt is starting to wear thin. The pants began pilling after just a few washes. The first lite logo thread on the knee looks like a ball of yarn, lots of loose threads from the stitching not being tight enough. For the price I wish that these pants were more durable. Don't know how long they'll last but I would probably buy again.
- RT on 12/13/2017
Nice pants for trail walking. Not nice for off trail
5
These pants are comfortable, warm, and light. The first time I wore them out scouting for deer trails. I noticed right away that the threads of the pants were being pulled out of the pants by the small twigs, branches, and brambles i encountered along the way. It does not effect the function of the pant. But for the $190 dollar price tag, i expect something that is going to be more durable, and last longer than a couple trips out in the woods. If these would make excellent pack pants for still hunting. I would not recommend wearing them for any stalking or back country hiking. My am disappointed in the quality for such large price tag.
- William Herbst on 12/13/2017
Game Changer!
5
These have become my go to pants. Really not fair to call them pants. This is technical gear.
Pros
- Great Fit
- Super Comfortable
- Quiet
- Tempature versatility
- High Quality - pockets, seams and zippers

Cons
- Price point ( got them on Black Friday sale, otherwise I would of past at the full price)

Unknowns
- Long Term Durability

I will be buying more when on sale. Thank you
- Matt H on 12/8/2017
Some change is good
5
I like all the changes to the pockets on these pants but I feel the fit is different than the old kanabs and think I liked the fit of my kanabs a little better. This being said I really Like my new Obsidian pants and can't wait to get in the woods with them to fully test them
- Jahart on 12/8/2017
Love these.
5
If I had the money, I would only own 15 pair of these pants and wear them for everything form hunting to woodworking and welding(though that could be dangerous)... Love my First Lite gear.
- Nick Gann on 12/6/2017
Only used them once so far
5
I got the fusion camp pattern and it looks way better in person than it does in any picture. The pants are very comfortable and light weight, probably the most comfortable pants I’ve owned. I like that the front pockets are a top cut pocket and not like a 45degree cut, less chances of stuff falling out. Great pants over all can’t wait to put them to a lot more use.
- Texashunter on 12/5/2017
Only used them once so far
5
I got the fusion camp pattern and it looks way better in person than it does in any picture. The pants are very comfortable and light weight, probably the most comfortable pants I’ve owned. I like that the front pockets are a top cut pocket and not like a 45degree cut, less chances of stuff falling out. Great pants over all can’t wait to put them to a lot more use.
- Texashunter on 12/5/2017
Good Light Pant
5
Wore these for a field season in northern BC for forestry work. They held up very good. They were flexible and comfortable while climbing over snags, through tall brush etc. The elastic on the ankle did catch on a stick and break, but First Lite sorted me out right away when I got back. Very pleased with the customer service and these pants! Didn't get out hunting these season as I was busy opening a brewery! Look forward to some hard testing during Whitetail and Elk next year.
- Yari from BC on 12/5/2017
Quality materials make for super comfortable pants
5
I’ve worn these pants through a season of Midwest whitetail hunting. The majority of my hunting is from a stand. The fit and feel of these pants is superb and they are comfortable all day long. I am 6’1” & 210 pounds and the large fit me great. I like close fitting, athletic type fit in my hunting clothes and that is how the large fits me.
- Brian on 11/28/2017
Impressed With The Comfort Of Theses Pants
5
The Obsidian pants are unparalleled for comfort the moment you put them on. I particularly liked the amount and location of pockets. Certain little features like the nylon reenforcement in certain areas was appreciated. Also, I really liked using the suspenders, even with a pack. I wore these pants in all weather conditions, including hard rain and hot sun. Even soaking wet they were comfortable and not noticeably cold when paired with a thermal underwear.

I did notice the fabric starting to tear and lose threads after the first use. This continued throughout the season and the pants became more threadbare throughout. I don't think I will get any longevity out of these pants but they were comfortable for sure.
- Anthony on 11/28/2017
Great Pant
5
Love these for hunting from August til November with layers underneath. Just be careful around sharp sticks and you won't have any problems.
- Schuyler on 11/28/2017
Amazing at first
5
....but I don't think they'll take the miles they should for the price. I spent a few days chukar hunting to break them in and about five more elk hunting. Crotch is already starting to wear thin and a suspender loop already blew out. With that said, they are the most comfortable pants I've ever hunted in, they just need to sort out some durability issues. The temperature versatility is great from early season through winter conditions. Hopefully they're not just designed to impress weekend warriors.
- Brandon on 11/27/2017
Unsatisfactory
5
Only worn my Obsidian Pants a had full of times and the smallest twig caused a hole. I had them patched for 35 bucks! Then went on my elk hunt and 3 more wholes appeared. The Obsidian Pant should not be considered a hunting product or added to anyone’s gear. They do not stand a chance in any hunting environment! And once you wash them the holes get worse!!! I’m so disappointed..
- Matthew on 11/27/2017
Super impressed
5
put these on for the first time and they were way more comfortable then expected. Material is very lightweight yet strong. Went on a 8 mile hike yesterday and these pants kept me cool and did not smell at all even though I sweat a ton. Very impressed with first lite quality. I will be buying another pair non camo to wear around town.
- Glenn on 11/24/2017
Super impressed
5
put these on for the first time and they were way more comfortable then expected. Material is very lightweight yet strong. Went on a 8 mile hike yesterday and these pants kept me cool and did not smell at all even though I sweat a ton. Very impressed with first lite quality. I will be buying another pair non camo to wear around town.
- Glenn on 11/24/2017
Rejoice short guys!
5
I just got off my annual deer hunting trip to WV. I have worn my new Obsidians for the last 5 days and they performed wonderfully in all conditions. Cold and snowy, while scouting, on a cold stand or just hanging out at camp. But what I really like about these pants is the way the length adjusts easily to accommodate anyone including me with my 26" inseam! They have an adjustable elastic band at each cuff and with the drape of the fabric, they provide a great fit for a wide range of inseam lengths. I'm 5'5", 175 lbs and have a 36" waist. I bought a size large. I really like these pants!
- Mackey on 11/22/2017
Comfortable but baggy
5
The pants are comfortable and I love the suspender system but they are a bit baggier than expected. Judging from the material I would be hard pressed to suggest wearing these through any kind of thorny environment.
- Thomas on 11/20/2017
Pleasantly surprised
5
Big thanks to Steve Rinella for introducing the First Lite line to me. Purchased Obsidian pants for deer hunting northern Minnesota and to use as layering for ice fishing. When I received the pants I thought they were a little lightweight. I was pleasantly surprised after four days hunting in 15-30 degree weather with a good wind and rain/sleet/snow mix for much of the time. Walking in knee deep snow with good boots and base layers, I was toasty warm. The cinch bottoms were great for tucking into my boot and I could not find enough things to put in all the pockets.

