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Thread Starter 

A public service announcement for guys over 6’ 3” tall:

I hope this helps any tall guys who have struggled to find decent ski pants with an inseam length of at least 34”.

I’m 6’ 5”, wear 36 x 36 jeans, and have been looking for good-quality (uninsulated, with 10K/10K or better waterproof/breathability) ski pants in longer lengths.

 

A couple seasons ago, I retired my trusty (XL-Long) Marmot Randonnee ski bibs. They had a 36” inseam and fit a bit loose on my lanky frame. Excellent 2-layer Gore-tex XCR pants with full side zips, a cargo pocket and an abbreviated integrated bib.

Since then, in my quest to find a worthy replacement, I’ve discovered a few pants that come close to fitting the bill for me. These brands/models are offered in either Long inseams or at least 34” inseams in their larger sizes.

 

- Scott Enumclaw pants (XL = approx 34.5” inseam)

These are the only insulated pants I tried. The XL offered a generous, but not baggy fit, but they were a bit too short for me. I didn’t like the insulation due to its mediocre breathability and the fact that the pants were just too warm for milder conditions. Insulated pants just don’t work for me.

 

- The North Face Freedom Pants (XL-Long = 34” inseam)

These are a pretty decent pant for the price. The fit was fairly generous, but they were just a bit too short for me. Breathability was just O.K., but I was coming from a thinner Gore-tex XCR fabric that breathed really well.

 

Mountain Hardwear Returnia/Returnia Cargo Pants (Large-Long = 34” inseam)

I was really impressed with the nice fit and features of these pants for the price, but they were just a bit too short for me. I liked ‘em so much that I bought a pair for my 15-year old son. You should be able to find a pair of these on sale for less than $100.

 

- Mammut Stoney Pants (38-Long = 35” inseam)

Very nice pants! Mammut makes excellent gear, and these pants are a great example. A somewhat generous fit with great knee articulation. The 36” waist I initially tried on was just too constrictive through the hips and thighs, so I stepped up to a 38” waist. I would have kept these, but the microfleece lining caught on my base layer thermals and restricted movement. Bummer! I really wanted these to work for me. If you use tights as a baselayer, these will probably work just fine.

 

- Patagonia Snowshot Pants (Large-Long  = approx 34.5” inseam)

As with the other pants, these fit on the generous side, but were just a bit too short. I really liked the overall fit through the waist and hips, the articulated knees, and the pocket size and placement. Fairly burly fabric, but pretty breatheable. I liked ‘em so much that I had a tailor add about an inch of black nylon fabric to the hem to eliminate the high-water look when I bent my knees. These are my go-to pants until I find somehing I like better.

 

Marmot Mantra / Palisades / Mainline / Freerider / Storm King pants are all available in 34” inseams if you opt for the XL. I think the Mainline & Storm King are the only ones offered in a Regular fit vs. Relaxed or Loose.

 

*Edit - I tried the Palisades and Spire pants in XL, but both were too short (about 34"), and ridiculously wide. The XL equates to a 38" - 40" waist.

 

Flylow makes the Chemical pant in Tall sizes (34” inseam), and has offered the Magnum Pro in Tall in the past.

 

I know Arc‘teryx makes ski pants like the Sabre with 35” inseams, but I don’t ski enough to drop $350+ on a pair of ski pants. And the Sabre got a really mediocre review on Outdoor Gear Lab recently.

 

If anybody else has any information they’d like to add, feel free!


Edited by kingsalami - 11/30/15 at 8:58am
post #2 of 8

I got the Thirty Two Engler XL size to fit some thick crash pads under them to protect my bad hip and a few layers if needed.  I could easily wear a size large in these and probably still squeeze some crash pads in there.  I wear a 36x36 and I am around 6'6" tall. Pants I got were clove tanish brown color and they look really nice.  Deep front pockets that fit larger cell cell phones.  They are the longest ski pants that I have every tried so far in my entire life.  If walking around in socks I need to roll up pants just a tad so I am not walking on pants in the heel area.  I would buy these pants again in a heartbeat for such a good long fit compared to other brands. They have a nice cut to them.  I only got one season on them so far but they have outlasted some of my other pants already.      

