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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Stats: 5'9" 210lbs.

I have been using the same pair of Columbia ski pants (do not know the model) for years now and it is time to replace them. The columbia size is large/short. I have a stocky build with short legs. Jeans size - 38x30. Dress pants 40x30 or 40x29.

I am having a hard time finding pants that fit. It seems everything sized large or XL is made for someone 6'10". Someone needs to inform the garment industry that larger waists do not equate to longer legs.

I have not been to every ski shop in the Denver area, but enough to get tired of trying on pants. Anyone out there with my build have any suggestions? I prefer shells to heavily insulated pants. Thank you.
post #2 of 16
You can have them altered, or do as I do and let the boots hold them up.
post #3 of 16
At one point I was thinking about buying this company www.beater.com when it was for sale. They had short, medium, and long in every size at the time. Might give 'em a try.
post #4 of 16
Many of The North Face pants are available in short lengths, but they are difficult to find in a store. I have the same short leg issue and bought the North Face Freedom shell pant from REI last season and they are great. But, I had to order them online.

The North Face Link

REI Link

If you need them fast, you should be able to get them in almost any size at The North Face store up in Boulder. The downtown Denver REI location is a long shot, but worth a try as well.

Finally, most Obermeyer pants are available in short lengths as well. In the Denver area, your best bet is Colorado Ski and Golf for those. I'll warn you that I've found the Obermeyer stuff tends to be sized on the small side; an XL fits about like an L in The North Face.

Good Luck!
post #5 of 16

ArcTeryx?

ArcTeryx's size chart shows XL/Short as a 39 waist with a 29 3/4 inseam. http://www.arcteryx.com/pdf/F07-Sizing-Charts_Mens.pdf

I am 5'8" and about 185. I have a pair of Minuteman's in Large/Short and they fit as good as my Levi 550's in a 36/30.

Maybe find a regular length pair of XL's and see how the waist fits and if that works, ask if they can order you a Short?


Glenn
post #6 of 16
Thread Starter 
I figured that some pants could be ordered in short lengths, but could not find any in stores. I'll try the north face store in Boulder and Colorado ski & golf on Parker road and maybe special order something.

Those Beater pants look interesting. Are they heavily insulated?
post #7 of 16
Good question -- just went through a trousers-buying cycle and even being fairly long-legged, I found that inseams generally ran long.

Companies I saw with "short" versions of their regular trousers: North Face, Lowe Alpine (hard to come by in States), Marmot.

Arcteryx normally seem to run a bit shorter in inseam. Google any apparel maker and "sizing" and you'll see charts which show this for many companies.

I ended up buying THF Varius Guide trousers last week in regular and they fit marvelously. This model also appears in a short version. Good luck!
post #8 of 16
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by fischermh View Post
You can have them altered, or do as I do and let the boots hold them up.
It is not so much the inseam that bothers me as it is how high most of these garments fit on your waist. I carry a lot of my excess weight around the mid section. Combined with a short body, it is not condusive to wearing pants around my belly button. Even with dress pants, I wear them lower on the waist like jeans. When trying on most of the new ski pants, they may fit fiine on the waist, but the crotch hangs so low I instinctively head to the snowboard section of the store.
post #9 of 16
I have Marker and Mammut pants and bibs in short. Found the Mammut at Sierra Trading Post, found the Markers in shops.
post #10 of 16
[quote=matt7180;797979]I figured that some pants could be ordered in short lengths, but could not find any in stores. I'll try the north face store in Boulder and Colorado ski & golf on Parker road and maybe special order something.

Those Beater pants look interesting. Are they heavily insulated?[/quote]

They are insulated - moderately. More than a thin Thinsulate layer and less than typical "insulated" garments. I don't have a pair, so I can't give you specific information about comfort and durability, but through due diligence I did find that the company's customers are very pleased with the products.
post #11 of 16
Only real solution is alteration.

As a short, er, um....stocky fellow, with a 38 waist and 29 inseam, I go for ski shells that fit the body and plan on shortening the legs. Thankfully, my wife has seamstress talents.

Matt, suspenders are a help.
post #12 of 16
Another option to consider is Beyond clothing (www.beyondclothing.com) as they offer extensive customization, including inseam length among other things.
post #13 of 16
I second checking out the north face freedom pant. I just bought a pair here.
http://www.mountaingear.com/pages/pr...6823/N/0#specs
Backcountry has them as well.
They say they are cut a little fuller, and have an elastic waist (in the back) with adjustment tabs.
I got the shells, and they have a nice lining. And the price isnt bad.
Good luck.
post #14 of 16
Suggest Mountain Hardwear Defiant pants. They come in regular, long and short lengths. I have the medium short and have been very happy with them.
post #15 of 16
29 inch inseam here. I have found success with Patagonia (only one or two models come in short) and Marker.
post #16 of 16
Marker makes their pants in a SHORT length.
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