Mountain Hardwear’s Transition tight is the new lederhosen. Now don’t be frightened; like you I’m always suspicious that tights will make me look more superhoser than superhero, but the Transition has a slightly relaxed fit that works great for cross country skiing, biking, running or any other high-output cool-weather endeavor.
Made of Gore Windstopper soft shell material with a DWR finish the whole enchilada is only 8oz. The flat seams are welded and taped, the waist rides under a pack no problem and the general articulated fit and finish are high quality as befits the premium price point. These are very comfortable pants, and warmer than you would expect given their featherweight class.
Be warned: there are no pockets, so if the Transition will be your go-to pant and you need stowage make sure your jacket has it. If you try these and like them check out the Transition hooded jacket that has a couple of small pockets. The pair of these will outfit you for a wide range of conditions when you need to go faster and lighter.