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Need new ski pants that won't kill me

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
I've been skiing Spyder ski pants for the last several seasons, they've dutifully kept me warm and dry through all conditions and many days on the hill. However, when I ski bumps and have my feet close together, my ski edges slice the fabric around the boots (on the inside of my legs) and create holes. These holes can be mildly annoying, filling with snow, but that's not really a big deal. What is a big deal is once the holes are there, my ski brakes occasionally get caught in them. This happens when I'm skiing bumps (again feet together), and severley impacts my ability to maintain control (it's one thing to practice skiing on one ski knowing you're going to do it and on groomed terrain, it's quite another to suddenly be in that situation in the bumps). I've tried duct tape and sometimes it works for a couple of days, sometimes only for an hour or two.

So, after that long rambling introduction, can any of you reccomend ski pants (preferably half bibs) that will keep me warm, comfortable, and dry, and not be prone to getting sliced open by the edges of my skis and taking away one ski at the most inopportune time?
post #2 of 23

Cheap, too!
post #3 of 23
Cloudveil has several ski pants -- Koven is one model of ski pants, the Black Ice Bibs are another -- in which there's a triangle of kevalar fabric on the inside leg bottom, (the area I think you're describing).
post #4 of 23

You should be fine with those...
Seriously, I never had this problem, even with dirt-cheap Trespass pants.
But I love the title of this thread !
post #5 of 23
Check out Obermeyer, they have nice protection on the inside cuff
post #6 of 23
You will still slice your cuffs even with kevlar and nylon cuff protectors because it doesn't cover the whole area.

My wife got me some ArcTeyrx pants last year and I still managed to slice them up in the bumps.
post #7 of 23
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Originally Posted by Gnarlito

Cheap, too!
ROFL! God would that be uncomfortable. Duct tape truly is the force!
post #8 of 23
I got a nice pair of Marker ski pants. They have a very thick material on the inside areas near the boots. I am not saying its impossible to slice through, but it offers nice protection.
post #9 of 23
I feel your pain. The inside cuff of my ski pants got cut up this past year and started catching edges, snow etc. It is an awkward moment when you look to make that edge transfer, and its not there (ski edge hung up in cuff).: Part of the solution is a slightly wider stance, but I might have to look into these bullet proof pants with the kevlar cuffs.
post #10 of 23
Thread Starter 
Thanks all, as cirquerider points out, everything is fine when skiing groomers using a racing stance, the issue only occurs with feet together zipper-lining (or trying to) the bumps.

ElkMountainSkier, those Cloudveil pants look like good options, I'll check them out. I think what may be most helpful is shorter pants that stay higher up on my boots.
post #11 of 23
I'll second Marker. I prefer them over my Spyder half bibs.
post #12 of 23
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Originally Posted by hrspear
Thanks all, as cirquerider points out, everything is fine when skiing groomers using a racing stance, the issue only occurs with feet together zipper-lining (or trying to) the bumps.

ElkMountainSkier, those Cloudveil pants look like good options, I'll check them out. I think what may be most helpful is shorter pants that stay higher up on my boots.
hrspear, the Cloudveil pants are manufactured in different in lengths this year, in addition to normal, they have Short and Long. Their sizing charts will have the details, or call their cust service.
post #13 of 23
Many years ago when my father was skiing (60s-70s), he actually took some thin leather, cut it into this half-moon shape, and actually riveted into his ski pants on the inside. The leather was treated for the harsh conditions. It seemed to work for him.
post #14 of 23
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Originally Posted by sunmtskier
I'll second Marker.
Yeah, but just be real careful and check-out the other threads on Markers before you buy. There are lots of skiers here who claim to come out of them far too easily and often prematurely.
post #15 of 23
^^^ and I though you guys were talking about clothing, not bindings!
post #16 of 23
Patagucci are pretty nice... and they stand behind the product. They'll repair for a pretty reasonable fee.
post #17 of 23
Patagucci does not have any bibs, (only pants), shown on their website so far this season.
post #18 of 23
How about just rolling your Spyders up like the racer kids do at most hills?
post #19 of 23
I thought people don't ski with their feet together anymore!
post #20 of 23

Feet Together

Only in the bumps baby; otherwise, I catch my new inside ski big time and face plant the next VW bump.
post #21 of 23
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Originally Posted by Dr Rick
Yeah, but just be real careful and check-out the other threads on Markers before you buy. There are lots of skiers here who claim to come out of them far too easily and often prematurely.
I just bought a pair of Patagonia Powderkeg pants, I'm really hoping to get out of them easily and often. Actually, that's the main reason I bought them.

BK
post #22 of 23
What about a wider stance? This will help you more than buying a new pant (which is a good idea anyway). My pants have holes on the inside of my legs but i did not experience the same problem as you did. I think a slightly wider stance is the answer to you problems.
post #23 of 23

ski pant fix

heres what my wife does to mine . get some denim type material iron on patches, they have them in all colors and the denim doesnt cut very easy, I have had good luck with them
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