I feel the pants are a little light-duty for thick grouse hunting. A tougher version would be a nice addition for grouse hunters. Found them to be great for deer hunting in Minnesota and I look forward to seeing how they perform this winter.
- Patrick on 11/17/2017
Durability...Not so much
5
First off I have to say I am very impressed with how warm these pants kept me in 4 degree weather. Unfortunately I am not happy with the durability of these pants. Packing out an elk I slipped on some loose ground landing on my bum and slid 1-2 feet. I got back to my feet, brushing of my dariere, and felt a rip in my pants just below the back right pocket. Super bummed... For $190 I was hoping for a little more durability.
- Darren on 11/16/2017
First lite obsidian pant
5
I have used these pants during two weeks of Maine moose hunting this year, and now 3/4 through deer season. I wanted to wait before writing anything to give them a good test. The pants are very comfortable and durable, and also very quiet, there is virtually zero noise if the pants rub on anything like sticks, brush etc. I have also had several instances where “normal” hunting pants would have ripped, and these came out without a scratch. I highly recommend them.
- Jerod on 11/15/2017
Pants perform great. I just worry about the sizing.
5
I recently purchased these pants about a month and half ago. I have had the opportunity to use them on two mule deer hunts here in California. So far they have held up to all the hiking and sitting on these hunts. They are surprisingly warm when you need them to be and breathe very well when it gets hot. I don't think you would have to layer up with these until it dips to 30 degrees maybe. At first i thought the material would be inconveniently itchy all the time, at first impression but after hunting in them they are quiet comfortable. The pocket lay out and rip stop material are great. At first i wasn't sure how I felt on the pockets but after putting them to use I am happy with them.
If I had to find something that I am not to thrilled with it would be the sizing. The large is a little to baggy and the waist is almost too big. I am 5'10" and 175lbs with 34" waist. The large fits 34-36 waist. With the extra stretch from the pants you can see why it would be a bit too big. After several washes they seem to fit fine. But i wonder how the mediums would of fit. All-in-all i am pleased with them.
I have a Arizona trip in Feb. for javelina and will see how they hold up in that country.
- sean on 11/14/2017
Mountain Durability
5
Bought this pants in July used them all summer scouting for sheep by the time sheep season ended in Alberta this pants had multiple rips if your a mountain hunter this pants aren't durable at all
- Dillon on 11/13/2017
Utah Elk Hunt
5
I bought the Obsidian Pants for a South Dakota bow hunt and later used them for my Utah elk gun hunt. These pants preformed great! Highly breathable for putting a lot of miles while packing some heavy weight. The fit of the pants is what I love the most, makes you feel very free and easy to move in. Highly recommend for those backcountry high altitude hunts in any temperature.
- Cody on 11/12/2017
So much YES
5
First off, if you order them in Conifer, the color is much darker than what you see in the picture...not a big deal but you have been warned. I put these pants to the test for the last half of this year and have not been disappointed. They were great during archery season although at times could be slightly warm on the hottest days. The roll up buttons on the legs help to let some heat out when you need to cool off though. They are also great for keeping your pants dry when crossing creeks if you're not wearing gaiters. I had no issues with snags or tears during archery season and they are super quiet and comfortable. I layered these with the Allegheny bottoms for 3rd Rifle season in CO and it was a great combo. Temps were as low as 14 degrees in the morning and got into the high 40s with sun during the day which is quite warm here. I just adjusted my torso layers and stayed super comfortable throughout the day. The real test was low crawling through mud, snow, rocks, sage, and oak brush for 165yds to get a shot on a muley. No tears to my surprise and even though they were soaked and muddy, I stayed warm and they dried out reasonably fast. I bought an extra pair for daily wear because I like them so much.
- JayCreegs on 11/12/2017
Just buy them, you won’t be sorry.
5
Spent 2 weeks in Northern B . C. In Late Sept. early October temperature was from 20 C. to -7 C. Pants worked great. I washed them out a couple of times they dried quickly. Best pants I’ve owned in 35 years hunting. Well worth the price even with the dollar difference.
- Scrammer on 11/8/2017
Great fit!
5
These pants fit me really well without making feel constricted in my movement! Plus they are super durable and cost way less than similar products. The suspenders are a great addition that I've come to like more than my belt!
- John on 11/7/2017
Simply Awesome!
5
Lightweight, well constructed, silent and surprisingly warm considering how thin they are. With every step you take, you can feel the quality of the fabric and the attention to detail that went into these pants.
- TannerB on 11/4/2017
Bit Disappointed
5
Bought my first pair of Obsidians and the arrived the day before I was leaving for two weeks in the mountains. Very excited to get them before my departure and looked forward to wearing them while hunting.

I absolutely loved the fit and feel of these pants. Plenty of room whether climbing or sitting. The pocket design and placement is ingenious. I was able to retrieve items from my pockets while sitting on the ground or in a crouched position. Zippers were quite and manageable with gloves one.

Temperature control was impressive too. Stayed warm enough with a second layer on the cold mornings and did not overheat while moving during midday sun.

My only complaint about these pants is the durability. By the morning of the third day wearing these pants, I noticed a hole torn in the left knee. I cannot explain how or when the hole occurred as I know I had not fallen and I don't believe the pants were torn by a limb. However, I was disappointed that I was only three days in and there was a hole in the knee.

I would like to see these pants designed to be a bit more rugged. F/L got it right on the breath-ability and the pocket design!
- kpd1110 on 11/3/2017
My New Hunting Pants
5
I went with the Obsidian pants over the Corrugate due to the amount of pockets. Since then, they have not disappointed me. There are enough pockets for me to keep all my gear organized and safe, with the thigh pockets even fitting my large rangefinder in a pinch. I really enjoy the stretch and comfort of these pants. At 5'10" 130lbs with a 28-40" waist, I decided to get some smalls. The pants fit perfect in the waist, and pretty good in the legs. In a heavy frost, I was knee deep in sopping wet grass covered in ice; however, I never felt anything as the pants kept me dry. I have hunted some in Texas brush county with them, and have tangle with some brush, but I haven't yet encountered issues with tearing like others have. I will see going forward if that develops.

