You know the answer if you’re reading this. I had bought Polartec Windpro Stretch and ripstop last year from The Rain Shed to try the Controlled Exposure pants again in a stretchier fabric. But when I saw the quilted Backcountry pants, I pivoted and used my tried and true Brassie joggers pattern and scraps of Thinsulate leftover from my parka.
I quilted the ripstop to the Thinsulate for the fronts and used the stretch Polartec for the backs. I also used scraps from my magic fleece (Polartec Alpha Direct) to line them–the fronts totally and the backs from gaiter height to parka height:
I went up a size from normal and they fit over my hips no problem–and they are DELIGHTFULLY WARM. I should only need a base layer in the coldest hikes–this test run was about 35 degrees in the sun and 25 in the shade and they were perfect.