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post #1 of 16
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Back in the ski game after a few season hiatus...what should I be looking for in pants. I like something pretty lightweight as I like the freedom and the weather out here in the PNW isnt all that cold. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks...
post #2 of 16
Arc'Teryx bibs. The ones with the dinosaur birds on them. $350-400 and built to last. I've had mine 4 years and lots of hard use. Wind/water proof side zippers up the entire length of the out seam (side of pant leg). Close to 100 per cent water proof. Gordo
post #3 of 16
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Originally Posted by gordopost
Xeterra bids. The ones with the dinosaur birds on them. $350-400 and built to last. I've had mine 4 years and lots of hard use. Wind/water proof side zippers up the entire length of the out seam (side of pant leg). Close to 100 per cent water proof. Gordo
Is the outside zipper a good feature to have? Just shopped for new pants and realized that lots of pants have that now. It used to be popular in the 70s!
post #4 of 16

zipper on outside

I find having the zipper on the outside very useful. When I want to cool down after coming into a hot lodge, I can unzip both outsides; either from the top down, or the bottom up. This helps prevent me from overheating. The zipper also works well when suiting up in the AM. Sometimes I sweat when I am booting up, and being able to open the pant legs helps keep me cool. Be sure to get a zipper that is water and wind proof. Most just have a fly to cover the zipper. That fly gets in the way when you try to close the zipper. Xeterra pants have no fly, but they do keep out the water and wind.

Also I didn't mention it in the first post, but spend the extra to get Gortex or fabric with similar properties. Some fabrics are coated and they do not last like Gortex. gordo
post #5 of 16
For temperature control I prefer pants with vents rather than the full zippers (which can move while you are skiing opening up a much larger vent hole then you might want).

The full zippers are very handy if you suit up at when you get to the slopes (i.e. in your car or in the lodge).
post #6 of 16
I'm not sure what kind of weather you're used to skiing in, but if there's ever any wetness, I would recommend getting a Gore Tex pant. I've tried a few of the GT knockoffs and they never seem to work as well -- I always end up going back to GT.

North Face and Marmot both have some nice pants or bibs.
post #7 of 16
The DNA munchie pant has been great. Lots of pockets, lightweight, belt loops, decent price. And there's zippers and not a piece of cheap velcro used to close the pockets!

http://www.skibuckmans.com/product_view.php?age=&category=152&subcategory=157 &id=107
post #8 of 16

Sailing pants

This may sound funny, but I wear my sailing pants (Henri Lloyd, Breeze pants) over EMS fleece pants. For colder days add silk long underwear for a 3rd layer. I stay very warm. The sailing pants are great because they are completely waterproof and light weight. Try West Marine for the Henri Lloyd or Helly Hansen. They probably will be $80-$90. These are the pants I have. Mine are red; my SO's are blue. No, they are not the rubberized rainsuit type pants. They are soft.

post #9 of 16
Northface Hi-Vent may be ok for what u describe.
post #10 of 16
Arc'Terx Theta SK pants.
The last pair you will buy for 10 years.
The best of the best of the best. Sir.
post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by SkiMonkey
Arc'Terx Theta SK pants.
The last pair you will buy for 10 years.
The best of the best of the best. Sir.
Holy crap, $374 for ski pants. It would be the only pants I would buy for 10 years.
post #12 of 16
Just bought a pair of Patagonia Stretch Element pants. Another option would be the Primos.
post #13 of 16
I used the Patagonia Primos for the first time yesterday and without a doubt they are the best ski pants I've ever used in my life. Well worth the money. I paid full price, but managed to get a pair for my wife for $50 on eBay.
post #14 of 16
I have had good luck with Camp-Mor Camp tech pants, and they aren't very expensive.
www.campmor.com
FWIW, I ski in the rain (which keeps the crowds in the east down to really friendly levels) at least five days a season, and as long as I use hot buns the pants have been just fine.
post #15 of 16
If you want to go cheap check out your local tjmaxx. Excellent prices on real good stuff - not Marmot or Patagonia.

Seirra Trading Post has some great stuff too - not marked down enough. Arc'Terx for around $200. I got a pair and they are real nice.
post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by SkiMonkey
Arc'Terx Theta SK pants.
The last pair you will buy for 10 years.
The best of the best of the best. Sir.
Two thumbs up


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