Originally Posted by Supraman
I need to get new pants this year... Any suggestions? I have shorter legs, so I don't want anything too long... I wear a 33"/34" waist with a 30" inseam. Previous pants were Oakley's with a thin bit of insulation... Awesome pants. I also want black, maybe with a slight bit of pattern to it, but I have 8 different coats, and black will go with them all...
As mentioned by Olylady above I recently did do an extensive search to find a pair of short inseam ski pants. You can read about my challenge in the various posts at http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=73114
. I ended up with a pair of TNF Varius Guide pants - they fit perfectly even if they are not quite the quality that I like to buy (but they were pretty much my only choice).
My conclusion is, that unless you like the "snowboarder" look (i.e., baggy and long), you will indeed be happier with a short pant given your 30" inseam. You will also be discouraged to find that the number of companies willing to make such a pant are shrinking by the minute. Fortunately, if you don't care whether or not they come with suspenders or are insulated then there are still a decent number of choices from Arcteryx, Marker, Patagonia, Spyder and TNF (TNF alone makes six or more pants in a short size).
- If you want a suspendered pant then Patagonia drops off the list.
- If you want an insulated pant then Arcteryx and Patagonia drops off the list.
- If you want both insulation and suspenders then your only choices are a model or two from Marker and Spyder.
- Good luck finding any of these pants in a store. Even in Denver the only pair of suspendered short pants I could find were an insulated model by Spyder (and insulation is not my thing, so I ordered my TNF's from their website). I would assume that your chances are even slimmer in Penticton.
- The models available in a short length are typically in the "lower end" of the company's product line. For example, the Spyders use non-waterproof side zippers that are not protected by a velcroed flap. If you want a pant with a high-tech waterproof membrane (i.e., Goretex), then your only choice is probably Arcteryx.
Good luck and report back with your findings however frustrating they might be (been there