Review: Ternua Withorn Pant

Ternua is a somewhat young company and a definite newcomer to the North American market, so new in fact that the store closest to Canmore is located in Greenland according to the store-locator on Ternua’s website. Started in 1995, the Spanish company is committed to high-performance products, fabric innovation and transparent, sustainable business practices. They’re the first company in the world, as far as I know, to use Neokdun, which is a 100% recycled down taken from garments past their lifecycle — that’s pretty cool. However, as cool and forward-thinking as that is, it’s not quite here nor there as the product I’m reviewing here is the softshell Withorn Pant.

Constructed of Ternua’s proprietary shellstretch fabric, the Withorn is your basic, everyday mountain softshell. Though the patterning has what appear to be reinforced fabric patches on the seat, knees and instep, it is the same fabric throughout, just in a contrasting colour. The shellstretch fabric has a micro-grid backer that provides light insulation and is soft against bare skin. It is also incredibly stretchy, and coated in one of the best DWR finishes I’ve seen — despite this being a softshell pant, I’ve climbed several pitches of dripping-wet ice without getting soaked. Remarkable, actually.

Pre-shaped, articulated knees combine with the incredible stretchiness for excellent mobility and freedom of movement. The legs are tapered and trim, and the cuff is finished with an internal stretch, drawcord.

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The waist is brushed tricot, and the pants include a belt — rather necessary, as my Men’s Medium sample is somewhat loose on my “32-inch pant-size, actually 34-inch if measured” waist. The Withorn’s waist actually measures in at 35.5 inches, which I would say is Large? After measuring the waist, I had my pants taken in by a tailor.

As I may have pointed out in other reviews, I love pockets, and the Withorn doesn’t disappoint. There are two slash hand-pockets, each big enough to comfortably fit my somewhat-thicker-than-average hands. They are mesh-backed, low-profile and stretchy. There are also two thigh pockets, each big enough to fit a mid-weight pair of gloves. All four pockets are closed with smooth-sliding YKK zippers. Absolutely fantastic!

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Price-wise, these would actually fall into the lower-range of the North American softshell pant market at approximately $140 Canadian (they can easily be found online for 85 – 100 Euros). As far as weight, they come in at 492 grams (with belt) which is pretty much what every other softshell pant weighs, too.

I’ve been wearing these for a couple months now and durability hasn’t been an issue — that said, I’ve also been mainly climbing ice or sport-mixed, so the Withorn haven’t been exposed to a lot of abrasion. (I’ll post an update after a summer of rock and alpine!).

Pros: stretchy, great pocket layout, superb DWR, great value for the price
Cons: somewhat loose in the waist, hard (near impossible?) to find in North America
Overall: My new favourite pair of softshell pants for year-round use thanks to their excellent stretch, superb DWR and versatile pocket configuration. Worth seeking out, especially for the price!

Thank you to Ternua Canada for sending these for testing, and stay tuned for updates on where you can actually buy these in North America!

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