Short of donning a full Lycra suit and changing your name to Hans, the Black Diamond Men’s Dawn Patrol LT Touring Pant is the best way to shave some grams from your touring kit. Weighing just under a pound and made with a Schoeller stretch softshell, it’s ideal for those high-aerobic tours where breathability trumps waterproof protection. Since traveling in snow-covered mountains will inevitably bring you in contact with moisture, the pants are treated with a NanoSphere water-resistant finish, which not only repels moisture from snow and water, but also dirt, oil, and whiskey. Since the Schoeller softshell is breathable enough as is, BD did away with vents to save on weight, but you will find two-way zips at the cuff, allowing for easy adjustments to boots during transitions. Keprotec instep patches keep the cuffs from easily tearing in this high-wear zone, so you can save your duct tape for your worn-out leather gloves you’ve touring in since Bush was in the white house.