My only real complaints are frayed seams or loose threads out of the bag, and the legs being a little to baggy for my liking. I've seen others comment on the same issue, but I would write it off due to the fact that I am extremely lean.
I can't wait to get a few more pairs in a solid color!
- Coy E on 10/31/2017
Perfection
5
These pants are the best I have ever owned. Layered with the Merino 230g bottoms and stayed warm throughout my elk hunt. The suspenders are a great addition also.
- Brad on 10/30/2017
My "Go To" Hunting pants
5
These are the perfect pants for spring turkey through archery season. I even wear these with a base layer during late elk. Pants are warm, silent and scent resistant in my book. Only way to make them better is water proof. I can't say enough about these britches.
I recently had an issue with them and contacted first lite. With just a couple of emails the issue is resolved.
First lite I was a believer with the quality of garment and when you add the customer service, you have a customer for life. Thanks on all fronts!
- Hoss on 10/25/2017
Awesome
5
Got the pants used for elk hunting even tho not insulated with a pair of long johns underneath were more than warm enuff I love the roomy fit I didn't even realize the xtra protection on the bottom insides of the pant legs what a great idea
- Scembalf on 10/21/2017
Good pant, long-term durability questionable
5
I used these pants for a first season rifle hunt and some scouting trips prior to an elk hunt in Colorado. I will say the pants fit true to size, but may be slightly baggy in the butt and thigh area. I am 6'3" and I ordered the tall and was pleased with the length. Pants allow for good range of motion where I climbed up and over some downed timber and never felt like these pants hindered my movement. I sat in the grass for a while and didn't realize it was wet, but the seat of the pants dried very quickly. The first rifle season in Colorado creates an interesting layering and insulation challenge where the early morning temps and be in the 20's (or lower) and the afternoon highs can be in the 60's. During these times I felt the pants breathed well and never felt like they were too warm (I also wore a light base layer under them).

For the part that concerns me about a pair of $200 pants...the durability. Walking around through the timber was fine but if I brushed up against anything with a thorn I could feel it through the pants. These pants also seemed to snag on these plants as well. I found myself being very careful to not walk though these types of plants, but in some areas this would be unavoidable.

My overall impression of the wool is very good. It is not too warm, breathes well, and with a good layering system these can be used in any temperature range. The flexibility of the pants is good and never hinder my movements. Not sure what you could do about the durability of the calf area (maybe thigh area if the thorny plants are taller) on the pants though. Wait for them to go on sale, not sure I would spend retail price on these. Don't seem to be worth almost $200.
- zman78 on 10/21/2017
3 hunts and 30 days straight in these pants!
5
As a freelance photographer in the outdoor niche the fall is my busiest time. The Obsidians landed at my door just a few days before leaving on a 3 consecutive run. First up was interior Grizz assignment with long stalks and a real need to layer. These pants were my second layer and took everything AK had, including 6 hours crashing through disgusting willows looking for a grizz. Ten days in AK and then it was straight off to northern BC for a mountain goat filming. From blowdown fields to shale these pants took a beating and were outstanding to do strenuous hiking in, they breath quick and the added pockets are great access for me on my gear. That was 13 days and a grand total of 23 days with no wash. The last leg was New Mexico for muzzleloader elk. The Obsidians never missed a beat. 75 degrees on the mountain and still breathing like a champ. Once my brother knocked down his elk it was on the mule deer scouting before making it home at 30 days! The best part was, while not rosy fresh they didnt smell near as bad as they should. These pants will be in my pack on just about every trip!
- Gaines on 10/20/2017
Great pant, just be careful
5
I love these pants. I wore them for the last few days of spring bear, and now for a October elk and mule deer hunt in Idaho. I have never been uncomfortable in these pants. I am 6' 175lbs and ordered the medium tall. They fit great and function well. I really enjoy the pocket layout and how well these fit on my body while hiking in the mountains. I knew buying them that they are susceptible to tearing, which is why the ripstop is so important. I got a small hole in the seat from glassing on a rocky hillside but the ripstop has done its job perfectly. All in all a great pant!
- Dan on 10/20/2017
not exactly how i imagined
5
everything about these pants has been great, except for durability so far. I hunt thick Wisconsin woods for whitetail and just got back from an antelope hunt in Wyoming and these pants have threads pulling out of the seams already, but they don't have any rips yet. I just feel like they will not last compared to the other first lite gear I own.
- josh on 10/17/2017
Makes the "Essential Gear" list.
5
Best archery elk pants I've ever used. Light and breathable and fit well. Used them for a ten day elk hunt here in Montana and I wore them every day in conditions ranging from snow storms to sunny and 65 degrees. Excelled daily. The suspenders are the greatest thing since sliced bread! They kept my pack from jamming my pants down off my hips, even when packing out elk meat. Great product, hunting buddies got tired of me talking up my pants... that good.
- Brent on 10/16/2017
Love 'em.
5
Great pants, nailed it! These perform well in cool weather, but for me, they were money on some really hot hunts this year. I was also very impressed with the durability, more durable than I expected out of a merino pant.
Do yourself a favor, pair these with the Red Desert Boxers for a truly magical experience.
- Dusty on 10/16/2017
OK Pant, but bring back the Kanab 2.0
5
I've worn these pants for the past 2 months on maybe 10 whitetail hunts. Temps have been from the high 80's to the high 30's. They are what they say they are, a lightweight pant. The fit is very good and the stretch fabric is a great idea that does allow for more freedom of movement. However, you can almost see through them in the light. In my opinion the Kanab 2.0 was a way better pant and I hope they bring them back. When temps fall to the low 40's, I have to wear the EXP bottoms to keep comfortable. I wish First Lite would either bring back the Kanab 2.0 pant or make a midweight Merino pant that's a little thicker.
- J Ryan on 10/15/2017
Great Pants
5
I used the Obsidian Pants for two weeks this past September (2017). They are incredibly quiet and versatile in a wide range of temperatures. Durability has always been an issue with the wool pants, the kanabs and now obsidian, but when used in the proper application they are fantastic pants. I wouldn't suggest using them in real rocky/thorny terrain like low elevation desert. Where they shine is in most elk environments where you can sneak through the pines and junipers.
- Sakarias on 10/11/2017
My fav pants
5
Durable, they wash well, they're warm and the suspenders are a bonus.

I wore these last week until dusk in -3°C with long johns. Wasn't the least bit cold. I've snagged them a fair bit, and fall a lot (shale, in creeks, on logs) and they havent worn or ripped.

