Point 1 about the 2012 Firstgear Katmandhu pants: we feel the design and spec of these suit the needs of the ADV rider better than anything else (that does not cost twice as much).
We base our assessment on these reasons: the Katmandhu has the perfect blend and placement of main and reinforcing fabrics. Sturdy stuff where you need it - especially for off road - but lighter stuff in some areas so the suit does not feel heavy and hot. Armor is built in, and has now been upgraded to d3o. There are a ton of pockets, vents, and features. Best of all - get ready now - THE SHELL IS WATERPROOF, they do NOT use a drop liner. When it rains, no need to remove anything, pull out a liner, take off your gear, put the liner on, and....you get it.
On top of this, the feature list is ridiculously long, fit is good, and they are available in a bazillion sizes.
These are a winner.