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Ski Pants and Knee Braces: Which brand has full side zippers?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

If you were a knee brace (i.e. post-ACL reconstruction), do you prefer pants with full side zippers?

 

I was looking for new pair and the guy recommended looking for a pair with full side zippers--although, the shop didn't have any.

 

Any recommendations on brands that have full side zippers?

 

Also, the DonJoy rep said the brace must be against the skin or a base layer, so wearing on top of pants does not appear to be an option.

post #2 of 12

The now retired MH Bokta pants has full zips, I think the Drystein II bibs also have full size zips. OR Mentor pants, and a number of Arcteryx pieces all have full size zips.

 

I've only used the Bokta pants, but tried the Drystein II and OR Mentor, they didn't fit me right either too big or too small... but those are all great quality pants/bibs

post #3 of 12
I have Patagonia's Triolet for this very reason. The pants are shell pants. I wear Opedix underneath and a brace on each knee. I am contemplating going brace free this year. We'll see.

The set up works great.
post #4 of 12

Have both pants with side zips and not. Side zips are nice if you race, otherwise, not a big deal. Plenty of them from brands that do race gear; Spyder, Karbon, etc. IME main issue with a brace is not zippers, but having a relaxed fit leg so the brace moves inside easily. Otherwise, you'll wear a hole right through the lining, and then the outer layer. Trust me...

post #5 of 12
Arc'teryx theta sv bibs have a full side zip with a gator that also splits apart, trim cut though so it may rub as mentioned by @beyond

The Arc'teryx Stinger bibs have a zip down to the top of the knee so you could adjust your brace with a more relaxed fit for your brace

I'm a bib guy so as far as pants I haven't tried em
Edited by near nyquist - 11/16/13 at 9:20pm
post #6 of 12

Picked up a pair of Mont Tempest shell pants a few months ago which I'm very happy with - http://www.mont.com.au/index/catalog/product/003    Should work for the op with appropriate layering.

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post #8 of 12

FlyLow Magnum BC or FlyLow Compound Pant.  FlyLow Chemical should also work but its not a full side zip.  flylowgear.com.

post #9 of 12
I have Spyders, Obermyers, and REI, all side zips.
post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 

You guys are great. I discovered that there is a Patagonia shop in Boulder so I know where I'll be hitting at lunch one of these days. Too bad the Spyder offices don't have a showroom--they're right near where I take my walk at lunch. Now, after buying new tires, I just need a little more for pants.

post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by L&AirC View Post

I have Patagonia's Triolet for this very reason. The pants are shell pants. I wear Opedix underneath and a brace on each knee. I am contemplating going brace free this year. We'll see.

The set up works great.

 

Going off topic here, but I was thinking about getting the Opedix also. How have they held up?

post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by rx2ski View Post
 

 

Going off topic here, but I was thinking about getting the Opedix also. How have they held up?


  No issues.  I have two pairs and can't imagine skiing without them.  I got 60 days skiing last season and probably 10-15 the season before (with Opedix).

 

Whether compression tights are a placebo or not, I don't know. What I do know is I'll ski without my braces before skiing without Opedix.

 

Ken

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