I like these more than the corrugates.
- Jonathan on 10/10/2017
Great backcountry pant
5
Great hunting pant! They fit well as advertised and perfect in varying temperatures. Wore the pants in 70 degrees down to 30 degrees and they work perfect in both conditions. They have an athletic fit which is perfect when climbing over deadfall. They breath well with little order even after many days in the field. I like the reinforced areas throughout the pant. They held up well considering they are a merino wool product. If you are hunting in thick briars or thorns probably not your best choice of pant. Overall this is my go to pant.
- Blake on 10/9/2017
Very comfortable, lightweight pant. would have been a 5 star except for the color of camo.
5
Love these pants from the first time I put them on. I'm a 34 waist and the Large pants fit excellent. Elastic in the waist and the suspenders make them prefect. Pants are very light weight, perfect for those hot days. Pocket placement is great and the ability to roll them up if needed is a nice touch. My only complaint with these pants is the faded look of the camo out of the package. I realize this is due in part to the type of fabric, but I wasn't expecting to see that much difference. Overall these pants are awesome and as time and use goes on, I'm sure these will be my go to pants for those warmer than average days in the field.
- Patrick on 10/7/2017
Obsidian Pants
5
I liked the Kanab 2.0 so much that I decided to get the Obsidians in a color I could wear every day. I went with Dry Earth and couldn't be happier. I actually like this design better that the 2.0s. I think the pockets are set up better (and don't get all puffed out) and the fit it perfect. So far I've had them on around town, doing work around the house, and a few trips to the deer woods here in Georgia. The pants breath well in the Ga heat and have a great range of motion.

Georgia has plenty of briars and the last time i went to the woods I did catch a snag, just below the knee. The pants functioned as designed and stopped the run. All I had to do was reach down and pull the fabric in the opposite direction of the run and it disappeared. I should note that I was in the briars all day and thats the only snag I caught. I can't wait to wear these in the stand this year! Well Done FL!
- Erick on 10/7/2017
Nice Pants
5
I tested these pants out on a 10 day September elk hunt in Colorado. These are a great pair of pants. I will not wear any other product, thanks First Lite.
- Billy on 10/6/2017
Great Pants for the Money
5
Purchased these pants and was out in 45 degree weather with a light base layer on felt warm and comfortable. The temps rose to the 80’s and did not feel uncomfortable at all. Pants are very lightweight and the suspenders allow use without a belt. The pockets are deep and allow for keeping all kinds of items within. The way the pants fasten is strong and provides essy access for when nature calls. I would highly recommend these pants and will be looking into additional purchases to build my hunting arsenal.
- TCarr on 10/5/2017
Quiet and comfortable
5
Bought these pants for hunting in a treestand in Michigan. Overall I am pleased with these pants for early season hunting so far. Layering will be needed for cooler temps, but I walk anywhere from a 100 yards in all the way to just shy of a mile so they will be good for not getting too hot and sweating profusely and they dry quick!

Although I think first lite should look into adding a little insulation to these (not much) and if they could put wind stop in between the layers it would benefit greatly for us treestand hunters in the midwest!
- Marc on 10/5/2017
My Go-To Warm Weather Pants
5
I have been a long time Kanab fan, but was super glad for the upgrades made in the Obsidians. The fabric is breathable, lightweight and dependable. It dries fast and makes long days on the mountain enjoyable. For my 5 day backcountry trips, these are the only pair of pants Ill pack. The fact that they dry so fast make them ideal for so many situations.
- Kenneth on 10/4/2017
Functional improvement on Kanabs
5
These pants are amazingly comfortable and offer total free range of motion without any binding or riding up or down. They're super versatile in the heat or cold as long as you add the right layers. Got them wet plenty and they never felt heavy or remained wet for very long. I had no qualms wearing them plus gaiters in the snow because wearing them when wet just never caused any real concern. They're the perfect pants 90% of the time and even in the other 10% they likely won't be the wrong pants.

Great fit, perfect amount of stretch where needed, ninja quiet and functional pockets with great zippers in all the right places. They added some more durable material around the inside pant cuff where it's most likely to see some wear (my Kanabs definitely frayed some in this spot, granted after some years of use).

I did get a small tear in one of the cargo pockets that may eventually need patching. The ripstop has isolated it for now but think these pants would be better if the material on the outside of the cargo pockets was the same synthetic material used on the cuff.
- Graham on 10/4/2017
Great Pant, Off Sizing?
5
I will start off with saying that I'm in Canada and have always found that a 34" waist in Canada is smaller than a 34" waist in the States, I know it makes no sense but its true. That Said based on the size of pants that I normally wear (34" or 35") I should be a large. The Large size Obsidians were far to baggy and were loose on the waist as well. I switched them for a Medium and the fit is great through the leg and length is great with both the regular and the tall. (once again I am exactly between tall and regular).

I have worn these pants under waders, on a boat, as well as field hunting Canada Geese and Stand hunting whitetails this fall. I am ALWAYS comfortable and am very impressed with the pants.

I am a little concerned with durability and was wondering if there should be an obsidian+, one with reinforced knees, seat and heels? Also sizing by waist size would work better for us mutants in between sizing.
- Robert on 10/3/2017
best merino pants out there
5
2017 first rifle season is next week. Last year hunted in Kiuiu. All good till it snowed and rained and then wet and cold. Had first lite merino tops and loved them for staying warm when wet and soaked.
Got my pants last week and lo it snowed and rained this week. got out and the obsidian pants though not waterproof kept me warm and comfy. totally silent and loose in the right places. pockets are ergonomic .

Not the coolest looking stuff but very well thought out and functional. Think architecture: function before form!
- james on 10/2/2017
Durability?
5
Recently ordered the Obsidian Pant. Loved the Fit, Finish, and Pocket Design and Location. Love the temperature regulation of the Merino wool material. Love the Fusion Camo Pattern.

A little worried about the Durability however. Wore them for about 30 minutes before snagging them on a green briar and tearing a hole in the left shin. In their defense the rip stop design worked as it was intended and the hole is contained to one square of the material.

