The Flash Competition Pants are a great wind pant by themselves, or a perfect match with the competition anorak. Made of the same durable ripstop Araneum fabric as the anorak, the wind pants can be put on or taken off easily while wearing ski boots. With full side zips and minimalist elastic straps to secure them onto your ski boots, the CAMP Flash Pants are an ideal lightweight shell for races or tours in unsettled weather.
- Designed for use with ski boots as they are cut off just below the boot top to save weight and allow buckle operation.
- Front and back elastic straps securely loop underneath the arch of your boot and optionally to a rear catch.
- Constructed with CAMP proprietary Arameum 20 denier ripstop nylon for an excellent strength-to-weight ratio.
- Windproof fabric has a water resistant treatment so you won't be stopped by drizzle or wet snow days.
|Ventilation||Full length side zips|
|Cuffs||Straps for ski boot attachment|
|Fit||Regular fit, loosish shell|
||Araneum ripstop nylon|
|Coating||Calendering water resistant|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Racing, but also a good everyday wind pant|
|Notes||Can be put on and taken off without taking ski boots off|
|Bottom Line||Speedy on, speedy off. Packs down small|
|Compare to other Men's Overpants/Shorts|
Questions & Reviews
Zippers are tiny. So it can be tricky to put them on at a high point where the wind is ripping along. I've found it slightly easier to put them on if I carry them packed up with the zippers engaged a few inches and then fully unzip only one zipper at a time. With both unzipped and the pants flapping in the breeze keeping things straight isn't dead simple.
Background on product familiarity: For three seasons so far, I’ve brought along the Flash Pants pretty much whenever I’ve worn a lycra race suit for training or racing, and for many tours also. Usually just stays buried inside my pack though. Sizing for CAMP clothing is somewhat of a mystery, but the size Medium seems to have just the right relatively loose fit on me (at 5’8” 145lb, with 32” waist).
First, the first impressions out of the box: Finally, some additional lower body protection against the elements with almost no weight and bulk penalty inside your pack!
Everything is miniaturized, so putting them on with frozen fingers in the middle of a race might be tricky. The “waiting for the flood” shortened inseam does look kind of funny, but anyone who would mock you for this is too overburdened with heavy gear to keep up with you.
Second impressions, in use: The extra protection from the elements is just perfect for when your lycra race suit isn’t quite enough. And I stayed dry once from a surprise ~15-minute rainstorm. But it eventually soaked through completely on another tour from a long sustained rain.
Third impressions, for long-term durability: Since it has mainly stayed in my pack, I can’t say. But definitely not the material choice for long nasty bushwhacks.
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