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post #1 of 25
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Ski Pants for Vertically Challenged Male Skiers...

 

I'm short.  The standard sizes have the pant legs bunched up over the boots.

 

Any suggestions of brands for shorter pant legs OR pants that can be tailored for shorter length.??? 

 

 

 

I'm also cheap!  Lets keep the price point somewhere south of $300.

 

Thanks.

post #2 of 25

I'm in the same boat, and I'm interested also.  

In the past, I have seen/bought SHORTs from North Face, Marker, and Spyder.  Not sure they all carry shorts all the time or in all models.  
Currently wearing a pair of North Face, but I'd love a bib.

post #3 of 25
post #4 of 25

What Bob sez; Pato apparently uses Yvon as the model for all their pants i.e. short, stubby little dwarf.  I have therefore NEVER been able to wear their pants.

post #5 of 25
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Originally Posted by Paul Lutes View Post
 

What Bob sez; Pato apparently uses Yvon as the model for all their pants i.e. short, stubby little dwarf.  I have therefore NEVER been able to wear their pants.

Well.... not exactly.  I've always been curious about that question.  Pato is for very lean folks in my experience.  I'm short and stubby and all the waists are way too tight and the shirts too long and tight. 

post #6 of 25

Entirely possible, since I neglected to include the fact that I gave up on Pato pants 20+ years ago ;)

post #7 of 25

I've had good luck with Mountain Hardwear short sizes.

post #8 of 25

arcteryx also has short inseam in some pants, they are usually shorter than most.

post #9 of 25

This has come up before. Here and here, among other places. Perennial challenge for me. Folks who say that any brand's "regular" length is already short enough don't get it. I have a 27" inseam. Regular length Patagonias - never mind the price - are still 4" too long.

 

Many of the brands that people mention as having short lengths - e.g., Arcteryx - do so more in theory than in practice, and on fewer models every year. I called them about it last time I was looking. I think they told me that for the model I was asking about they had produced something like one dozen pair for the whole world that year.

 

The increasing trend to baggy just makes things worse, because most of us who have short legs are also small all around, so pants that are baggy on a regular physique just look like clown wear on us. I tried on a pair of Mountain Hardwear Snowpocalypse pants in a Small Short and it was like wearing a one of those blue tarps that I put over the firewood pile in the winter. Ridiculous. Could have put two of me in there.

 

Currently wearing a pair of 2012-13 Mountain Hardwear Snowtastic pants. They are excellent, barring a few minor gripes. Second time in a row I've ended up in Mtn. Hardwears, because they are essentially the only brand that ever seems to have shorts that actually exist and are semi-affordable (if you buy on closeout). 

post #10 of 25

I have a pair of patogonias in medium that have a 32" inseam. I'm a 29.5" inseam.  It isn't a big deal skiing but walking around in regualr boots.  The saving grace on these is they aren't baggy around the cuff so the ski boots hold them up.  Previous snow pants I had to roll the bottoms up so they wouldn't drag walking through the parking lot.

 

In oder to get something close to my inseam, I need to lose another 4" off my waist.  granted, that is the right thing to do, but I doubt it is going to happen.

post #11 of 25
Tangent - it's never simple department.

I happen to live near a Patagonia outlet. They were having a 40% off outlet price sale the other day, which I stumbled into. That puts them at comparable to other brands and less than some, but still not cheap. When I saw that 15 or 20 people were waiting in line for one open register I walked out. Time is money.
post #12 of 25
Marker used to make short inseam pants. Haven't bought any for a few years. I love mine.

DA
post #13 of 25
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Originally Posted by Grndslam View Post

Marker used to make short inseam pants. Haven't bought any for a few years. I love mine.

DA

I think you're right. And the fact that Marker doesn't have the brand cachet that some others do doesn't necessarily mean it's not good stuff. I have a Marker jacket that has worn very well. Not sure they do the high-end laminates, if you need that. Google would tell in a jiffy, I suppose.
post #14 of 25
I think it is too limiting to stay with short lengths. I buy what ever Medium pants that I like and take them to an experienced tailor. I have also had factory alterations done by EMS. If the pants do not have side or cuff zips any tailor can hem them. The hem can also be made at or just below the knee to not interfere with zips or fancy logos still maintaining the natural articulation designed into the pants.
post #15 of 25

Just note you lose warranty rights that way. 

post #16 of 25
If you have it done by the mfc they still honor it, EMS does anyway. I've never had water intrusion issues, but I use tent seem sealer anyway, even on gore-tex. I could see where warranty issues are possible though.
post #17 of 25
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Originally Posted by prickly View Post
 

Just note you lose warranty rights that way.

 

 

This is a depends.  I've talked to Patagonia, Salamon (boots) and Helly Hansen on this subject.  Almost always, the item is still under warranty after the modification, but the item modified might be in question.  As stated above, depends on who did the modification.

 

An example is I talked to Patagonia about hemming the sleeve.  They said the jacket remained in warranty except for the cuff I wanted hemmed.

post #18 of 25

interesting

post #19 of 25

Obermeyer makes several styles of pants in a short.  Tiaga makes some nice shorts as well.

 

https://www.taigaworks.ca/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=86

post #20 of 25
Marry a seamstress

I'm short and wide. Only way I get away with ANY manufactured ski pant is to alter the leg length.

When my waist was 32 (probably 50 years ago), I could use what the few ski outfit producers then made as a "short" pantleg length. Not today!!!
post #21 of 25


I had my Gortex ski pants shortened from Specialty Outdoors.  She did a very nice job and it was reasonably priced.  I think it cost around me 60.00 and was money well spent IMO.

 

http://specialtyoutdoors.com/

post #22 of 25
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Originally Posted by DMAS View Post
 


I had my Gortex ski pants shortened from Specialty Outdoors.  She did a very nice job and it was reasonably priced.  I think it cost around me 60.00 and was money well spent IMO.

 

http://specialtyoutdoors.com/

+1 on a great experience with Specialty Outdoors.  Had two pairs of hard shell pants shortened a year ago.

post #23 of 25
Like @qcanoe, I have really short legs. One of the reason I'm a skier and not playing in the NBA. If you like trimmer fitting pants in short lengths under $300. Try Kjus and Vist. They both make decent pants in short lengths. You can find quite a few of them off season for half price - $200 to $250. 
post #24 of 25

I really love Flylow, they are reasonably priced and in my opinion much better quality than many of the more popular and higher priced brands. They also make pants for short people, hey make an XS with a 29 inseam.

 

The bonus is it's easy to find their stuff from last year on the cheap online.

post #25 of 25
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Originally Posted by PoisonTheWell View Post
 

They also make pants for short people, hey make an XS with a 29 inseam.

 

 

A 29 inseam on a XS is not really a short. A 28 inseam in a medium is more me. Maybe I'm just short and fat.  :D 

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