Over all I'm pleased with the Obsidian Pant and hopefully this wont be a recurring issue.
- Zachary on 10/2/2017
First Lite Obsidians
5
Wow these pants are great, i wore them on my archery elk hunt and the morning temps got down to 28 degrees int he morning. I paired these up with athlete crew socks and i stayed warm in the morning stalking elk and i honestly gave this gear a 9.5 mile hike test in 3 days. In the morning the bottoms of my pant would get wet from the dew of the tall grass, but my lower legs would stay warm by mid afternoon my pants would be dried out. All in all the afternoon temps got around 52 degrees, and i was comfortable. I wore the pants and socks for a better part of 4 days total and i was still comfortable and there was no stink or smell from hiking. Great Product.
- N8iV from Oregon on 10/2/2017
Arizona desert will chew these pants up and spit them out.
5
These pants are extremely comfortable. However, my first evening out with them they were put to the test and couldn't withstand Arizona's shrubby desert plants. I went through a Catsclaw and scrub oak patch on my way off the mountain and tried my best to avoid most but they were snagging on them. The pants have multiple snags all over and the brand new pants now look like I have had for years. Very unfortunate because of how comfortable they were and I was hoping the quilted/ripstop material would withstand. Might just be too thin for the desert.
This was all within one hour and a half of hiking up and down the mountain
- Patrick on 10/2/2017
Light and Breathable
5
Ive been wearing these for archery season here in East TN. Its been in the 80s, and I've been putting in some serious miles. Never once did I think, "Ga I'm freaking roasting." Yea it's been hot out, but between the obsidian and llano I've been comfortable on every outing. My advice is avoid stickers and especially green briar. My kanab 2.0s got a nice tear in them from some green briar last year. I believe the fit of the obsidians make them less prone to getting snagged on briars, etc. The obsidians are a great product!
- Jordan on 9/30/2017
Very pleased
5
The fit is slightly baggy (good for layering) and I'm a big fan of the included suspenders. I love the zippered pockets, too. I love the fit, the flex and the overall feel. A few reviews on here worry about the "thinness" of these pants. That's fair, but they're not flimsy. I've worn them in the brush, in thistles and thorns. I got poked and they picked up some burrs, but not a single tear, rip or weakness (I'd recommend adding a warm-weather, sweat-wicking base layer) I don't plan to walk through that junk a ton, but I feel good about how they handled it. These pants have absolutely met my expectation.
- Spencer on 9/29/2017
Vs Kanab 2.0
5
I wore my Kanab 2.0 and my buddy wore the Obsidians for 2 weeks of Archery elk hunting. Both pants performed well but we agreed that the Kanab 2.0 were the better pant. The reinforced panel in the butt of the kanab made it much more durable, the obsidians wore a hole in the bottom during their first hunt. We both like the pocket configuration of the Kanab 2.0 better with the front cargo pockets and the extra small pocket on the right side is perfect for mouth calls but it's gone on the Obsidian. Both pants are comfortable in a large temperature range and good for low temps with a light base layer. Both provide excellent range of motion. Really wish I could still buy the Kanab 2.0 pants.
- Brent on 9/29/2017
Awesome pants
5
I had the corrugates from last year for colder weather but for this early seasons HOT archery hunt I decided to try out the obsidians. Could not have been happier with them. I was an idiot and sat on some jagged rock and slipped, tore the butt a bit first day out in them- my fault though and nothing a couple of stitches won't fix. I liked them so much I just bought a pair of dry earth ones for fishing/wearing around. Money well spent. It is merino and they are lightweight so sit accordingly!
- Adam_d on 9/28/2017
Great Pair of Pants
5
6'5". The Large Tall is a great fit. these pants will be on every trip from August to November. Very impressed with the quality Firstlite delivers. Keep it up!
- TM Montana on 9/27/2017
Great Pant
5
I switched to the obsidian from the kanabs this year because I wanted to go to a tall size. I certainly like the new pocket design and the Corrugate material in the high wear areas. The fit seems looser to me than the kanab's. I could have possibly gone with a medium. I still lean towards my corrugates (also switched to tall in them) but the obsidian is my go to warmer weather, multi day use pant. Already got blood on them this year from a MD whitetail doe so they are getting broken in properly!
- Tom on 9/26/2017
Great Pants!
5
Just returned from an archery Elk hunt in the South San Juan mountains. This country is quite rugged and I hiked and went through some thick brush and dense timber. The pants held up well, I did suffer one small puncture hole on the right shin. I was amazed at how lightweight these pants are but are still warm and very breathable. They dry quickly and are incredibly comfortable.
- Kelly on 9/25/2017
Good pants, needs minor refining.
5
Lets start with the positives, these pants are very comfortable in a multitude of weather conditions. I have worn these pants for 3 weeks of solid hunting now. The weather was very warm the first part of Antelope season, and dropped down to snowing and freezing temperatures during the past couple weeks of mule deer and elk season. The material is durable and the pocket placement is nice. They have enough stretch in the right places to not bunch up on you when you are on the move.

The negatives: The pant bottoms (around the ankles) are too tight. They are an athletic fit, which I like, but the legs fit more like skinny jeans. If you are wearing boots that are above the ankles, your pant legs will not stay down. If you are wearing boots that are below the ankle, your pants will never fall over your boots. This causes rocks and grass debris to get inside your boot unless you are wearing ankle gaiters. These pants need to have a wider opening to go over your boots.
The button on the side of the pants to roll them up hangs out too much. When you are walking through thick timber or brush, it get caught on everything. Especially if you are carrying your bow by your side.
The bungee latch on the bottom of pants is bulky and can cause comfort issues. It needs to be more streamline and out of the way.

