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What Arcteryx pant to consider?

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Any opinions on the Arcteryx Theta SK and Minuteman ski pants? Which is better and why?
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Originally Posted by cjb View Post
Any opinions on the Arcteryx Theta SK and Minuteman ski pants? Which is better and why?
I've got the Minuteman pants. I haven't seen the Theta's up close & only read reviews.

The Minuteman's are Goretex XCR shell 'pants' with thigh length vents. AFAIK, the Theta's are also a XCR shell construction but are a salopette design (bib'n'braces) & have full length zippers right up the outside of the legs.

My take is that neither one is better per se, just different features.
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The minutemans have TERRIBLE edge guards. If you ski hard and ski more than 30 days per season and are the edge guard tearing type of skier (I know people who just dont seem to need them), then they're gonna get torn to shreds in less than a season.
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I have the Theta SK pants, and I'm super happy with them. I've never seen the Minutemans "in real life", but from the pictures it looks as if the Theta has a bit baggier fit, and also much more solid edge guards. BTW Sierra Trading Post has them for $199 (gray color only).
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I tried one (Minuteman) but they didn't have my size. Slightly lower cut than Theta Sk, doesn't extend as far up the back. Minuteman seems to be discontinued this year?

Have skied my SKs for 2 seasons. Tried about 7-8 different brands when I bought them, no other high waist pants with suspenders could match it for fit - I don't like baggy new-school stuff. Tore the elastic in one of my boot cuffs this spring, am about to send them in for repair. I attribute this more to hard use than bad quality, no problems other than this. Bought a second pair 50 % off this spring for backup...
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I've worn both but have only used the Theta SKs extensively. A ski buddy uses the Minutemen. Generally, they're the same thing- same 3 layer Gore-tex XCR, same fit, etc. I went with the Thetas because I hate getting snow down my ass. He likes the Minutemen because he does a fair share of mountaineering. As far as the edge guards go- he has shredded a pair of Minutemen, but it was with crampons, not skis. I've had no problems with my Theta edge guards.

IMO, it comes down to bibs vs. suspenders.
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The minutemans have TERRIBLE edge guards.
I'll second this. I bought some Minutemans last year and the edge guards were toast by the middle of January. Otherwise, great bibs.
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I have the Thetas, fine for two seasons, no leaks or damage.
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....Minuteman

Yes, agree on the edgeguards, and they(ArcT) copped out on making sizes other than your normal, skin & bones, 6' with a 28"waist...18yo..
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Yeah, and too bad AC considers the rapid edge guard destruction on the minutemans to be "normal wear and tear" and refuses to warranty them.
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I have the Theta SK's.
The cut is slim, but works for me. I also prefer less bulk, and the cut lends itself to more than just skiing, but winter snowshoeing, etc.

The bib part doesn't come up too high, and the back brace area is made of a light stretchy nylon.
It gives just a little bit of warmth, so with a lighter top, it helps out a lot.
With a shorter cut jacket, it cuts the wind/snow coming up and helps you to stay warm in colder conditions (trapping more heat, less cold at the low back).

The above design cues is why I got them.
But yeah, mine are cut slim.

IF you can't find `em on sale yet, wait a bit for the new "pro" gore-tex gear to be fully released, and retailers will try to sell off the "old" stuff.
Check the arc'teryx site, it's updated
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