Originally Posted by fishEH
I'm a big fan of holding companies responsible for their mistakes and quality control issues. But this seems pretty cut and dry. You bought a pair of pants for skiing that has no reinforced cuff. If you wanted a pair of pants that would resist cuts you should have bought a pair that has reinforced cuffs. Before I would drop 5, 4, or 3 bills on a piece of clothing I would make sure it has the features I want. I too would be pissed if I spent $400 on something and it got damaged the first time I wore it. But you cannot blame the manufacturer for your ski cutting the pants.
Exactly. Arc'teryx's current lineup has 4 pairs of powder-cuff-equipped shell pants with Keprotec instep reinforcements, and 3 pairs of powder-cuff-equipped shell pants without reinforcements. Simply, the OP chose the wrong pants for his application (skier prone to keeping his legs too close together).
FYI, prior to this season, the Stingray pants were skier-specific, featuring:
* Large Keprotec instep reinforcements.
* Wide lower leg patterning (for the bulkier boot cuffs).
* A large (actually, huge) zipper cover over the fly that was rather boarder-unfriendly. It had a tendency to catch snow in the mens' model if the rider rode regular, and in the women's model if the rider rode goofy.
The Stingray pants were redesigned for this season to be more boarder-specific, where they:
* are now 'loose'. (People who know Arc'teryx know that their patterning is technical (i.e. 'not loose') by default.)
* lost the Keprotec instep reinforcement but gained a Keprotec hem.
* lost the huge zipper cover.
It should be obvious that the OP bought the wrong pants in Arc'teryx lineup. He would have been better served had he bought either last year's Stingray, or any of the four current Keprotec instep-reinforced pants w/powder cuffs (Beta AR pant, Stinger bib, or either of the Theta bibs).