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Short inseam waterproof shell pants with suspenders? And shell jacket? - Page 2
Arc makes limited runs of the short pants and they're usually sold out by late fall. Found this out last year when I tried to buy them in January. Got them this year in September. I bought them from US Outdoor in PDX, which is a big Arcteryx dealer. When I bought them, the salesperson said, "All you short guys have been coming in this week and snapping these up."
Indeed - Arcteryx does make short length pants that are available for sale. The problem noted by kauffee is magnified by the fact that most Arcteryx models are not made in a short length. As an example (based on their website), less than 50% of what they consider "ski pants" (currently call their "Whiteline" products) are listed as having a short length available. Worse still, their nicest suspendered ski pant (the Stinger IMO) is not available in a short length - that's how I ended up looking at the more expedition-oriented Theta SV pants with minimal & silly pockets. OTOH - when they do make a short model I have usually been able to find them for sale (though I usually don't wait til mid-winter to look).
If a pant has full side zips (or zips that open from the bottom) this choice is technically quite a challenge and not worth it. OTOH - since Patagonia makes no pants in a short length they do offer to shorten any pants at a starting cost of $50 (though I doubt that would be the cost for a model with a full side zip).
Have you looked at these low-bib, suspendered pants: https://www.taigaworks.ca/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=688? They come in three different lengths! I tried to get my hands on one of these when I was shopping for pants two years ago but they couldn't tell me when their small/28" model would be available (I was looking around Thanksgiving and they said "maybe next year"). Other than that they look like a hell of a deal with a lot of nice features.
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Bah, I ended up just getting the Black Diamond Dawn Patrol Touring pants in Medium Short. The Mammut's are still really expensive (Dawn Patrol was $250 shipped) and they don't have a short option (even though I guess they run short).
I thought about it and I tend to run hot. More than likely I won't be in a downpour, and the only thing I want is to not have my butt be wet sitting on the lift or in the snow while I'm grabbing lunch. This is my main worry with the Dawn Patrol. Justified? But I've heard that other waterproof shells still get soaked from wet lift seats, so maybe it won't be so bad? I think I'll enjoy the breathability more than anything else.
Edited by fuzzybabybunny - 1/26/15 at 10:30pm
Cool - enjoy! Sorry, but I didn't notice til now that the Mammut Norwand is no longer made in a short length (and silly pricy they are indeed). When I bought my pants Mammut offered both the regular "Norwand" (in short sizes) and the even pricier "Norwand Pro" (but not in short sizes). Looks like they eliminated the regular Norwand in favor of the new "Crater" (which is GT, but not GT Pro, but available in short lengths). What a hassle to buy short inseam pants!