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Yep, one length fits all Grrrr -big problem.  I had the opposite problem 29 inch inseam. Had to get a tailor to cut off about

8 inches just below the knee.  (The bottom around the cuff would be almost impossible)

 

 

 

Other gripes:

Any color you want as long as it's black.   (hate black)

 

Ski boots one width (C-D) fits all  Grrr      Years ago they came in Narrow, Med, Wide.  (I need 4E width)

Track shoes in one width   same problem   (Hurrah for New Balance)

 

Ski socks -now extra long  (won't fit over my huge calf muscles-wear hiking socks)

Gold Toe dress socks -also too long now    (-they make 3/4 crew but not stocked anywhere)

Shirts with no pocket.  (cheaper - I need pocket for cell phone!)

Men's shorts too long (style for basketball players -most uncomfortable) slimy polyester not cotton.

Levi's jeans -best- but price doubled when they went to China  (now buy Lee or anything else)

 

#6 brown cone coffee filters (only source closed their store -bought Melitta online -arrived today!)

No rain gutters on cars (for ski racks)

No Vent windows on cars.

--more--

-- oops better stop now before I.m called a Luddite ! LOL

post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 

HA! My quest is finally over!

I just picked up a pair of XL-Tall Arcteryx Stingray pants off the TGR gear swap. I wouldn't pay retail ($400) for these really sweet technical pants, but I got lucky & scored a lightly used pair for just over $100!

Very impressive pants! They're just a bit wide for me through the legs & waist, but the inseam is a full 36"! And the slick waist adjustments cinch down very effectively, negating the need for a belt. I'm really happy to be completely done with the highwater look when skiing. And it's nice to be able to rock a color other than generic black!

Thanks Arcteryx and Utahskier82!!

 

 

Nice lookin' pants, dude! (not me).

post #5 of 8
Although I ski, Burton XL tall snow board pants work for me at 6'6", 36×36. They are black but look fine with my red and black XLT Obermeyer jacket. They were cut slimmer and longer than other XLT pants at my local shop. I don't mind wearing a belt. I guess its a snowboard look?
post #6 of 8
Nice, I could have used this thread about a year ago when I was on the hunt for new snow parts. I'm 6'6", 185,and I wear 34x36 jeans.

I ended up getting Armada Ascender pants in size xl. They are just about long enough, and I also got armada suspenders (if you're looking for good snow pants suspenders, these have great length and nice claws/clasps that hold on the pants well). That way I can leave the pants a hair lower (right at my waist, no butt hanging out like the park rats) and not worry about them falling off.

I might have to check out Arcteryx next time around, thanks for posting those. My previous pair of marmot pants (I don't know the model) were actually quite long, but when I looked at their pants this time around, they were all too short.
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Originally Posted by Mdskier View Post
 

Yep, one length fits all Grrrr -big problem.  I had the opposite problem 29 inch inseam. Had to get a tailor to cut off about

8 inches just below the knee.  (The bottom around the cuff would be almost impossible)

 

 

 

Other gripes:

Any color you want as long as it's black.   (hate black)

 

Ski boots one width (C-D) fits all  Grrr      Years ago they came in Narrow, Med, Wide.  (I need 4E width)

Track shoes in one width   same problem   (Hurrah for New Balance)

 

Ski socks -now extra long  (won't fit over my huge calf muscles-wear hiking socks)

 

Men's shorts too long (style for basketball players -most uncomfortable) slimy polyester not cotton.

Levi's jeans -best- but price doubled when they went to China  (now buy Lee or anything else)

 

I'm in a similar boat.  Need a 36 waist, but a 30 leg.  4E work boots as well.

I like Flylow ski pants, even if they are a touch long.  I just roll up the cuffs for the walk through the parking lot.  Medium would be better for length, but Large fits the waist.

I'm in a Tecnica Cochise 120 boot, with Intuition liners.  Bootfitter punched the shells a bit for width, and they're money.

I'll have to look at NB runners.

Look at compression socks at the drug store.

I like Quicksilver cargo shorts, but you might find them too long.

Levi's 527 were my go-to(still have a pair from 2001), but now I find Carhartt jeans to be my favorite.

post #8 of 8
Im 6'4 and the patagona primo pants in long sizes have done me well.
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