Overall, I like the pants, but they do need some work around the bottom legs area. They are too tight and fit more like skinny jeans.
- Brent on 9/25/2017
Oh so close
5
love the feel and the attention to detail on pockets and such, but these feel like when you put on an old pair of your dad's suit pants that are heavy and gianourmous. I am 5'10" 145lbs and got the medium. I could fit two of my legs in each of these legs, and there is about 4 inches of extra pant under my foot. Unless you got JLo bootie and T-Rex thighs, these things are baaaaagy. IMHO, $190 pants should come in more than 4 sizes.
- LeeMac on 9/24/2017
light and comfy
5
i love the way these pants fit. I always have problems with pants not fitting my legs. these have plenty of room for my thunder thighs
- POLI on 9/23/2017
Perfect
5
Snow, rain and some muddy hills to endure but these pants kept me dry and comfortable. Definitely buying a few more pairs.
- Tony on 9/23/2017
Best version yet
5
I own the Knab 1.0 (which I love), 2.0 (which i hate-fit is horrible), and this is basically the 3.0 which is closer to the 1.0. Material i still great, better pockets than the 1.0, and the new color options. This is hands down my favorite pair of hunting pants I own and I plan on getting dry earth for casual wear. I wear these in the heat and below freezing both with great results. Everyone I have shown them to has been very impressed with the quality.
- Keith on 9/21/2017
Best pair of hunting pants I've ever owned.
5
Super lightweight, breathable and durable at the same time. Super comfortable for everyday use if desired. The suspenders make it super comfortable when hauling a backpack on your back and cinching down the waste buckles, no belt buckle digging into your stomach. The pockets are everywhere you want them and the zippers are quiet and durable. Worth every penny.
- Average Hunter on 9/18/2017
I put them to the test and they came out......
5
Ahead! Although it wasn't without a snag. I will preface by saying this trip was the first time that i had worn the pants. I just got back from a 10 day backpacking trip in southeast Alaska and the only pants i wore were the Obsidian pants, and the Boundary rain pants (reviewed separately) . A float plane dropped off our party of three and almost immediately i had the urge to relieve myself. As i went to zip up my pants and button them, to my extreme dismay, I realized there was no longer a button to secure my pants with! Literally minutes into a 10 day backpacking trip on a remote island in southeast Alaska and my pants were missing the most button that pants can have. Upsetting, but not a deal breaker. For the rest of the trip i used some 550 cord to secure them. Now for the positives. A good chunk of the next 9 days was spent bushwhacking through extremely thick brush/vegetation. In this thick vegetation was a wonderful plant they call Devils Club. Even after multiple rubs with Devils Club and 9 days of following game trails through the dense fores,t the pants only acquired two small holes. This may not sound like a positive, but trust me it is. Moving through the type of forest that we did for 9 days and only getting two small holes was nothing short of amazing. On top of that the entire island was thoroughly saturated. Wool does get wet. That being said, while my pants were visibly wet on the outside, the majority of the time, i COULD NOT feel the cold dampness on the inside. Between the 2-3 uncharacteristically nice days that we had, and hanging my pants in my tent at night, i was able to keep the pants comfortably and relatively dry. They pants stretched where they needed to while my body contorted its way through the forest, I found the pockets great for staying organized. The fabric is essentially silent. While moving through the brush it was noticeable how much quieter the pants were than the pants of the other two hunters i was with. I'm 6'2" with a 32 waist and MT worked wonderfully with the suspenders. And last but certainly not least, after 10 days of hiking, only wearing 1 pair of pants, and 0 showers, the pants came out smelling as fresh as they did going in. My wife would tell you otherwise, but you get my point. Merino is awesome! I highly recommend these pants. Besides the button which i think was just bad luck, these pants performed wonderfully. Well done First Lite!
- Kyle R. on 9/17/2017
Super lightweight pants...
5
I really dig hunting backcountry during the warm weather in these pants. Great range of motion and very unrestricted. My one concern is durability in the crotch area where the different types of fabric are sewn together, my threads in the crotch appear to be working loose after limited trips.
- Dylan on 9/17/2017
How does it fit?
5
These pants are extremely comfortable, well made, and honestly, very cool looking. There's something to be said about great looking gear. I'm 5'10" with a 36" waist and 30" inseam. Despite the fact I'm lacking a Matthew McConaughey physique, these pants fit extremely well. As for the sizing chart, I chose to order Large in the Obsidian and I'm glad I did. The waist feels great, the length is pretty close to perfect. If I wanted I could have maybe an inch taken off the length but I don't think it's necessary. Here in Florida the temps can soar and the humidity can leave you swampy to say the least, but these pants breath well. Super satisfied with these pants and I'm proud of the First Lite brand. These guys really do a ton to give back for conservation and hunting recruitment. Great gear, great people.
- Elias on 9/17/2017
Top notch gear
5
As a full time guide for nearly 40 years I have used virtually every manufacturers products. Tried these and they are my go to pants for comfort, and practicability. The pocket system allows me to carry a variety of tools imperative to doing my job quickly, quietly, and efficiently.
- Amo on 9/16/2017
Advancements made
5
These are the better version of my old favorites the kanabs. These are reinforced and breathable, light and comfortable.
- Tony on 9/15/2017
Everything they say about wool is true
5
I haven't tried the Obsidian pants out yet, but I had a great experience with my Kanab 2.0's this week in northern CO near the WY border. We had warm weather all week - I wore First Lite head to toe and could not have been more comfortable, but the real test came one rainy evening (Saturday night, Sept. 9th).

We were set up on a meadow under a ridge - elk were calling EVERYWHERE. I had my Kanab 2.0s on, a Llano T, and Chama Hoodie. When the rain started I threw my Uncompahgre on and let my buddy borrow my rain jacket (he was that guy....). I didn't take my rain pants (I usually don't). The storm brought temps in the low 40's and a pretty stiff breeze. My buddy got so cold that he was shaking - I was warm and comfortable. My legs got a little chilly while it was coming down, but as soon as the rain stopped they warmed up.

When they tell you that wet wool will still keep you warm, that is NOT fake news. My single layer of wet wool pants was all I needed. Nothing better than having your gear perform as advertised - except getting a bull, which I did the next morning!!! : )

Thank you FL!!!
- Chisum on 9/13/2017
Great Comfortable Pants for any weather!
5
I just returned from a friend's Rocky Mtn Bighorn hunt n the Rio Grande Gorge in New Mexico. I wore these pants the entire time, even driving up to the hunt. I think they are the most comfortable pants I have ever worn. They have enough room in the knees, legs and seat for unrestricted movement but the don't feel loose and baggy. The pockets are well designed. The zipper pockets are great for securing valuable and important items and the unzippered cargo pockets are great for storing stuff you don't want to unzip to get to.

It was smoking hot during the day (90s) and very cool in the mornings and evenings. Being merino wool the pants were very comfy in all temps and activity levels. Even during high exertion in the heat the pants didn't get hot and clammy. I hate hot and clammy!

I did a lot of crawling around in the rocks and was surprised at how durable the pants were being that they are merino. I used the suspenders. I have never used suspenders before and really loved them. And they were not noticeable under my pack.

