When I flew into Oslo for my Norway trip, one of the first things I did was pop into the Norrøna flagship store in Sentrum. I couldn’t pass up a trip to see Norrøna in real life! They’re finally making their way to the United States for Spring 2019.
I told myself I would only try things on and wait to buy stuff back home because of the exchange rate. But then I saw the Norrøna bitihorn pants in Hot Chili aka bright, obnoxious orange, and I had to have it. Backcountry definitely did not have this color in stock.
These are so great. These pants replaced my purple REI Sahara pants as new favorite pants for everything. Hiking, backpacking, climbing, you name it! Made of woven polyamide 130 and flex1 fabric, these are lightweight, windproof, breathable, durable, and water resistant.
Stretch panels in the knees and derriere mean these are not restrictive at all! High steps, crazy heel hooks, the Bitihorn pants won’t hold you back. They even come with leg zips so you can ventilate when you are heating up.
A custom-fit waist system means you can loosen up after eating too much post-hike dessert and you can tighten the fit after starving in the backcountry for days. The Bitihorn pants have pockets galore: two butt pockets, one thigh pocket, and two zip pockets on the hips. Candy wrappers, phone, lip balm, what have you, there’s a spot for it.
The ankles have zips so you can adjust the amount of taper in your pants accordingly, which is so cool. This comes Lastly, there is a clasp to attach the end of the pant leg to your shoe lace to prevent debris from getting in.
My biggest gripe with these pants is the fly. I hate the placement of the fly. When a girl’s gotta go, a girl’s gotta go, and sometimes it means it has to be really, really fast because oh god, someone is right around the corner.
I’ve found that more often than not, the zipper pull gets in the way of me buttoning up my pants which occasionally leads to a minor panic attack before realizing my buttons are not actually broken. I’ve never had this problem on any pants before, so it’s a little odd.
If you are looking for an all-around pair of pants, the Norrøna bitihorn lightweight are incredibly versatile. Despite the steep price, these will last for many seasons.