Gear reviews » Sporthill 3SP pants
Sporthill uses a unique fabric they call 3SP. It is a densely woven stretch polypropolene with a brushed back. As far as I know there are no other fabrics made like this. It feels like a thin version of Polartec Powerstretch if you are familiar with that, but it’s wind resistant! They make several different models, one that appeals to me because of it’s minimal features, and thus light weight, is the ATV pant.
My last trip was the first time I used it for bikepacking and I realized it offers a very good option for this use, but many people are unfamiliar with it. Sporthill is mainly known as a crosscountry ski company. REI sells them as do many other ski shops.
These are a great option for riders in weather below 40F/5C or so. Other fabrics that are this warm and wind resistant tend to be to warm at the warmer end of the scale, and less breathable or they are heavier or both. Remember there is no membrane to impede beathability or comfort. Polypro is also the fabric that absorbs the least amount of water , so they are faster drying. They are both lighter and warmer than most softshell pants (Schoeller etc.) as well as more comfortable under rainpants or in a sleeping bag.
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