These are my new favorite hunting pants. Actually my favorite pants period. They will be great for travel. I can't wait to wear them later this week on my NM archery elk hunt in the Gila.
- Brandon W on 9/13/2017
Frickin awesome
5
I have 4 pairs of these pants and love them, I have worn them when it was hot, pretty cool mornings teamed with the long handles and also teamed with the storm tight pants on really windy cool days. They were so comfortable, I wore them as pajamas on multiple nights. My only suggestions would be to add a left hip pocket and I'm not sure why but my 2 pairs of brown pants, the cargo pockets are on the front part of the thigh instead of on the side which inhibits hiking when something like my range finder is in the cargo pocket
- Cody on 9/11/2017
Great product
5
So far I have only done a bit of hiking with them. So fdar they have been great when it's 48 in the morning and 70 in the afternoon. People need to realise that these are wool not polyester. They are tough. But not bulletproof. Natural fibers are less durable then poly. That's what the brambler gators are for. I love them they are very comfortable
- Matthew on 9/7/2017
My go to gear
5
This is my first purchase from First Lite and I couldn't be happier with the products I have received. I hunt in very hot conditions in Northern CA (80-90 degrees) and these pants keep me cool, dry, and odor free. The fusion pattern is awesome! I wore these for 5 days straight in the high country of Nevada this year and by the end of the trip they did not even smell. Crazy! I ordered large (size 34 waist) and they are slightly big in the waist, but if I use the provided suspenders they work fine. The only suggestion I have is to make them a little more athletic in the cut. It wont stop me from wearing them but it would be nice to have them a little tighter in the legs.
- Mark on 9/6/2017
Even better than Kanabs
5
I loved both versions of Kanabs but these are even better. More comfortable and better cut for climbing. My go to pants.
- Clint on 9/5/2017
Comfortable
5
Super comfortable pants with lots of room for vertical climbing. Easy to clean dries quick. Thumbs up.
- Chad on 9/5/2017
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5
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- Smithk233 on 9/4/2017
Terrible Stitching, Hole in Crotch After 1 Wash
5
Been on one short hike in them, threw them in the wash and now there is a hole in the crotch, and a few other places where the stitching is just falling out. Cant believe I got so ripped off. $200 dollar pants that are falling apart on their own.
- Guy on 9/3/2017
Not made to last
5
I love First Lite, but these pants are a total miss. I've hunted with them three days now and so far a suspender loop has failed (ripped off the pants) and the pants have a 3 inch tear near my boot. If you do any measure of bushwacking, which I imagine most hunters do, you'll want to steer clear of these pants. For the price of these pants, I'd expect them to last...
- Matthew on 9/3/2017
They fit great
5
Wore these pants hiking an they were comfortable didnt get snagged on twigs and dried pretty fast after getting wet wasn't to excited about the suspenders at first but they help a bunch when packing ,,diffenitly would buy another pair
- Sheldon on 8/31/2017
Baller, shot caller.
5
I wear a 34 waist and 38 inseam and got the Large Long... these pants run a little longer (just a little) than advertised. In the past I have had to add fabric to my pants but these should actually fit pretty well! We'll see how they do in Wyoming next month but I doubt they'll be anything but awesome. My only improve for FL would be to make the tall sizes with an open or adjustable hem, (often times sizes (in pants and shirts) get longer when you size up, but needling longer clothes doesn't often mean you need wider clothes too!) for us with big bird legs its the sitting or kneeling positions that turn what look like normal pants into high-waters. Lastly, as with all the new FL gear, I feel like they actually fit pretty well for those of us who don't shy away from the gym. I am by no means Arnold, but often times find myself length wise on the higher size end and girth wise lower (between L/XL tall sizes) I feel FL cut accommodates better than others.
- Nickster on 8/24/2017
Awesome pants! Best pants ever!!!
5
These are by far the best pants I have ever got. I have gone scoutingvin these a few times and they absolutely fit me to a tee. I'm a little shorter and stockier and it's hard to find pants in general that fit let alone hunting pants. I plan on buying lots more of these pants in the future. I even want some just for around the house. Best pants ever!!!
- Johnny on 8/18/2017
A new favorite!
5
I have been wearing First Lite gear for over 6 years and always loved the Kanab pant. However, the Obsidian is a huge improvement over an already impressive product line! I love the fit and these pants are much more durable than its predecessor. A good friend of mine was a die hard Sitka fan. After seeing these pants when I ordered them, he completely converted to First Lite. Great work on these ones guys!
- Chris H on 8/17/2017
Quality Product
5
The Obsidian Pants at very comfortable. Wore them while scouting for elk in the beetle kill mountains of southern Wyoming. Lots of deadfall and thick brush. The pants never snagged or ripped. The pants got wet from rain and dried quickly while just sitting under a tree. The pants are very quiet and have snap/zipper free cargo pockets for quiet access. The pants are so thin that mosquitoes were stinging my legs through the pants (which is why I gave it 4 stars. All around good pant though.
- Hutch914 on 8/16/2017
Tried really hard...cant find anything wrong with them.
5
It's not the things we like about what we buy, but what we don't like that defines our products. The obsidian pant is amazing. Tough, breathable, functional, ergonomic, and quiet. Love the suspenders so that my backpack waist straps dont rub into my hips/buckle. Pockets are super great and I have no concerns about the durability. Keep up the good work!

