When you want a tough pant for every need the RoughRider is the perfect solution. Made with three season Schoeller Dynamic 4-way stretch fabric, these pants are ideal for all mountain environments and anything else you could dream up. A tough, durable, non-insulated fabric that will allow full mobility while shedding weather.
- Zippered hand pockets
- Extreme Articulated Knees
- Shaped waist band
- Laminated durable ankles
- Inner Thigh Ventilation zipper with mesh
- Technical patterning for superior fit and movement
- Options & Build
- 2 Colors
- Right or Left Cargo Pocket
- Suspenders with Connection
- 8 body measurements
- 8 questions about the build
- Performance (Beyond’s Ratings)
- Warmth – 2/5
- Water Resistance – 2/5
- Breathability – 5/5
- Wind Resistance – 3/5
- Size will vary based on the person
- Weight of 32/32 w/pocket – 517 g (18.2 oz)
- Retail – $179 Base Price
Beyond Clothing began 16 years ago when the founder created his own jacket. Creating pieces for his specific needs eventually morphed into a company that offers the same premise for its customers. It has now made garments for skiers, hikers, climbers, Navy SEALS, SAR, and many more. All the Beyond products are made in Seattle, Washington. Beyond not only makes pants but also jackets and long underwear. I personally have been intrigued by the company from back when I was a mountain guide in 2001. Always keeping an eye on the company I never got around pulling the trigger on anything. More recently I was able to talk with them and set up a review of a pair of pants. After over 10 years I finally was going to be able and try one of their products.
The RoughRider Pants are not necessarily made for one particular activity; therefore, I did not test them for one activity but rather a bunch of them. I wore the pants hiking, climbing, skiing, snowshoeing, and around on cold days. Temperatures varied from 20 to 65 degrees with mostly dry conditions. A little rain and a little snow but for the most part, it has been dry here in Bend.
What sets Beyond Clothing apart from other manufacturers is that their clothing is custom-made for you. The process is really easy as long as you read the full directions. I managed to mess it up and fortunately Beyond has a fit guarantee. Ordering the pants is a five-step process:
- Step one is easy, just choose your color. They have Desert Khaki and Black.
- Step adds additional zippers and pockets when applicable. These additions do cost money so you will need to weight the options. On the RoughRider, the options are cargo pockets. You can choose either the right, left, or both legs. Of course, you can also go cargo pocket free.
- Step three is adding the enhancements. On these the only option is to add suspenders and the connection loops to the waistband.
- Step four is where the important part happens, this is where you put in your measurements. To do this you will probably want some help to make sure they are accurate. It is also important to read the directions carefully and measure what they say to. I messed this up….don’t be me. For the pants, there are eight measurements you will take, and you can even add an image and comments if you want to. The measurements are:
- Pants Waist
- Boot Circumference
- Part five is the build section where you can describe some of the fit features you want in the pants. You can tell whether you are a man or a woman because the shape will be different. You also will be able to describe the fit and size of a normal pair of your pants. Finally, you can describe how you want your pants to fit.
I mentioned before that Beyond Guarantees the fit. As I messed up my measurements, I had to take them up on this guarantee, and they were very helpful. I had to pay the shipping back to them, but they made the appropriate changes and then shipped to me on them. We will just say that I was testing out their customer service.
Now on to the pants. The RoughRiders are made of Schoeller Dynamic midweight softshell fabric. The fabric does not explicitly say what it is made of, but I would expect it to be a mix of nylon and Lycra. The fabric has 4-way stretch for good range of motion. It is water repellant, hard wearing, and breathable. The pants are unlined and do not have any backing either. They do have a laminated fabric at the inside of the ankle that is reinforced for durability, whether it is from crampons, boots, or ski edges.
The Beyond RoughRider Pants have a Velcro waist closure with five large belt loops. There is a zippered fly that has two zippers so you can either go up or with it. The standard pants come with two zippered handwarmer pockets. I added a cargo pocket to the right thigh. Their cargo pocket has not only a zippered top but a Velcro flap over the top of that. To increase the breathability of the pants, there are two inner thigh zippered vents. These vents have an inner mesh lining to help them not open too far and still breathe. At the cuff, I have already explained the durable material, but they have also designed it to be adjustable. It has a zipper at the ankle with a fabric gusset behind it. With the zipper up the ankle cuff is over two inches larger in circumference. There is a snap closure over the top of the zipper. This snap has three different points as well as a Velcro to refine the fit over your boots.
Beyond has not only built these to my specifications, but they have also added some features for a better fit. The pants have a shaped waist so it will not only be more comfortable but fit snuggly. The knees have an extreme articulation built in for better movement. The pants also have a gusseted crotch. These features with the 4-way stretch make for an unrestricting pant. As the pants are made to order and will vary from one person to another, it is hard to evaluate the true weight of the pants. I would classify them as a midweight pant, not light but not heavy either. The one drawback to this system is that you cannot have them right away like a retail store. There is some lead time that will vary based on the time of year and how busy they are. Of course, all good things must wait, and these are no exception. On my pants, beyond was excellent on keeping me posted on the timing of the build, from start to delivery.
The RoughRider pants are made of Schoeller Dynamic which is a bluesign material. Bluesign are production processes designed around maximum resource productivity aiming at environmental protection, health and safety, and reassurance that these standards are being met for both the retailer and consumer. This is an independent standard that helps lead the way to a healthy textile future. I am glad to see that these are bluesign an hope for others to follow suit. It does not mean that they are made of sustainable material, but it does mean they are created taking the environment and the consumer into consideration. On the other hand, I am very excited that these are made in Seattle as many manufacturers are now made overseas. As far as the company goes, I was not able to find out much there either. For these reasons, I rated the pants a 3.5 for sustainability.
