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2012 Patagonia Women's Primo Pants


Pros: Waterproof and fit

Cons: Haven't run into any yet



Size Tested: Medium

Cut/Style : classic 

Type: Shell Pant with Size Zips



Environment & Conditions:

Location of Test: Multiple days, winter, spring

Length of time Tested: Season

Demo or Own: Own


Tester Info:

Username: Trekchick

Age: 46

Height/Weight: 5'6" 135 lbs

Ski Days/Season: 80+

Years Skiing:30+

Preferred Attire: Shell/Layering

Current Quiver:Kaestle shell pants, Insulated Descente, FlyLow Bella Shell pants



  The rugged design, amazing color choices, and well thought out features of the Patagonia Primo Shell Pants are just a few things that I noticed right away. 

First of all, the fit is really nice for a girl like me who has "girl curves".  That is not always easy to find in ski pants. 

Second thing I noticed is the functional features like side zips, rugged cuff reinforcement, and pocket placement.  I'm not usually someone who uses a thigh pocket, but the one on the primo's is placed well and has quickly become my "go to" pocket for a few essentials.  

I've worn the Primo a couple times when the weather is questionable and was not disappointed with the waterproof (Gortex).  I stayed dry all day.  Lets face it, if we are going to get wet on a ski day, lets make it after skiing, in the hot tub not while we're on the slopes.  

You may have noticed that I ranked the Primo Shell Pant as a 3 star on warmth.  Well, it is a shell pant, not insulated, so warmth is not a feature you're looking for, yet, I've never been cold in these pants. 




2012 Patagonia Women's Primo Pants

When your season starts with an early October storm cycle and doesn't let up until June corn, you need gear that will go the distance. The Primo is the most durable, lightweight shell pant we make for daily riding all season long. A tough 3-layer recycled nylon shell is bonded with waterproof/breathable GORE-TEX® Performance Shell on the outside for protection and durability. A DWR (durable water repellent) finish prevents saturation and repels even the wettest snow conditions. Other features include a gusseted crotch for mobility, coated, watertight Slim Zips for reduced bulk, articulated knees, external thigh vents, tough scuff guards and internal gaiters. Details Tough 3-layer recycled nylon shell with waterproof/breathable GORE-TEX® Performance Shell and a Deluge® DWR (durable water repellent) finish provides protection from cold and wet snow Waist details: Soft brushed tricot lining wicks moisture; adjustable elastic tabs customize the fit; two-snap closure and zip fly Loops on rear yoke securely attach pant to powder skirt on any Patagonia Ski/Snowboard Jacket to keep out snow Slim Zip installation with watertight coated zippers for reduced zipper bulk and weight Gusseted crotch and articulated knees improve mobility and reduce bulk; external thigh vents quickly release heat Gaiters keep the snow out, while tough scuff guards protect inside of leg and bottom hem Pockets: Two handwarmers and one right thigh - both with secure zip closures Shell: 3-layer, 5.6-oz 70-denier 100% recycled nylon with waterproof/breathable GORE-TEX® Performance Shell technology and a DWR (durable water repellent) finish 564 g (19.9 oz) Made in Vietnam. Material GORE-TEX The 3-layer construction used for the GORE-TEX® Performance Shell is designed for a wide range of outdoor activities. The 3-layer GORE-TEX Performance Shell has a special GORE-TEX membrane, bonded to a tough outer material and a robust inner lining. The benefit: no movement between the three layers, which means less wear and tear, and even greater durability.

Side ZipsFull
Seam TapedFully taped
VentingOutside leg
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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