- Idaho knockerz on 8/14/2017
Can't wait to hunt with these
5
The fit is nice. Never owned a pair of merino pants and I can't wait to put these to the test this September! They feel great and have plenty of room to move around in. The cipher pattern is great too.
- Bull_Fighter on 8/14/2017
Not up to the task
5
I am a grad student wildlife researcher and hunter. Let me say that I love everything first lite- the merino wool shirts, socks, and boxer briefs! So I bought these pants to use for my field research and hunting in california's dreaded A zone. I wore these pants twice and they were not able to withstand chamise, thorn bushes, mixed chaparral, etc. they have already ripped. Also, the front pockets are huge and low, filling up with debris faster than anybody's business. It's clear these pants were made for road hunters or trail walking; they cannot withstand backcountry off-trail beatings. Hopefully the first lite crew can strengthen the design for the next pants they create, but I'll need to be convinced if I am to ever purchase a pair again in the future.
- Tom on 8/13/2017
Roomy
5
I am between the medium and large sizes. I ordered the larges and they are just about right in the waist (I am a 33/34 waist in jeans), and I like the option to use the suspenders instead of a belt. I like the cut of them. I have thick legs and rear and many hunting pants get tight in the thighs. There is plenty of room throughout those areas and in a full squat or lunge there is no "hang up" spots where the fabric gets tight. I like the way the buttons for rolling up the pants are hung from a ribbon as opposed to sewn directly on the pant. If you hate the button, you can cut it off without damaging the pants, and then you won't kneel on it anymore.
On a side note, I think that the new conifer color is right on, much more subtle than pine was.
- SteveinAK on 8/9/2017
These pants are awesome!
5
I bought a pair of these pants after the crotch in my Kanab 2.0 Merino Pants ripped. These pants are very well made and I love the pockets on these. Your first impression when you get these may be "they feel too soft and thin to wear out in the woods" but talking from experience they are excellent. I highly recommend these pants!
- Shaun on 8/7/2017
Great pants
5
These are great and handled a wide range of temps (40-80) very well. I never got swampy or cold. They're extremely quite through the brush and stretch and give everywhere I needed them to. I'm not a huge fan of the ribbon button at the knee. I don't like feeling things toss around on my legs and wish it was a button stud or attached directly to the pant. I like the built in ability to roll my pant legs just not the way the button was executed. If you're looking for an all around pant add these to your cart now.
- Andrew on 8/5/2017
Awesome Product!
5
Got the Obsidians early summer and tried it out on a grizzly scouting trip. At 4,000 plus feet elevation in the mountains of Alaska, these pants kept me warm and comfortable through out the hole day even when the wind staterd blowing. Like the Kanabs, I am very impressed on the Obsidians. My new all season go to pants.
- Richard on 8/2/2017
Exactly what I was looking for
5
Finally had a chance to put some time in these scouting and setting up cameras. It's been hot up here (Between 85-95) and these pants have performed great in the heat. They are super breathable and don't lock in the sweat. The fit is great, a little looser up top and tight around the boots. Definitely the most comfortable hunting pants I've worn in the heat, so they should be perfect for early season. The pockets are also well placed and not over kill. I'm looking forward to seeing how they hold up over time and how warm they'll keep me during late season hikes with the long underwear. All in all a must have piece of gear in my opinion.
- Tyler on 8/1/2017
Great Pants
5
I ordered these pants in large which is what I order every other bottom in at Firstlite and they fit great. They have a looser fit than the corrugates, so if you want a tighter fit, you may want to size down. I however like the looser fit. They are also durable. The thorn bushes I have been through don't phase them. They breath well and I consider them a piece of gear that you can wear year round with the right layering. They also look great. I wouldn't hesitate to wear the solid colors out in town to a restaurant or bar.
- Alex Sterling on 8/1/2017
Must own
5
I finally got to wear my obsidians scouting the most grueling country side this past weekend! As you know, in the end of July it gets really toasty here in Idaho. I had so much mobility and they kept me dry as I sweat the whole day! These are a must buy for the backpack hunter!
- Trevman on 7/31/2017
Sent them back the day i got them
5
To get this straight, I have never left a review in my life. I felt as if I owed it to anyone who would read this and make a decision before spending $200 on pants. I bought these pants with the intention of using them to scout, hunt, hang stands, etc. After opening them (they are a lot darker then they look in this pic) I was immediately surprised at how soft and thin these pants are. They also felt almost too soft to wear into the woods, kind of like a pair of pajamas. When my wife came home and asked if those were the pants I paid $200 for she laughed at me. I just do not see the value in these pants. Keep in my mind this is my personal opinion and I have no expertise in clothing but I have been a hunter my whole life and these just are not what they seem to advertised online.
- OWL on 7/19/2017
waiting to test
5
Just received these a week or so ago, I like the fit as I am a small and most waist to length ratios don't work as I have a longer inseam then most smalls. The pockets are awesome. They fit and feel great, Alaska Dall sheep will be the test!
- Great pant on 7/14/2017
Great early season/active hunt pants
5
A true to fit hunting pant, the obsidians blew me away with how quiet and comfortable they were, extremely breathable to keep you cool during warm days, and warm enough to keep you comfortable when the temperature starts dropping. Great pants for active hunting and for early tree stand use!
- joshkolasch on 7/6/2017
Great pant - nice update on the Kanab 2
5
Finally arrived. Great pant, well built, cut perfectly for me, and comfortable to boot. I'm 5'7 and 155lbs, SM fit great.

These will be my go to pant for early season.
- NODAK on 7/6/2017
Very Happy
5
I was finally able to get these pants out and give them a try in 90+ degree weather. I must say they are going to be good in the early seasons. I was able to keep cool and still keep my lags shaded from the sun. I especially liked the new pocket placement, my pants were able to stay a little looser when sitting down when my thigh pocket was full. I also think I will enjoy the button on the leg so I can roll my pats up when I want to cross a small stream.
- Gage on 6/30/2017
Great for the ladies too!!
5
I needed a quiet pair of merino pants and figured I'd try the men's Obsidian Pants. VERY impressed, they are quiet, worked well in the 40-80 degree weather I was hiking in and fit great. I'm 5'7'' and typically wear a women's medium, I bought these in a small and they are perfect. Love the suspenders as well! Two thumbs up First Lite
- Jeannie on 6/27/2017
Great Quality
5
I really like these pants! The way they fit as well as the pocket layout. The suspenders rock, especially while wearing a pack. They do run true to size, I order XL when I normally wear a 36 comfortably and with the stretch they allow the XL were a little large on me; returning for L.
- Randall on 6/23/2017
Great Pant!
5
Just received these pants in the mail so haven't got a chance to test them in the field yet but they seem like the perfect all around hunting pants for here in Alaska. The fit is pretty spot on, I am 5'9, 150#, 30" inseam, and the small fits perfect. Depending on the company I wear a medium and sometimes a small in pretty much everything. I followed First Lite's sizing guide to make my decision on these pants. The elastic in the waist band makes them variable for those people that can be between sizes on some products. First Lite nailed it on these pants!
- Jesse from AK on 6/20/2017
GREAT PANTS!!
5
Great all around weather pants that are tough and fit great, The articulation is great so it stretches when you go up and over logs or bend over. Really glad first lite kept the button on them so you can fold up your pants for river crossings or when its hot.
- Michael on 6/19/2017
Big Brother
5
6'4, 195 lbs, Large tall. The 'tall' works for me. These are very quiet pant, especially compared to the Corrugates. I was expecting them to be a bit heavier weight, they are not heavy at all, but they feel durable. I'm confident they will keep me warm when i need to be. Rolling up the legs to create some "morts" (man shorts) is a nice touch. A do it all pant for sure.
- HuntORE on 6/15/2017
Not what the Kanab 2.0 used to be
5
I blew out the crotch in my Kanab 2.0's and RMA'd them. It took almost two months, but I was sent a new pair of Obsidians as their replacement, which was nice. Unfortunately, these pants are not what the Kanabs used to be. They are cut more like the Corrugates, which I own, wear constantly, and love, but the wool version doesn't seem to handle that cut as well. The pants are bunchy in weird places like the thighs, knees, and crotch. Also, I really liked the pocket configuration of the Kanab's, but that's personal preference. I miss my Kanabs. If you like your Kanabs and something less-than-catastrophic happens to them, take them to a tailor to have them repaired. Otherwise they'll be swapped for a lesser pant.
- Jeff on 6/9/2017
Wow!
5
These just arrived in the mail today. A buddy had the original Kanabs, and I was hesitant to order because I did not like the fit and felt like pockets were insufficient. The new Obsidians are awesome. Same great feel, but better fit and a great pocket setup. Cant wait to get these out in the field soon. Large was spot on, I am 6' and 200 lbs.
- Rich on 6/8/2017
Better than Kanab 2
5
Just got my Obsidians and I can see why they're better than the Kanabs--I like the cut better as they just seem quieter and less likely to snag. Great pockets and the size was spot on in a large.
- Idahizzle on 6/7/2017