Early Draft Owner Review of Cloudveil Rodeo Pants

By Mark Verber

Item: Cloudveil  Rodeo Pant
Listed weight:
Weight as delivered:

Light weight softshell pants designed for spring, fall, and moderate winter use.


Made from a fabric called Inertia which using mechanical stretch rather that lycra.  In theory this is suppose to make the pants dry more quickly since lycra absorbs water.  When soaked, they do dry more quickly that the Schoeller Dynamic jacket I own, but they dry in approximately the same amount of time as basic nylon pants like those by by Ex Officio.

Fit, Design, Quality:

These pants are typical of Cloudveil clothing.  Great materials, good design, and so/so  quality.  Stretchy material.  Tried both 34" and 36" waist.  Both were reasonable comfortable.  I choice the 34" since my waist is in the process of getting smaller rather than larger.  These are the only pants I haven't had significant problems with chaffing without using lycra shorts underneath.  After using these pants for just six months the stitching on one of the pant leg hems has started to come apart. 


I have found these pants to be extremely comfortable 30-55 F when I am active, and acceptably comfortable in warmer weather to 80 F.  These pants breath very well, dry quickly, and are highly weather resistant (my legs were dry and comfortable after hiking for two hours during a light rain shower). 


Not so hot.  Slip, fell hard, and then slid down a hillside.  My leg had significant abrasions through the fabric, but there was only a small tear in the pants.  But after a year of use the fabric on my thigh is looking worn.  My classic nylon hiking pants looked significantly better after a year of use (or even three years).