So, I'm in the market for some new hardshell pants. Budget around 400-450 USD. Fit should not be baggy at all. Other requirements are the usual: waterproof, as breathable as possible, reinforced cuffs, some zippers for extra venting (don't have to be full length). Quality is most important.
I had my eyes set on the Arc'teryx Sidewinder SV, until I read a very negative review of it over here ( http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/92200/arcteryx-sidewinder-sv-pant ). The Stingray lacks the protection against edges, which I really tend to need.
I also looked at Westcomb, but since they barely have any (no?) dealers outside Canada, I'm a bit worried about warranty, especially since I live in Europe. The wife vetoed Norrona Lofoten pants, something about colors.. The black one would be ok, but I can't seem to find it anywhere.
Any other suggestions?