Technical, versatile, lightweight, and built to last. The Afterburner pant brings the Eberlestock approach to a great pair of hunting pants. Made of 4-way stretch polyester with a DWR finish, Afterburners provide a close riding, athletic fit with a cut that gives unrestrained freedom of movement.
Afterburners feature a gusseted crotch, motion-biased knee construction, and a tapered cuff to keep snow, dirt, rocks, and other debris out of your boots. The cuff is flanked with skid-plates for robust durability. Ergonomically designed pockets keep items from falling out while remaining comfortable. Dual cargo pockets ride the right thigh. Speed vents with bug screens zip upward along your hamstrings to provide active ventilation as you climb. These pants are designed to provide year-round performance. In the spring and summer months, use the Speed Vents to keep your temperatures in balance for all-day hunting. If you get wet from wading or downpours, the material dries very quickly. And as the temperature drops in the fall and winter, add a baselayer of Eberlestock Airbase. You'll be able to take this combo into virtually any conditions for an active, athletic hunt.
The Afterburner gives you an elegant, modern design that works above the timberline or on the streets.
Been able to put these pants to use while doing camping, hiking, and scouting trips. Overall, these are an excellent concept for a pant and a good/great product. There needs to be some changes made to take them to the next level. For reference, I am 6' 2" and 200 lbs, with an athletic build - fit but not ripped. I purchased the Large in Dry Earth.
The material of the pant is excellent and moves with your body as advertised. The pockets seem to be well placed, but I feel the thigh pockets are a little undersized, especially when trying to fit today's larger phones into them. The pocket zippers are a little too small for easy use but have presented no quality issues. The thigh and rear pockets are nice and serve their purpose well. The speed vents are excellent and a must have in technical hunting pants. The crotch and length of the pant are also excellent and allow freedom of movement.
Where the pant falls substantially short is the sizing of the leg - specifically in the thighs. When I put these on they are awkwardly snug - think skinny jeans or base layer. When I open the speed vents they increase to about the perfect size. I can not comfortably wear these with a base layer unless I ran the speed vents open all of the time. Anyone with marginally muscular thighs (so most mountain hunters) will experience tightness and the inability to use the pockets for much because that only makes it tighter. Thankfully the materials stretches very well and moves well with your legs. The tapered cuff is also too tapered and awkwardly tight over boots. The cuff is too small to go past the top of the ankle and the associated boot eyelets. These are the prime rub areas, so should be the focus of protection, but are not. I would also like to see reinforcement in the knees primarily and the sear secondarily.
Sizing up might help the leg size issue but then it brings a loose waist - so not a great solution. Very close on this product, but not quite there yet.
I have wore a lot of brands of hunting pants, most was from the hunting community, but other was not. The Afterburner pants are one of the best. I was looking for a pair of pants that was light weight, cool in mid day hunts, and durable. Eberlestock hit the nail on the head. I have paired it with the Bruneaus Hoodies SPF for a home run on late summer and early fall hunts. Only problem is that I didn't order two sets!!
I’m extremely meticulous when purchasing any outdoor and hunting gear, especially pants. The Afterburner pants are excellent and have become my go-to pants for early season elk to early-November mountain hunting. For comparison they rival and are very similar to Sitka’s Ascent, Traverse, and/or Apex pants and have been far superior to First Lite’s Obsidian pants. I’m 6’ 2” 190lbs and purchased the Large in Mountain camo to which they perfectly fit. I strongly agree these pants correctly address the “athletic fit with a cut that gives unrestrained freedom of movement” that so many brands fail but boast about. If the Afterburner pants are Eberlestock’s first generation line of gear, they are very close to perfection. Here are my nit-picky improvements;
• Small zippers are difficult to open with or without gloves, and the right leg front thigh zipper bounces making noise when moving or walking.
o Replace all small YKK zipper heads with large durable zippers, similar to the same speed vent zippers which hold a fixed position.
o Or, perhaps thread each small zipper with a 1.5” pull string (what I did).
• Right leg pockets are key hunting pockets (for right hunters) that must be accessible quickly with ease.
o Suggest replacing right thigh diagonal zip pocket with a more durable zipper or make a horizontal small cargo slit pocket using silent snaps.
o Replace right vertical thigh side zipper with same speed vent zippers, also trim back and glue down the fabric lip.
2) TOUGHEN UP
• Add a double layer (camouflage!) material to the knee areas.
• Double stitch to reinforce the top fly button and hole.
• Add abrasion-resistant knife sheath on right or left pocket (Sitka).
• Skid-plates on cuff are a nice idea but are a bit too noisy when brushing against the other (George Costanza’s swooshing suit). I wear gaiters so this doesn’t interfere.