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
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.
I have been wanting these for a very long while. Ever sense I seen my mans. Now women’s line has them! The feel great. Lite weight beautiful color. I would really love a long option. I’m in a size small, fits perfect except I look like I’m ready for a flood. I just wear my gators but wishing I had full ankle coverage. I’m 5’ 9” Currently 145lbs. hips are 36” waist 30”
I received these last week and have some initial thoughts. The material felt like it would be too warm for August here where it can be 100+, however I wore these to work outdoors under the blazing sun and remained comfortable, likely because the merino is breathable and temperature regulating. Being merino though, they did snag thorns easily. The fit is nearly perfect, if the inseam were just a bit longer I would be 100% happy. The articulated fit gave my larger butt and thighs enough room to bend comfortably and the stretch at the back of the waistband had just enough give for comfort when I needed to sit or squat down. I haven't worn these with a pack yet, but felt a spot inside the front waistband that poked a little bit, maybe it will go away after washing.
Thank you very much- after almost 30 years of hunting in goofy women’s shrink and pink camo, Grandpas handmedowns, or men’s size Small hunting clothes, First Lite gets it- that some women really hunt, and hunt as hard and men, and we like to feel proud and capable in good quality hunting clothes.
These pants are destined to be worn hunting elk, deer, bear, and mountain lion.
I expect them to work.
Been waiting for these in a women's fit/cut for awhile. That said, I wasn't sure I "needed" these as I have 2 pairs of Alturus and I generally run cold, so an uninsulated pant has limited use for me. What ultimately made me purchase them was to have some protection for my legs during summer scouting. My Alturus were just too swampy for humid July forays. These breathe soooo much better! I also really appreciate the button taps that let me roll them up to capri length when it's really warm. And of course, since they are merino, they can be (and have been) worn multiple days in a row without getting smelly. I have several pairs of First Lite women's pants and these by far have the best fit. FL, knocked the fit out of the park on these, in my opinion. There really is no gapping at the waist if you squat and I appreciate the detailing at the side pockets that give a space to clip on a knife, or just not ripped the seem if you squat. The fabric is a little less stretchy than the Alturas, but they are still are comfortable and non-binding. My husband wants a pair of his own for rock climbing.
These pants are so much more diverse than I thought they'd be and my new favorite. First use I took them on a 6 mile trek, I got wet immediately crossing through willows. These pants kept me warm even when wet, dried faster than I expected of wool, and still 100% breathable.
I've been wearing them for scouting days and plan to wear them all through my archery hunts in CO and probably into rifle. I would say they're more robust than my Alturas pants without any extra bulk.
I have a longer athletic frame so I went with a size down than normal to get these more fitted to my legs, the stretch in the waist allows that of you're between sizing. I'm typically a medium in all things FL, and I still recommend ordering true to size.