Ease of Movement (20%)
Of course, the fit of a custom pant should be excellent. I did have mine built to be a bit on the looser side so the fit will be a little harder to tell through the legs. When I initially did my measurements, I took my inseam all the way to floor instead of to the ankle so my pants were very long. After a quick tweak by Beyond they fit much better in length. The fit in the waist is good but not quite perfect. I am not sure if it was my fault or there’s, but I would say the waist was about a 1/4 – 1/2 inch large on me but with the large Velcro waist, I could easily tighten it to my preferred fit. It really ended up not being a big deal. The pants are very comfortable to move in as the fit features and 4-way stretch make their movement excellent. I never felt restricted by the pants.
The inner thigh zips are a little different. From time to time, I was able to feel them as they do add a little extra material in there and my legs are very close together. This was more noticeable when hiking than it was climbing, skiing, or snowshoeing. The ankle cuffs are an interesting design. I really like how they can be adjusted to fit whatever footwear you are wearing. They work with shoes, boots, and even ski boots. You can determine what your likely footwear will be, and they can be made to accommodate them. I wanted some pants that would work for all so that is what I got. With ski boots, it is a bit tight, but they work. With all the other shoes and boots, the adjustable cuffs were outstanding.
As I mentioned before the fabric is a stretchy nylon and Lycra. It is unlined and does not have a back so the fabric is a little rougher against the skin. It was not bad but also not as comfortable as a soft pile would be. Of course adding this pile would change the pants quite a bit so I am not saying it needs one.
Weather Resistance (20%)
Schoeller makes some great materials, and the Dynamic that these are made of will not disappoint. The RoughRiders have been very durable thus far. I have not used them with crampons yet, but all other things have not left a mark. Whether it was skis, rocks, or snowshoes, the pants still look like new. The fabric does not have a backing so it breathes really well. It is a good mixture of wind resistance and breathability. Most products achieve full windproofness with a laminate, and that has an adverse effect on breathability. These pants do not use a laminate and therefore, are not 100% windproof but are wind resistant. To do this they are knitted with a tight weave that will block a good portion of the wind while still letting air exchange, which is what you want as to not overheat. I mention this as this means the pants will not be as warm as a fully windproof pant. What this also means is that these pants are suited for any activities in mild weather and can be used down to whatever your comfort level is as the temperature drops. For me this thoroughly depended on my exertion level. I f I was working hard I could wear these down below freezing, but if I was sitting still I would get cold easier. Since I order the pants to be more of a relaxed fit, they can easily layer over baselayers and even thinner midlayer pieces if needed.
The Schoeller Dynamic fabric will have a descent amount of water resistance. Like many softshells you are good in a light rain but heavier rain will get through over time. Snow was not a problem as long as it was not too wet, or you were not sitting in it. Here in Central Oregon our snow is, for the most part, light and fluffy so it is not a problem. During the late spring season when I wore these on a climb the snow was much wetter and sitting or kneeling in the snow, I would eventually feel a little water seep through. Even glissading in a slushy snow only got my bum slightly damp so the protection is fairly good. I did still like to use these as a ski pant for touring and cross-country skiing. Whether you are hiking up for your turns or just the overall effort of XC Skiing, the breathability far outweighed the lack of full water protection. The RoughRider pants are very versatile. I think the fabric works well but also the design. I really like how the cuffs could adjust to the activity you are doing, whether I was skiing, hiking, snowshoeing, or xc skiing. I could cinch up the cuff and generally did not even need a gaiter as it fit nice and snug. These adjustable cuffs may be the part of the pants; they are really well done.
The pair I had made I decided to get one of the cargo pockets on the right leg. I was not sure how much I would use the pocket, but I figured it would be good to test it. Over time, I found that I actually used the pocket quite often. It has a good size to it and can fit a lot of stuff if needed. I often put my camera or GPS in there unless I am scrambling around on rocks. I like the fact that the pocket is zippered but am not sure if I like the Velcro flap. The flap makes the pocket seem a bit more bulky and make you open one more thing to get inside the pocket. It is definitely not a deal breaker, after testing the pants over the spring and summer I would still get the pocket over not having it. The hand pockets are outstanding. I like having these just as a place to put my hands. I do also use them to carry stuff from time to time as well. Having them be zippered is a must for outdoor pants, in my opinion. It keeps stuff from getting in and your stuff from falling out. A win-win. The zippered fly is also a good addition. Not the fact that it is there but rather the fact that it can go up or down. If you have a hipbelt on it is much easier to reach the bottom rather than the top.
Overall, I liked my Beyond Clothing RoughRider Pants. I was able to get a pant that is made the way I want it to be made, which was pretty cool. I am not someone who normally needs anything custom, but I do find that not all pants fit the way I had hoped they would. By being able to send in my measurements much of the fit game was alleviated. Of course, this means you need to be able to measure correctly which I failed to do the first time. For those of you like me, Beyond Clothing has good customer service and a fit guarantee to boot. The Schoeller Dynamic fabric they use is high quality and excellent for a wide range of adventures. While it is not specifically made for any one sport, it really will do a good job at almost all of them. As fall is here and winter is arriving, if you are looking for a versatile pair of pants, take a look at the RoughRider. You will have to plan ahead to have them in time, but they will fit really well and have all the features you want to add. Beyond Clothing also makes other clothing pieces that look intriguing as well, check them out. The RoughRiders start at $179 and will vary on what features you add. As always, your mileage may vary.
- Great stretch
- Customizable fit
- Fit guarantee
- Made in Seattle
- Innovative ankle cuffs
- Ability to add pockets and/or suspenders
- Thigh vents add a little bulk between the legs
- I was not a fan of the cargo pocket flap
- Some lead time to receive finished product
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