You know what sucks? Walking into a store or restaurant after a day of snowboarding/skiing/snowshoeing only to realize that you're wearing old, faded sweatpants with a big, tattered hole in the crotch. Embarrassing as hell.
That scenario, which is relatively common for me minus the hole in the crotch, points to a greater problem: many pants that are comfortable and functional enough for cool/cold-weather sports aren't the slightest bit acceptable in public.
Jeans that you can ski, snowshoe, hike and bike with? Now that's acceptable. These new Softshell Jeans from Portland-based Thunderbolt are just that. Though they look like jeans to the naked eye, they're actually a highly technical softshell pant made from Schoeller Dryskin fabric with NanoSphere DWR. The pants are four-way stretch, breathable, quick-drying, moisture-wicking, water/dirt/stain-resistant and windproof--pretty much everything jeans aren't. And yet, they still look as stylish at the bar.
You can buy these directly from Thunderbolt for $188 a pair. Just black for now, but more colors are supposed to be added in the future.
Via Gear Junkie