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Help choosing ski pants

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

I am going to Vail in January and I am looking to buy a new pair of pants. I have always gone skiing in Salt Lake my entire life, but usually in late February or early March. I would expect the temperature to be much lower when I go to Vail. I am looking at The North Face freedom shell pants and Becketts pants, but am open to any under $200. I don't know if I should just get shell pants and use my Icebreaker 260 leggings or get the becketts with 60g of insulation. Since I don't know what to expect temperature wise in Vail, I would appreciate any input.

post #2 of 13

 Hi and welcome.

 Personally I prefer a shell with some sort of leg ventilation. They are easier to make warmer or colder with compression tights and/or leggings depending on the weather. I skied at minus 20 celsius in Sweden last year with just baselayer bottoms underneath my shell pants without being uncomfortable.

post #3 of 13
Look for MH pants at sierra tp. They have snowtastic, snowpocalypse and bokta pants at an awesome price if you use coupons for extra discount which are easy to find for at least 35% extra.

I would also stay away from insulated pants since they can't be used on warm spring days! Shells are easily adapted to different conditions by using layers.
post #4 of 13
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Has anyone tried on or bought the Enzo pants from the north face? They would usually be out of my price range, but I found a new pair of last years model for $219. I just don't want a baggy pant, and the description says athletic cut.

post #5 of 13
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Or maybe be able to tell me if the north face enzo pants or mountain hardwear snowpocalypse pant is better.

post #6 of 13

arcteryx    find a sale, buy them used . Worthy 

post #7 of 13

I believe the snowpocalypse is better. I have never seen the enzo pants or the snowpocalypse, but I did see the enzo jacket and snowpocalypse jackets and I'm assuming the fabric is the same. I didn't like the enzo fabric, it doesn't look like the regular gore pro shell stuff, it seems thinner than what I'm used to on other pro shell gear. It's for instance very different than the TNF Free Thinker, which is more like what you would expect from a pro shell fabric.

 

Personally if you don't mind the color I would go for the red MH bokta pants at STP, fit is not baggy at all, very athletic cut.

post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by GarryZ View Post

arcteryx    find a sale, buy them used . Worthy 

Could you recommend a pant from arcteryx? Maybe one that is from last years line that would be on sale more than this years line.

post #9 of 13
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Could you recommend a pant from arcteryx? Maybe one that is from last years line that would be on sale more than this years line.

beta pants at zb sports on sale today. Check out some  lessor Arcteryx  pants that might fit your parameters.  On sale today with a coupon code you see on their opening page, 

post #10 of 13

i tried on some arcteryx pants expecting to love them with all the hype but i did not. You may not like stuff you haven't actually tried on
 

post #11 of 13

What sells me on them is how dry I stay after working all day in heavy snowfall. The time on chairs where you sit in snow and the times you become immersed in wetness. Cirquerider told me you could sit in water and never get wet before i bought my first pair several years ago. He wasn't stretching the truth one bit. These are amazing articles of ski wear. I just bought another pair so I can send an old pair back for repair or replacement via their lifetime guarantee after  about four hundred days wearing them and split the inseam a little bit, separating the goretex 

 

They fit a bit loose . As a shell you are expected to layer according to your climate . I prefer that and only buy shells for the outermost layer. The best I have experienced are Arcteryx though there are some out there that can compete but are even more expensive. 

post #12 of 13
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Thanks for all the help guys. I was able to find snowpocalypse and enzo pants both for over 50% off, so I bought both and am going to return the one I like least. I had never really looked arcteryx, but am now looking at buying one of their stingray jackets when a good sale pops up.

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Originally Posted by ssimmons88 View Post

Thanks for all the help guys. I was able to find snowpocalypse and enzo pants both for over 50% off, so I bought both and am going to return the one I like least. I had never really looked arcteryx, but am now looking at buying one of their stingray jackets when a good sale pops up.

let us know which one you will end up keeping!
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