Schoeller Schussmeister Winter Hiking Pants

What do you do when you impulse buy technical outdoor fabric? Why make pants, of course! The Schoeller® Schussmeister stretch woven nylon / wool fabric can be found at Rockywoods here.

Making these pants is a BIG deal because outdoor technical gear is not very body inclusive. Ryan and I have NEVER fit brands like North Face, Mountain Hardwear, Helly Hansen, Mammut, Stoic, Norrona, Patagonia, Burton, etc. Ryan needs a 36-37″ inseam, and I need a 35-36″ inseam. If a tall size is available, and that’s a big IF, the inseam is 32-33″ for women and 33-34″ for men. Other brands might go up to 35-36″ but only in the XL or XXL sizes, and Ryan and I wear a medium to large. RYAN HAD NO OPTIONS before I knew how to sew, and I could barely get away with wearing men’s sizes.

Of course, these pants are self-drafted, but I want to point out some of the construction details. The partial elastic waistband was inspired by True Bias Dani shorts & pant pattern. I used some medium-weight black yoga spandex fabric I had in my stash for the elastic part of the waistband. The Schoeller fabric is heavyweight and doesn’t gather well. I had to add darts to the back waistband, and I should have removed more fabric from the center back since the elastic waistband is causing some odd puckering. I’ll fix this issue when I make Ryan’s pants. I don’t mind the puckering since these pants will always be worn with a backpack, and you’ll never see the waistband anyways.

For the front closure, I used two size 20 utility metal snaps from KAMsnaps. I hope the snaps work in the long run. There was no way I was going to be able to sew a buttonhole through the Schoeller fabric. Sewing the front zipper was difficult enough.

I used my standard pocket and just made it a zippered pocket instead of a side slash pocket. The zipper is waterproof since the Schoeller fabric is treated with DWR. It didn’t make sense to have a regular zipper that would let in moisture if my pants were water repellant. I used riri DE6 AQUAzip One Way Water Repellent Zippers for the pockets.

The other zipper I added was a vent for the legs, riri DE6 AQUAzip Two Way Water Repellent Zipper. All my zippers were purchased from Pacific Trimming.

I have to have two wardrobes for hiking in the winter—one wardrobe for hiking uphill. I overheat so quickly. And another wardrobe for hiking downhill since I always get cold chills. These pants would be intolerably hot without the vents.

I was worried this fabric would be too itchy since it does contain wool, but so far, I haven’t found the wool to be an issue. The pants are warm and breathable, so I’m happy.

I’m going to be making the same pant for Ryan next. I don’t care if we match like twins.

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    1. hi there, Have you seen the fabrics at Discovery Fabrics? I got some of their “Neoshell”. It’s pretty pricey but RTW jackets with it are several hundred. I also got some on-sale DriFit from another vendor, to practice first.

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      1. I have gone to Discovery fabrics. They have some great looking stuff. I’m currently shopping for some supplex fabric for summer hiking pants with zip off legs.


  1. You can delete this! Just an update as my fabric finally arrived. 😀 I got the Sulfur color in the Neoshell (a little bit of stretch, like 5-10%) and it is very similar to my most expensive garment, an Arcteryx rain jacket. It is falling apart at the seams, and coming unglued as it nearly 20 years old. I consider that a metaphor for myself. I bought some iron-on waterproof seam tape and did some tests on a Nike shell, and it looks good! So I will practice on the rest of that Nike shell fabric and then gasp! cut into one of the expensive fabrics I’ve bought — that Neoshell is $45 USD/yard. It’s a bit lighter weight and less stiff than my Arcteryx jacket-fabric, which might work well for what I have in mind. I can use the Arcteryx for sizing, and for the elbow-pouch design. I also got the Sulfur Polartec fleece. Very stretchy and soft, and I plan to make a zip-neck pullover with it. It’s a whopping 70″ wide, so I will have some scraps to maybe make a hat. Then I can be a giant chartreuse-neon blob visible from outer space. 🙂

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    1. I’ve been procrastinating on my waterproof jacket projects. Our Arcteryx jackets are 10+ years old too and the seams / glue have dried out and are coming apart. We got them fixed years ago when this happened, but I’d rather put that money towards new fabric and make my own gear. One thing at a time. I still have my hiking pants to make. Being able to make your own outdoor gear is definitely addicting!


  2. Those pants look great. Reading your pants fitting adventures (THANK YOU SO MUCH!), have been reluctant to cut into my stash of good fabrics till I get mine to a better fit. Living in Montana with relatively narrow upper body/ big hips/smallish waist I also find most technical outdoor clothing RTW brands generally to be a bust. I’ve ordered from this Malden Mills’ outlet which carries Neoshell, Powerdry, Powerwool, and various Polartec fabrics in small quantities, numerous colors, great prices, swatches available. This article is a great rundown of other suppliers even though a few years old.

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