List Price US $100
Type Shell
Treatment Type
Insert Type
Insulation Type None
Taped Seams Fully Taped
Waterproof Zippers No
Bib No
Jacket to Pant Interface No
Venting None
Meshed Vents No
Layer Count 1 Layer
Company Waterproof Rating Above 20k
Company Breathability Rating Above 20K
Manufactured in
Waterproofing Great
Breathability Great
Warmth Poor

Semi Baggy


Very Thin

2018 Mountain Hardwear Exponent pant Review by A Better Ski

This is the Mountain Hardwear Exponent pant.  This shell of a pant was designed to protect against wind and rain while allowing for maximum breath-ability for active days.  Let’s take a closer look.

Tester: Dan

Size: L

Waterproofing and Breath-ability: These pants utilize VaporDry™ which allows for maximum breath-ability from evaporation while staying safe and dry from the elements.


Warmth:  The Mountain Hardwear Exponent pant is just a shell, offering little in the way of insulating warmth.  These pants are a good choice for warmer spring-like conditions when the snow is wetter than it is frozen.  They are also a great choice for back country touring, hiking, or even jogging in the rain.

Fit:  I liked the way these pants fit.  They were light and loose feeling with a slick, waxy feel.  The waist was elastic for maximum comfort-ability.

Features: VaporDry™ offers unmatched comfort and waterproof-breathable performance; Stretch-comfort partial elastic waist with drawcord adjustment; Enhanced knee articulation for outstanding range of motion; 40D ripstop shell fabric is exceptionally light and packable and still reliably durable; 12″ ankle zips with snap closures; Water-resistant PU zippered thigh pocket

Bottom Line: The Mountain Hardwear Exponent pant lightweight, pack-able breath-able shell great for active days.  Perhaps the only thing I don’t like about these pants are the pocket choices.  Instead of hand warming pockets, these pants have one large cargo pocket over the right thigh.  I never understood why anyone would want to carry something over their thigh, especially on active days.  To me, a cargo pocket placed here makes no sense at all. Just give me a couple of hand warming pockets with zippers and call it a day.

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